1. Lunar Alignment

    Here is a great lunar alignment, which will occur in the predawn sky on Thursday morning. The moon will align with the planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/moon-to-align-with-jupiter-mars-and-saturn-before-dawn-thursday/70004337…Read More

  2. Asteroids

    Here is great article on asteroids. They are minor planets. The one discovered was Ceres, and was originally considered a new planet. They are classified by their orbits and their reflectance spectrum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid…Read More

  3. Cherry Blossom Festival

    The annual blooming of the Japanese cherries in Washington DC is about to begin. The buds go through five cycles. The end of March and the beginning of April is the projected to be the peak of the bloom.  https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/how-horticulturalists-determine-the-peak-bloom-date-of-washington-dcs-cherry-blossoms/70004297…Read More

  4. The Sky for the Week of 3-4-18

    The end of winter is approaching. But the constellations of Orion, Sirius, and the Pleiades continue to shine, in the evening sky. Jupiter and the moon rise about midnight. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-march-2-10/…Read More

  5. The History of the Shortest Month

    Ever wonder why February only has 28 days, except for leap years of course. The answer is that the ancient Romans where trying to make a calendar that worked. http://mentalfloss.com/article/55327/why-are-there-only-28-days-february…Read More

  6. Meteor

    Meteor's are different from comets, which where discussed in the last post, because meteors are rocks. There are three types: iron, stone, and stoney-iron. Most meteors originate in the asteroid belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteors…Read More

  7. Comets

    Here is great article on the snowballs of the sky. Comets are very interesting and make great pictures. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet…Read More

  8. The Sky for the Week of 2-25-18

    Here is what in the night sky this week. Of particular note is the second brightest star Canopus. It is due south of the brightest star in the sky Sirius. But Canopus can only be viewed below the 37 degrees of Latitude. Also, the moon is out in all its glory this week. Many planets are also visible this time of year. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-february-23-m…Read More

  9. Chandra X-Ray Observatory

    Here is another great NASA observatory. It is called the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Many great discovers have been made with it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandra_X-ray_Observatory…Read More

  10. Cold Weather

    We are having a cold snap. Temperatures are near record lows. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/when-will-record-cold-relinquish-its-grip-on-western-us/70004207…Read More