Viewing The International Space Station

Viewing The International Space Station

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Periodically throughout the year, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in the evening sky, offering up stunning opportunities to view bright nightly passes for a few weeks. The ISS orbits planet Earth once every 93 minutes at a 51.6° incl...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:15:58 EST

Transit of Mercury 2019

Transit of Mercury 2019

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On Monday, November 11, 2019 (Veterans Day), a fabulous Transit of Mercury occurred. The event happened in the morning hours, locally starting at 7:39 am and continuing until 1:07 pm. We had clear skies for nearly the entire event, with only the last 15 mi...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:29:38 EST

A Transit of Mercury for Veterans Day

A Transit of Mercury for Veterans Day

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Mercury will reach inferior conjunction, which is when Mercury orbits in between Earth and the Sun. Even though this happens about 4 times per year, this particular inferior conjunction is quite special. On that date, Mercury ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:12:03 EDT

October Meteor Showers

October Meteor Showers

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

If recent events during the last few months are any indicator, Chicken Little may have been right. The sky is falling. The sky is falling. Back on July 24 at approximately 2:44 a.m. EDT, a soccer ball-sized meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere above Lake ...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:46:50 EDT

A New Statistic For Earth-like Exoplanets

A New Statistic For Earth-like Exoplanets

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Over the past several years, exoplanet hunting has become all the rage, and rightfully so! Are we alone in the Universe? That is a powerful question, possibly one of the most game changing questions of our existence. It is the question that drives so much ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:23:06 EDT

Weekly Happenings - June 19, 2019

Weekly Happenings - June 19, 2019

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Weekly Happenings is a weekly digest of current events and happenings in astronomy and science, either local or worldwide. This is the place to grab a quick astro-fix to settle your anxiety about space or perhaps to woo your friends with your astro-prowess...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:00:27 EDT