Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

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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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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