October 22, 2017

Astro-Vid Of the Week: New Horizons Encounter Video

An artist’s conception of New Horizons on approach to Pluto and Charon.

(Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute JHUAPL/SwRI)

We’re just one year away now from the beginning of a historic solar system encounter. In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will thread its way past Pluto and its retinue of moons. Launched just over eight years ago on January 19th, 2006 from Cape Canaveral, next year’s encounter phase will actually begin late this year when New Horizons switches permanently on for upcoming the Pluto-Charon encounter. [Read more...]

Astro-Event(s): Lunar/Planetary Action & Hunting Triton.

Mars, Saturn & Spica the night of MSL’s Landing. (Photo by Author).

We’re swiftly losing the evening planetary action this month, as Jupiter, Mercury and Venus occupy the dawn skies and Saturn and Mars slide ever lower into the dusk. It’s interesting to watch as Mars appears to “pass” the Spica & Saturn pairing in the constellation Virgo as its orbital motion struggles to keep up with Earth. [Read more...]