1. The Night Sky for the Week of 9-12-21

    This is the last full week of summer. As the nights lengthen, the bright stars of summer; Vega and Arcturus, stick around in the evening night sky. Venus is low in the evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast. The moon grows to a first-quarter on September 13th. By the end of the week, the moon will be almost full. Next to the moon Jupiter and Saturn Sparkle in Capricornus. https://sky…Read More

  2. Great Dark Skies Locations

    Here are great locations with the darkest skies for excellent astronomical viewing. https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/5-dark-areas-in-the-us-perfect-for-stargazing/1006099. September has a few unique astronomical events to view. Happy autumn viewing. https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/top-astronomy-events-of-september-2021/1010371.…Read More

  3. Summer Triangle 2021

    The Summer Triangle is directly overhead in the evening sky, now that it is late summer. The bright stars Vega, Altair, and Deneb, make up the Summer Triangle. Also, in the western evening night sky; look for the brilliant planet Venus, while in the east look for Jupiter and Saturn. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/sky-tour-podcast-september-2021/…Read More

  4. The Night Sky for the Week of 9-5-21

    Summer is advancing to its conclusion, and nights continue to lengthen. Roughly thirty minutes after sunset in the west, look for "evening star" Venus above Spica, and Mercury is barely visible. The Autumn Star Fomalhaut is now visible below Jupiter by about 10 PM in the southeast. Look for Vega, which is overhead, and the twinkling Arcturus in the western evening sky. These are the two brightest …Read More

  5. Astronomical Events for September 2021

    September is a month of change. One change is that the days grow noticeably shorter. This month the full moon is on Sep 20 and is called the Harvest Moon because it is the closest full moon to the equinox. Another important astronomical event transpiring in September is the autumn equinox on Sep 22. The fall equinox denotes the shift from summer to autumn. https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/sig…Read More

  6. 3D Printing is the Future

    What is 3D printing, and why is it the future of manufacturing. 3D printing is an real world use for chemistry and physics. The following video is a good explanation of 3D printing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzBRYsiyxjI…Read More

  7. The Night Sky for the Week of 8-29-21

    Now that summer is coming to an end; the nights are getting longer. The waning moon is currently only in the morning sky, making the evening sky darker. The last-quarter moon is on Sunday in the constellation of Taurus (look for the bright orange star Aldebaran) with the Pleiades above. When the southeastern sky is dark enough, look for a very bright Jupiter and Saturn in the boat-shaped constella…Read More

  8. Extreme Lifeforms

    In the Karakum desert of Kazakhstan, there is the Darvaza gas crater. The crater was formed when a gas drilling rig collapsed, and the resulting methane leak ignited. Most surprisingly, bacteria were discovered living in the crater. These bacteria metabolize methane gas. Life often finds a way to survive even in extreme conditions. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/gates-of-hell-crater-h…Read More

  9. Jupiter’s Opposition on August 19th

    Jupiter has passed through its opposition on August 19, 2021. The planet has a 12-year orbit around the sun. Each opposition of Jupiter is in a different constellation of the Zodiac. The planet was in the constellation of Aquarius on August 19. It is currently sparkling in the evening sky with Saturn and a full moon. https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/jupiter-12-year-opposition-cycle/…Read More

  10. The Night Sky for the Week of 8-22-21

    Summer is starting to wind down with about a month left. Look for summer's two brightest stars Vega and Arcturus. They are located in the evening sky overhead and the west. Another sign of the end of summers is the constellation of Cassiopeia tilting up in the northeastern sky. At the same time, the bright waning moon forms an arc with the planets Jupiter and Saturn. These two planets will also be…Read More