Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

Veneral Sky Show

The Moon and Venus are at it again in the early evening sky. They are just a few degrees apart. However, given your Moon’s crescent state, you may be able to see some great Earth Shine.  It is also called … Continue reading

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8 November: Election Day, Solar Plasma Cloud To Strike Earth

At SpaceWeather: SUN HURLS PLASMA CLOUD TOWARD EARTH:  Yesterday, Nov. 5th, a magnetic filament on the sun became unstable and erupted. The blast opened a fiery canyon in the sun’s atmosphere and hurled a CME toward Earth.  According to NOAA … Continue reading

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14 Nov – SUPER SUPER MOON

Mark your calendars! From Science Alert: We’re about to see a record-breaking supermoon – the biggest in nearly 70 years The closest full moon in the 21st century. If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November … Continue reading

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The Autumnal Tipping Point

In addition to today being Bilbo’s and Frodo’s Birthday, my Roman Curia calendar indicates that the Autumnal Equinox occurred at 14:20 GMT. Here at the Cupboard Under The Stairs, the Equinox took place at 9:21 AM CDT. The word equinox was formed … Continue reading

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CLOSE ASTEROID FLYBY

One of these days… one of these days…. From SpaceWeather: ASTEROID DOUBLE FLYBY:  On Sept. 7th, a newly discovered asteroid about the size of a large grey whale flew over the south pole of Earth only 25,000 miles away. For … Continue reading

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“Admire the beauty but fear the beast.”

What’s your nightmare? From APOD: Explanation: Admire the beauty but fear the beast. The beauty is the aurora overhead, here taking the form of great green spiral, seen between picturesque clouds with the bright Moon to the side and stars … Continue reading

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PROXIMA b!

In a story via the ESO and APOD I have read about PROXIMA b That cool sounding name is the newly spotted planet orbiting the very closest star to your planet other than your yellow sun.  Proxima Centauri can’t be … Continue reading

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The USA Solar Eclipse of 2017 – signs in the heavens

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…. Luke 21:25. At NASA I see that, one year from today, 21 August 2017, the shadow of your planet’s moon, in a great total … Continue reading

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They’re here! The Tears of St. Lawrence

UPDATE 12 August: Very cool.  The view of the meteor shower from above, on the ISS! UPDATE 11 August: From SpaceWeather: PERSEID METEOR OUTBURST–TONIGHT! Earth is approaching a thicket of debris from comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. When … Continue reading

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GREEN-BLOODED BOBBLEHEAD

I picked this up from SpaceWeather while looking at news about your planet’s Sun gobbling up a dying comet. GREEN-BLOODED BOBBLEHEAD: The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek is now. To celebrate (and to support their crowdfunded research program) the students of Earth … Continue reading

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#gopconvention reminds me of two wonderful things

I’ve been watching the Republican National Convention speeches. Tonight, I’ve been reminded of two wonderful things, one in the past and one in the future. First, in the past, today is the anniversary of the amazing moment when man first … Continue reading

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4 July – JUNO!

From Space.com: NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to enter into orbit around JupiterMonday night (July 4), ending its nearly five-year trek to the solar system’s biggest planet. The key event Monday is a 35-minute engine burn at 11:18 p.m. EDT … Continue reading

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A black hole shreds a star

[1] Unto the end, for the presses [gittith]: a psalm of David. [2] O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth! For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens. [3] Out of the mouth of … Continue reading

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New Star Trek series for TV in 2017

Who knew about this?  I didn’t. This seems symptomatic of a lot of screen entertainment these days: revivals and sequels, not much that is wholly new. I suppose the flicks are so expensive to produce now that they don’t want … Continue reading

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Just Too Cool: 9 May – The Transit of Mercury!

It’s not quite as nifty as the Transit of Venus (for which Sousa wrote a march), but it is still very nifty. As viewed from your planet, Mercury will pass in front of your yellow sun on 9 May. From NASA’s … Continue reading

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