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Celebration of Space - March 1, 2024

Celebration of Space - March 1, 2024

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Now that March is officially here, we are in the last days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Even though your mind may be either still fixated on winter storms, or daydreaming about open windows and beach days, the springtime brings a lot of interestin...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 1 Mar 2024 12:32:09 EST

Celebration of Space - February 23, 2024

Celebration of Space - February 23, 2024

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 7:31 am EST, the February full Moon will occur. This happens every 29.5 days, when the Moon orbits into a position around Earth where it arrives on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. This is an alignm...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:37:29 EST

Celebration of Space - February 16, 2024

Celebration of Space - February 16, 2024

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Tonight, February 16, 2024, starting about 45 minutes after sunset, the first quarter Moon and the Pleiades open star cluster (Seven Sisters) will put on a stunning celestial dance as they will be in conjunction within 1.5° visibly of each other. Being th...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:14:38 EST

Celebration of Space - February 2, 2024

Celebration of Space - February 2, 2024

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Today, Friday, February 2, 2024 is Groundhog Day. Many people associate this day with the humorous story of a groundhog in Pennsylvania emerging to see its shadow or not. But Groundhog Day is actually an astronomical occurrence. It is one of the four cross...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:06:00 EST

Celebration of Space - January 12, 2024

Celebration of Space - January 12, 2024

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This coming Sunday, January 14, 2024, step outside during late twilight (around 6:00 pm), and catch a stunning view of Saturn and the super thin 16% waxing crescent Moon in conjunction. The view will happen over the SW horizon, where the Moon will sit abou...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 12 Jan 2024 12:50:14 EST

Celebration of Space - January 5, 2024

Celebration of Space - January 5, 2024

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On December 30, 2023, the NASA Juno spacecraft, which has been orbiting and studying Jupiter for the past several years, performed a close flyby of the Galilean Moon Io. During this flyby some of the best images of the volcanic moon were captured. Here is ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 5 Jan 2024 13:15:25 EST