Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

Approaching Jupiter

Stepping aside from things churchy for a moment, here’s a spiffy video spotted at Astronomy Pic of the Day.

EXPLANATION FROM APOD:
What would it look like to approach Jupiter? To help answer this, a team of 91 amateur astrophotographers took over … Continue reading

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Lightning … from above!

No, you are above the lightning for a change.
I found this at APOD.  Very cool.

Explanation: Watch a huge lightning storm move across the eastern USA. The huge storm caused much damage and unfortunately some loss of life for people in … Continue reading

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2017 Solar Eclipse

On 21 August your planet will obscure your yellow Sun and cast a shadow across your planet’s surface. There will be a total eclipse of the Sun that will sweep across these USA.
I, for one, plan on seeing it.
Average cloud … Continue reading

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OLDIE POST: What was the Star of Bethlehem?

In the older, traditional calendar, and in the tradition of both East and West from the earliest days, Friday 6 January was Epiphany.  However, we are now in the time after Epiphany.
I want to remind the readership of a cool … Continue reading

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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 models, … 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 supermoon, when the Moon … 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 by … 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 scale, that’s … 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 in the … 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 seen with … 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 eclipse … 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 Earth plows through the … 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 to … 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 walked on … Continue reading

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