What Is The Aurora Borealis?

A result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind, the Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions around the Arctic and Antarctic. These…


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Moon Phases

Here we are going to talk about the moon phases. The lunar phase or phase of the Moon is the shape of the directly sunlit portion of the Moon as viewed by an observer from Earth. What the observer from Earth would…


Leonids

Leonids Meteor Shower

Leonids Quick Facts Leonids Meteor Shower Dates: November 6-30Peak Dates: Mid NovemberPeak Meteor Showers: 15 under perfect conditions*Best Viewing Times: At night after midnightOriginating Constellation: Leo Summary The Leonids Meteor Shower are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet…


Transit Of Mercury

The 2019 Transit of Mercury

A Transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly, transits, between the Sun and a superior planet, becoming visible against the solar disk. During a transit, Mercury appears as…


Satellites

Satellites, Planes, and Meteors, oh my!

This article is going to describe the difference between Planes, and Satellites, and meteors in the sky. It can be tough for newer astronomers to make the determination. Astronomers can use the object Magnitude to describe how…


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What Is A Supermoon

Coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle in Dell Horoscope magazine, the term supermoon was arbitrarily defined as: “… a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach…


Crazy Cold War Space Ideas Space Based Weapons

Although space weapons conjures up a lot of crazy ideas and science fiction, the subject has actually garnered much attention. Several ideas that have been proposed are just that, pure science fiction, whereas others are…


Orionids

Orionids Meteor Shower

Orionids Quick Facts Meteor Shower Dates: October 2 – November 7Peak Dates: Mid OctoberPeak Meteor Showers: 15 under perfect conditionsBest Viewing Times: At night after moonset, but before dawnOriginating Constellation: Orion Summary The Orionids meteor…


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Lunar Eclipses

Although thought of as less glamorous than solar eclipses, Lunar Eclipses are definitely a site worth seeing and experiencing! What is a Lunar Eclipse? A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light,…


Cold War Space Ideas

Crazy Cold War Space Ideas Nuke The Moon

Today we will be looking into a ida that is something that both the US and USSR seriously looked into, was technically feasible, but never actually done, was to nuke the moon. The idea is…