Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

Great. Just… great! Another thing to worry about.

As if planet killing asteroids and civilization killing CMEs weren’t bad enough, now we get to think about… “killer electrons”. At SpaceWeather: A NEW SOURCE OF SPACE RADIATION: Astronauts are surrounded by danger: hard vacuum, solar flares, cosmic rays. Researchers from … Continue reading

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20 July 1969 – Man on the Moon – 50 years ago

Today is the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon – 20 July 1969. As a little kid I spent my summers in Montana and Wyoming, riding and running like a swift browned animal.  The … Continue reading

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SYZYGY WATCH! Rare Total Eclipse of the Sun

There was a rarish total solar eclipse on 2 July which terminated at the eastern coast of S. America (think Argentina… portentous!). Rarish because totality was viewed close to sunset, near to the horizon, producing some amazing views. A reader … Continue reading

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MULTIPLE CMEs ARE COMING – GEOMAGNETIC STORM UNDERWAY NOW

This might have an effect on Ham Radio operation.  Also, those of you in the north might watch for aurora borealis! From SpaceWeather: GEOMAGNETIC STORM UNDERWAY NOW: A surprise geomagnetic storm is underway on May 14th. Storm levels are currently at G2 (moderately … Continue reading

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A bit of cheery news about a potential Extinction Level Event. But not to worry!

Meanwhile, I read this cheering bit of news at FNC: Huge ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid to pass near Earth in 2029 A 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named for the Egyptian god of chaos will fly past Earth in 2029 within the distance … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Beresheet Moon Landing expected to start at 3:05 p.m. EST (2005 GMT).

Israel spacecraft Beresheet will attempt Moon landing today. Moon Landing expected to start at 3:05 p.m. EST (2005 GMT). UPDATE: A selfie from Beresheet… UPDATE: The lander did NOT safely land. UPDATE: We were using ZedNet during the landing process.  … Continue reading

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First photograph of a real Black Hole

No, this is not a photo of the HQ of the Fishwrap, a place so dense that no light can escape it. Nor is it a pic of the Jesuits’ Generalate in Rome.  This isn’t an artistic rendering of the … Continue reading

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Ultra-cool video about Thursday’s Moon landing!

As you know, Beresheet is the Hebrew word for “In the beginning”. It also is the name of Israel’s unmanned moon-landing mission! The landing is scheduled for Thursday. Here is an ultra-cool video about how they are doing it without … Continue reading

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SPACEWEATHER: Strange Northern Lights!

This is from SpaceWeather…. very cool. I’ll bet this freaked out a lot of people… though there aren’t a lot of people up there. ___ ROCKETS DUMP CHEMICALS INTO NORTHERN LIGHTS: Last night (April 5th) in Norway, researchers at the Andøya … Continue reading

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FINALLY! Pres. Trump’s Exec. Order concerning EMP preparedness

FINALLY! Long-time readers here will recall that I’ve written on occasion about the devastation that a large Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) would cause.  A large enough EMP could take out much or all of the electrical grid that our lives have … Continue reading

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Of Flaring Suns and Starry Nights

While Ham Radio operators are vexed by the lack of spots on your planet’s yellow star, there is still activity. Frankly, having read recently 48 Hours by William Forstchen – US HERE – UK HERE – this sort of story makes me … Continue reading

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Opportunity: R.I.P.

How sad.  Mars rover Opportunity seems to have come to the end of its mission.  HERE Low batteries and a bad dust storm.  That was it. A 3 month mission lasted almost 15 years.

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TRANS-NEPTUNIAN COMET APPROACHES EARTH

One of the best titles ever… From SpaceWeather: TRANS-NEPTUNIAN COMET APPROACHES EARTH: In only a few days, newly-discovered Comet Iwamoto will split the orbits of Earth and Mars, making a relatively close approach to our planet visible through small telescopes. … Continue reading

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Super-Wolf-Blood Moon!

Tonight… for a lot of you. Alas, I won’t be able to view it. Rats. I would have loved to see this thing against the background of downtown Tokyo, where I am as I write. We have a Super-Wolf-Blood Moon. … Continue reading

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Photos of Ultima Thule!

The first images of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule are on SpaceWeather. New Horizons is a NASA spacecraft that was the first to visit Pluto in July 2015.  It continued into the Kuiper Belt.   This is only the fifth craft … Continue reading

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