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Armstrong Flight Research Center

Armstrong Flight Research Center

The Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center, sometimes abbreviated as AFRC, is NASA’s premier installation for atmospheric flight research. The Research Center is chartered to research, develop, verify and transfer advanced aeronautics, space and related…


Quadrantids

Quadrantids Meteor Shower

The Quadrantids are a January meteor shower with a maximum meteor shower rate as high as that of two other reliably rich meteor showers, the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December, yet Quadrantid meteors are not seen as often as meteors…


Exciting 2020 Astronomical Events

Other than the typical meteor showers, equinoxes, conjunctions, and flybys, exciting astronomical events of 2020 include several SuperMoons and Lunar Eclipses in visible in the Pacific Northwest! SuperMoons Of 2020 It looks like there will…


space conferences

Space Conferences In The Pacific Northwest 2020

There look to be 2 big name space conferences that are being held in the Pacific Northwest area. These conferences will definitely have a Pacific Northwest feel as will most of the major conferences. Although…


planetary exploration

Planetary Exploration In 2020

2020 is going to be an exciting year in planetary exploration with missions to Mars, the Moon, and 2 sample return missions. 4 Mars missions are planned, which are scheduled to bring to Mars–3 rovers,…


2017 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipses

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when…


Geminids Meteor Shower

Geminids Meteor Shower

Although not as well known nor is weather as necessarily as good in the Pacific Northwest, the Geminids Meteor Shower are a prolific meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a “rock comet” orbit….


December Solstice

December Solstice

Occurring on either December 21 or December 22, the December Solstice is the winder solstice for the Northern Hemisphere, which signals the first day of winter. In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstice signals the first…


Supermoon Full Moon Lunar Surface

Lunar Surface Detail Observations

The moon is the closest celestial object to Earth and one of the largest objects in the sky. It is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since man landed on its surface….