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Celebration of Space - May 22, 2020

Celebration of Space - May 22, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This coming Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 4:33 pm ET, the first crew supported launch from the United States to occur since the last launch of the Shuttle missions on July 8, 2011, is happening. This launch will occur on SpaceX hardware and will launch from N...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 22 May 2020 14:49:51 EDT

Photo: The Milky Way in 2020

Photo: The Milky Way in 2020

From Gallery: Milky Way Galaxy

On the morning of April, 22, 2020, the Milky Way galaxy galactic nucleus rose beautifully over Frosty Drew Observatory during the Lyrid Meteor Shower peak. April and May is the peak viewing season of the Milky Way at Frosty Drew Observatory, with excellent...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 18 May 2020 09:15:18 EDT

Celebration of Space - May 15, 2020

Celebration of Space - May 15, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Starting Thursday, May 14, 2020 the International Space Station (ISS) returned to the evening sky over the US, specifically the Northeast. This brings back fabulous passes of the ISS over our region in the evening hours for the next three weeks. Additional...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 15 May 2020 13:46:24 EDT

Celebration of Space - May 8, 2020

Celebration of Space - May 8, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Last Friday we mentioned Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN, the new comet that is making serious waves in the comet lull of late. Well since last Friday, Comet SWAN has continued to brighten, undergoing what appears to be another outburst. Outbursts happen when the co...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 8 May 2020 12:45:07 EDT

Photo: Venus' Fabulous Crescent Phase

Photo: Venus' Fabulous Crescent Phase

From Gallery: Planet: Venus

Venus captured on May 5, 2020 at 21% waning crescent. The blue regions in the image are features in the extensive cloud deck that covers Venus. This image was captured in 685nm, IR, and UV. Credit: Scott MacNeill / Brown University Physics...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 8 May 2020 12:23:06 EDT

Solar Minimum Endures

Solar Minimum Endures

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

Since my last update on the Sun’s Deep Minimum persistence, sunspot activity on the solar disk continues to be low. Here is the data for the last five years: Year    Spotless    Percentage Days 2019    281        77% 2018    ...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Tue, 5 May 2020 09:18:20 EDT