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Chasing the eclipse…

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Scientists are planning to  chase the  shadow of the moon using NASA’s research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the US,  to capture the clearest ever images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere.   They will be studying  the ionosphere,  among other things.  For those of us who will be earthbound for the event,  you can use  this site  to type in your zip code and discover when it will most impact your area.

Here is  some of  the gear you should have gotten.  Did you  get a telescope?   Or a  certified filter  for your camera?   Or will you just be in one of these  hot watch  spots?  If you  don’t have  the certified ISO glasses,  don’t look!   But there are other things you can do, laid  out here.

Traffic has  been awful  in many of the  best viewing  areas,  but none can beat South Carolina for maintaining a  sense of humor  about the entire affair.

While this eclipse is a  wondrous thing  to witness,   remember it’s just a business  opportunity  for some,  while it’s an event carrying different shades of meaning for many cultures,  including the Navajo.

You probably shouldn’t try tying the event to Trump supporters as the Boston  Globe did,  and you should definitely use care,  especially if you’re driving because some of those in traffic with you won’t be paying attention to the road.  There will be a plethora of pictures from a wide variety of sources,  so even if you can’t observe in real time,  you won’t miss a thing!

 

 

 

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August 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

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Colored clouds…

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If you’re up early enough and near the mid-Atlantic coast,  you can see the colorful result  of NASA  using vapor tracer chemicals,  which produce colors.  NASA will be live-streaming the event  here,  beginning at 3:45 AM.

 

 

 

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June 4, 2017 at 3:30 am

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Asteroid approach!

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Beware!  Run and hide!   Or perhaps not,  since NASA considers 1.1 million miles from earth to be a  “very close  approach.”   Maybe it ill comfort you to know that the agency thinks there is no chance that asteroid 2014 JO25 will actually collide with our blue ball.

If you know someone with a decent amateur telescope,  ask to watch the asteroid tonight.

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April 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

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Eugene Cernan, R.I.P.

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Eugene Cernan,  the last astronaut to walk on the moon,  has died.   That leaves only six more living who have strolled on the moon.

 

 

 

 

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February 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm

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Smiley sun…

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NASA has released a photo of the sun with active spots and plasma which look  like a smile.   There’s a scientific explanation for all the features,  but a smile will suffice for me.

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December 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

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NASA capture…

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Double eclipses are rare,  and one of NASA’s satellites has captured one on camera  for your viewing astonishment.   The event occurs when both the earth and the moon cross into the path of the sun.

 

 

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September 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Kepler spacecraft emergency…

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This is not the first crisis the Kepler spacecraft has suffered since its launch in 2009,  but because it is now 75 million miles from Earth,  this may be  its worst.   Distance matters when you’re trying to identify the problem which caused this planet hunter to go into emergency mode,  not to mention the eighteen minutes it will take for any commands to reach the plucky pioneer.

One hopes NASA engineers can pull another rabbit out of the hat so Kepler can continue on and perhaps find another 5,000 planets.

 

 

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April 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm

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