Monthly Archives: September 2018

Happy 60th Birthday NASA!

Images credit: NASA. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) began its life on March 3, 1915. Its logo; a circular seal depicting the Wright Brothers fist flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Eventually that evolved into the familiar yellow … Continue reading

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Super Typhoon Trami & Hurricane Florence from Station

Image credit: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. “Sometimes beauty walks hand in hand with a terrifying reality.” On September 25, 2018 European Space Agency astronaut currently serving as a crew member of Expedition 56 on the International Space Station (ISS), captured … Continue reading

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A Spirit in Perpetual Night

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgement: J. Hughes (Rutgers University). Located roughly 150,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the constellation Dorado, a spirit wanders in perpetual night, only observing stars … Continue reading

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The Glow from Afar

Image credit & copyright: European Southern Observatory (ESO). Roughly 65 million light years is the 130,000 light year diameter spiral galaxy cataloged as NGC 1398. As is usually the case with catalogs, its generic name hides the true beauty of … Continue reading

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Now is the Time to Observe Uranus

Images credit & copyright: NASA/JPL Voyager 2. If you love the night sky and the planets in particular then 2018 has been a fantastic year.  Jupiter reached opposition (closest point to Earth) back on May 8, Saturn reached opposition on … Continue reading

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Ariane 5 Launch 100 to Deliver Horizons 3e & Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 to Orbit

Beautiful illustration & images credit & copyright: Arianespace. Launch Alert! Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 21:53 UTC (17:53 EDT & 14:53 PDT) Arianespace will launch their massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA243 carrying the Horizons 3e and … Continue reading

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The Legendary Delta II to Make its Final Flight With the Launch of NASA’s ICESat2

Images credit & copyright: NASA & United Launch Alliance (ULA). Launch Alert! Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 05:46 PDT (08:46 EDT & 12:46 UTC) a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket will be leaving Earth for a date with … Continue reading

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