November 1, 2014

AstroEvent: 2xBright Planets in the Dawn Sky.

Jupiter, Venus, & Mercury+a 1 degree FOV on the morning of May 11th.

(Created by the author in Starry Night).

The planetary conjunctions reach a climax this week, with a close apparent pass of the two brightest worlds in our solar system, Jupiter and Venus in the dawn sky.  These worlds seem to meet on the morning of May 11th, with Jupiter shinning at magnitude -1.9 about 0.5 degrees from -3.8 magnitude Venus. This will place both within the same field of view using a low power eyepiece, and may illicit queries of “what are those two stars low in the sky?” [Read more...]

21.01.11: Earth Observations set for Glory.

Simulation of Glory on station in Low Earth Orbit. (Credit: NASA).

Yesterday, NASA gave a sneak peak look at its latest tool in its arsenal in the quest for the understanding of global climate change. Glory arrived at Vandenberg Air force Base last week and is set for a pre-dawn launch atop a Taurus XL 3110 four-stage rocket on February 23rd. [Read more...]