General

The Discovery of Pluto 90 Years Later

2020 marks the 90 year anniversary of the discovery of Pluto. Pluto was officially discovered on February 18th, 1930, by Clyde W. Tombaugh of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona. Founded by Percival Lowell in…

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Japanese Space Program

50th Anniversary Of Japan’s First Satellite

On February 11th 1970, Japan became the fourth space power after launching the satellite Ohsumi into orbit from Uchinoura Space Center, Japan. Launched on a Japanese Lambda 4-S booster at 04:25:00 UTC, the Ohsumi spacecraft…


December February Supermoon

Is February 2020 A Supermoon?

February 9th will see a Full Moon but not a supermoon, as the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully…


asteroid redirection

Asteroid Redirection

Come learn about the basics of asteroid redirection including what are asteroids, why redirect them, and what options are available. Asteroids striking Earth are never a good thing. What is an Asteroid? The classic definition…


planetary exploration

Mars 2020 Missions

2020 is going to be a big year for Mars Missions as Earth and Mars are in good positions relative to each other for landing on Mars. As a result, there are 4 Mars planned missions–3 rovers, 2…



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…