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Celebration of Space - October 23, 2020

Celebration of Space - October 23, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Overnight Tuesday, October 20 – Wednesday, October 21, 2020 the annual Orionid Meteor Shower peaked. Though a notable meteor shower, the Orionids do not bring the intense increases in meteor activity that we see from the Perseids, Geminids, or Quadrantid...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:59:45 EDT

Celebration of Space - October 9, 2020

Celebration of Space - October 9, 2020

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This past Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Earth made its closest approach to Mars for Mars’ 687 day orbital period, at a distance of 38.6 million miles. Usually, this happens during opposition of an outer planet, though with Mars, this is not always the case. ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 13:47:40 EDT

Photo: Mars Nears 2020 Opposition

Photo: Mars Nears 2020 Opposition

From Gallery: Mars - The Red Planet

On September 5, 2020 I captured this photo of Mars as we closed in on the opposition period. In this view several surface features are visible including Gale Crater, Mare Cimmerium, Elysium Planitia, Elysium Mons, and the southern polar ice cap. Opposition...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 11:39:00 EDT

Celebration of Space - October 2, 2020

Celebration of Space - October 2, 2020

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Last night, Thursday, October 1, 2020, the NG CRS-14 (ISS resupply) launch from Whallops Flight Facility in Virginia was scrubbed. The next launch window opens at 9:16 pm ET tonight (October 2, 2020). The launch will carry 8,000 lbs of research, crew suppl...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 2 Oct 2020 12:51:28 EDT

Celebration of Space - September 25, 2020

Celebration of Space - September 25, 2020

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This past week, awesome views of the International Space Station (ISS), passing over the US during the evening hours, resumed. Continuing until October 4, 2020, evening views over our region will continue. Though this past week had the best views of the st...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:24:05 EDT

Celebraton of Space - September 18, 2020

Celebraton of Space - September 18, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This coming Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 9:31 am EDT, Earth will reach the point in our orbit where we are neither tilted towards nor away from the Sun. This is the Autumnal Equinox and marks the first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Those who ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:24:52 EDT