Thursday, January 3, 2013
Hartland skywatchers: A NASA astronomer says ISON's fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky through January 2014.
Thursday, January 3
Forget the Hunter's Moon in 2013. Local skywatchers might get to see a spectacular Hunter's Comet — the newly discovered comet ISON. A NASA astronomer says ISON's fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky from October 2013 through January 2014. And the comet may hove into view without the help of a telescope. It all depends on whether the sun's heat vaporizes ices in the comet's body, scientists say in an article posted in the Huffington Post. Comet ISON will fly within 1.2 million miles from the sun's center on Nov. 28, 2013, astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, told the San Jose Mercury News. If the comet makes it through the sun's heat …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is on its way–make plans to enjoy the light show in Brighton.
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight Dec. 13 until dawn on Dec. 14. If you liked the Perseids meteor shower 2012 in August, you should love this show. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over the decades the rates have increased, regularly spawning between 80 and 120 per hour at its peak on a clear evening. How spectacular is it? Just take a look at this video of the Geminid meteor shower. You can also look at some spectacular photos of the Geminids. The forecast for Brighton on Thursday night is mostly clear, with a low around 29 degrees, …
Monday, December 3, 2012
One science journalist says he has an idea of what it will be.
Monday, December 3, 2012
It's not being announced at NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center, which we can claim in our neck of the woods, but NASA Monday will release what's being called a noteworthy finding by the Curiosity rover now investigating the surface of Mars. Rumors began flying after chief Curiosity scientist John Grotzinger was quoted by NPR as saying that the rover had recently gathered data "for the history books." However, NASA downplayed expectations in a statement Friday. "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote. "At this point in the mission, the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Mike Rosinski earns top honor in astrophotography for 'A Summer Night's Dream.'
NASA chose a picture Mike Rosinski of Hartland took of his yard for its Aug. 5 Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), where an astronomer writes a detailed explanation of the photo. Rosinski, who works for Nissan as a manager engineer, has a passion for astrophotography. Here's is a series of Patch questions and his answers about his achievement: PATCH: Is there a prize associated with being selected? ROSINSKI: No, just your "15 minutes of fame" with fellow astrophotographers. Would be nice if I could win some contest and get a few $$'s to offset my gear, but I'm into this as a hobby/enthusiast. PATCH: Have you been selected before? ROSINSKI: My first time selected at the APOD site. Many, many people submit photos there, thousands. PATCH: If…