Our Night Sky for November 2014

Our Night Sky for October 2014

Our Night Sky for October 2014 from Midnight Rider Productions on Vimeo.

Hi, I’m Carolyn Collins Petersen. October has many good sky-gazing objects to see – from planets to a pair of eclipses and a meteor shower to some favorite constellations and deep-sky objects. Grab your binoculars or small telescope, so click Play to get started!

Our Night Sky – September 2014

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Every month is a great month to go out and explore the stars and planets starting a couple of hours after sunset. Carolyn Collins Petersen, is your guide to skygazing for August 2014. This month you can see gorgeous planets, and some familiar constellations. Be sure and dress for the weather, and bring along binoculars or a small telescope to enhance your view.

Our Night Sky – August 2014

Seven thousand years ago, a star like the Sun, that had swollen up to become a red giant, began its final transformation to become a white dwarf. Its outer atmosphere, was speeding away to space, and  formed shells of gas and dust. In the center lay, and its light heated up the shells, causing them to glow.   Today, from a distance of twenty-three hundred light years, this is what we see in our sky, leftover from that long-ago event. It’s called the Ring Nebula.  Hi, I’m Carolyn Collins Petersen, and this month, I’ll show you how to find this object, a famous southern-hemisphere globular cluster, four planets, and a lot  more. Let’s get started!

Our Night Sky – July 2014

Our Night Sky – July 2014 from Midnight Rider Productions on Vimeo.

Hi, I’m Carolyn Collins Petersen, your guide to the starry skies of July. This month is mid-summer for northern hemisphere viewers, while observers in the southern hemisphere are observing winter skies. As you stargaze, bring along binoculars or a small telescope to help enhance your view.

Ceremony marks next major step forward for the world’s largest optical/infrared telescope

Today a groundbreaking ceremony took place to mark the next major milestone towards ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Part of the 3000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones was blasted away as a step towards leveling the summit in preparation for the construction of the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.

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Astronomers Use Hubble to study bursts of Star Formation in the Dwarf Galaxies of the early Universe

They may only be little, but they pack a star-forming punch: new observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show that starbursts in dwarf galaxies played a bigger role than expected in the early history of the Universe.

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A Runaway Pinwheel Galaxy

Against a stunning backdrop of thousands of galaxies, this odd-looking galaxy with the long streamer of stars appears to be racing through space, like a runaway pinwheel firework.

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Launch Alert Update

Rocket Launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 | ORBCOMM OG2This launch was rescheduled to June TBD. 


Experience the memorable sights and sounds of the powerful roaring engines of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it thrusts into the sky from SLC-40.

The rocket carries six second-generation ORBCOMM OG2 communications satellites, providing significant enhancements to messaging capabilities. Second-generation OG2 satellites include an Automatic Identification System (AIS), allowing AIS-equipped ships tracking, navigation and safety features. ORBCOMM Inc. is the exclusive provider of commercial satellite networks that are 100% dedicated to machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. The satellites provide two-way data messaging services for ORBCOMM’s global customers.

Located along the Banana River and only five miles from the launch pad, the Apollo/Saturn V viewing area offers guests both bleacher and lawn seating at the closest public viewing areas. The viewing areas feature live launch countdown commentary by Bob Crippen, veteran NASA astronaut.

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First Light for SPHERE Exoplanet Imager

SPHERE — the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument — has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and has achieved first light. This powerful new facility for finding and studying exoplanets uses multiple advanced techniques in combination. It offers dramatically better performance than existing instruments and has produced impressive views of dust discs around nearby stars and other targets during the very first days of observations. SPHERE was developed and built by a consortium of many European institutes, led by the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, France, working in partnership with ESO. It is expected to revolutionise the detailed study of exoplanets and circumstellar discs.

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