Tonight’s the peak of the best meteor shower of 2015. So after midnight tonight until 6 am Thursday are the ideal times to look. So how do you increase your chances to see meteors? Find a dark sky location! Read more
We have many meteor showers throughout the year, but here are 2 that I always look forward to the most. They are the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December. These 2 meteor showers tend to produce the highest rate of meteors per hour. These 2 usually produce around 80-120 per hour in very dark spots. I laugh when people pump up other meteor showers that have peaks of 10-20 per hour and occur during an almost full moon. Read more
The saying goes, “Once in a blue moon”, as a way of saying something that is rare or doesn’t happen very often. In this case, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month when we typically only have one. Which is the modern definition of a blue moon. There is an older definition that is kind of weird honesty. Some feel that a true blue moon is the 3rd of 4 full moons in a season. Read more
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
I received numerous reports of what people thought was a shooting star or what many knew was something breaking up on re-entry into our atmosphere. It’s clear from the pictures, and some video that I received that it was some piece of either space junk or an old rocket body re-entering the atmosphere. Read more
Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical Highlights for Charlotte.
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- Keep an eye on the western sky at sunset throughout June. Venus is visible below and to the right of Jupiter. Over the coming weeks, Jupiter and Venus will draw closer together each night, until the final evening of June when they will be less than a degree apart.
Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.
You can connect with Tony right here
- Russian ground controllers have given up on regaining contact with the Progress M-27M. The craft is expected to reenter within the next weeks. Odds are this will happen over water. NORAD is tracking 16 objects related to the launch, far more than usual.
- The Moon and Saturn will appear very close to one another the evening of Tue May 5. The Aquarid meteor show also reaches its peak that night.
- This week and next continue to be a good time to see Mercury with the naked eye, about 30 minutes after sunset. Unfortunately, the new crater created by the MESSENGER spacecraft won’t be visible to telescopes for several weeks.
Saturday mornings full and fast lunar eclipse won’t be visible to people east of the Mississippi river. Sure technically we could see the very start but the moon will be so low on the horizon trees or building will likely block your view. By the time things get good, the moon will be below the horizon and the sun will be coming up. Read more
A coronal mass ejection or CME from the sun is interacting with the earth magnetic field created what is classified as a G4 or severe geomagnetic storm. Too bad it’s dark right now because we would be seeing auroras or northern lights all the way into North Carolina and parts of the south. Hard to say if this will late past sunset but if you have a good view of the northern sky give it a try tonight. Plus if you have some satellite or GPS issues you know why. More information on space weather http://www.swpc.noaa.gov Read more