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Charlotte Astronomy and Sky Watcher Highlights in the week ahead.

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.

You can connect with Tony right here

Highlights

  • Throughout March Jupiter will be prominent high in the SE sky after sunset and remaining visible almost all night.
  • Venus will also be very bright in the glow of the setting sun.
  • Will also be visible at sunset below Venus. The planets will have more angular distance between them as the week goes on.
  • Saturn will be high in the Southern sky before dawn.
  • Thu Mar 05 13:05:23: full moon

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Charlotte space and sky watcher highlights for the week

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.

You can connect with Tony right here Read more

Charlotte space and sky watcher highlights for the next week.

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.

You can connect with Tony right here Read more

Wednesday mornings lunar eclipse in Charlotte

While we will have the chance to see the lunar eclipse a few things are working against it being a great event in the Charlotte region. Let’s start when the when and where stuff. Read more

Why we don’t really have equal day and night on the equinox.

Tonight at 10:29pm EDT we will have the Autumnal Equinox marking the astronomical beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere. Most people think of the equinox as having equal day and night. I mean that’s what equinox actually means in Latin, so why wouldn’t you?  Read more

Dog days of summer aren’t what you might think.

The dog days of summer are upon us and you might think that they have something to do with hot and humid weather. Well that isn’t exactly where the term originated from; the dog days of summer are actually July 3rd through August 11th.   Read more

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Tuesday morning April 15th.

The 1st total eclipse of 2014 is a lunar one and also the same night the Moon, Earth and Mars will all be aligned. Talk about an astronomical jackpot! This is also the closest Mars will be to Earth until May 22, 2016. So it will be the brightest and biggest until May 2016.  Read more

Solar Flare will help Produce Strong-Severe Geomagnetic Storming the next 24-48 hrs.

A 1.2 X-Class solar flare occurred on Tuesday and launched what is called a CME or Coronal Mass Ejection towards the Earth. This CME will be impacting the Earth today through tomorrow causing a Geomagnetic storm. Read more

2014 Starts with the 1st of 2 Super Moons in January.

A rare event happens on the very 1st day of 2014 a “Supermoon”. The term “Supermoon” is kind of made up term as it really just means perigee moon. That means the moon is at it’s closest approach to the Earth within it’s orbit. We will have the 1st of 2 “supermoon” on January 1st with a 2nd coming on January 30th 2014. Read more

Solstice Sun Spikes on Doppler Radar

Today is the summer solstice when we have the highest sun angle of the entire year at 78.4° above the horizon at solar noon. Most people know this at the astronomical beginning of summer. One very good way to see how the sun angle changes by season is to look at the sun spikes which appear briefly on Doppler radar twice a day at sunrise and sunset. Read more

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