Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

CQ CQ CQ: #HamRadio – International Space Station UPGRADED

Although I am a NASA certified Space Shuttle Door Gunner and a certified expert on the Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser, I have not yet had a contact with the International Space Station.  Contact, that is, via radio. I received a Just … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio issue: Video from NASA about “Our Next Solar Cycle”

NASA has a video about the next Solar Cycle. Every 11 years your planet’s yellow star goes through a cycle of more or less activity. This activity can effect the layers of your planet’s atmosphere. In turn that impacts the … Continue reading

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The Tears of St. Lawrence are intensifying

While yesterday was the Feast of St. Lawrence, the Tears of St. Lawrence are to intensify today. Your planet is moving through the debris field of a comet, Swift-Tuttle.  Over the next few days there will be more and more … Continue reading

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Sun Daggars!

This is super cool. I’ve always been interested in how people track time, during the day and across the seasons. I’ve posted about the sundial of Augustus in Rome and the obelisk of St. Peter’s, the sunclocks of St. Sulpice … Continue reading

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Comet tales

This morning I am celebrating with an onion bagel and avocado, with really strong coffee in my Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist mug. Thanks to my local Ham Radio “Elmer”, last night I was finally able to get a great glimpse of … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Jezero Crater

My View For Awhile… well… this one might have to be postponed for a while. I’ve signed up with NASA for some news and links for the upcoming launch of PERSEVERANCE and the little Martian chopper INGENUITY. The way I see it, … Continue reading

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Look! Up in the sky! ISS and Crew Dragon and mini rant.

From NASA’s Astronomy Pic of the Day, comes a time lapse, composite view of the International Space Station zooming along in tandem with Demo-S, Crew Dragon, over Manhattan’s skys.  This was taken at the reservoir in Central Park. Very cool. … Continue reading

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#LaunchAmerica SUCCESS!

THAT was cool. This afternoon I set things aside to watch the launch of the first manned space flight from USA soil in almost a decade.  Demo-2 atop the Falcon 9.  Postponed a few days ago because of weather, today … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Today NASA with SpaceX will, God willing, launch men into space, from these USA!! #LaunchAmerica @FatherZ wistfully muses

What I would give today to be several decades younger so that I could be a chaplain in the US SPACEFORCE! Today NASA with SpaceX will, God willing, launch men into space, from these USA!! First time in long time. … Continue reading

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1st Space Force mission is a go

This is some cool news… From the Washington Free Beacon: First Space Force Mission Is A Go ‘We’re launching a giant spacecraft into space’ Space Force’s first official mission is a go, with personnel set to launch a military communications … Continue reading

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Air Force Bases to change names: SPACE FORCE BASE!

For your Just Too Cool file. From Florida Today… Air Force: Space Coast bases will change names to reflect Space Force The Space Coast’s two Air Force bases will soon change names to reflect their connections to the military’s newly … Continue reading

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The Last Full Moon Of This Decade

Last night I was zipping through Columbus Circle and saw that your planet’s Moon was full. At it turned out, the last Full Moon of your decade was at 12:12 EST on 12/12. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Transit of Mercury

Just for fun. From APOD. I especially like the “We’re all going to die!” music.

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2 Sept 1859: The Carrington Event

On this date, 2 September 1859 your planet was struck by a massive solar storm which caused the Carrington Event. Read about it.  A powerful solar wind struck the Earth.  The “Northern Lights” were visible in the Caribbean.  You could … Continue reading

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Your Planet’s On The Move

Very cool video from a different perspective.  We are used to observing the night sky from what we feel is a fixed point on Earth.  But it isn’t fixed.   We are constantly on the move.  What if we could view … Continue reading

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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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