Win a Trip to the Kennedy Space Center for 4!

Published September 26, 2014 by ashawnomy

Click the link below for a chance to win a trip for 4 to the Kennedy Space Center that includes airfare, hotel, a behind the scenes tour, lunch with an astronaut, and a meteorite!!!  Let me know if you have any problems with the link below.  I cut and pasted it after I entered.  Or I’m sure you could figure it out on your own.  Enjoy!

http://sciencecontests.secondstreetapp.com/Win-a-trip-to-the-Kennedy-Space-Center

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Spinosaurus is Here!

Published September 17, 2014 by ashawnomy

The National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. is now host to a wonderful exhibit on the Spinosaurus.  With one of the first complete skeletons, paleontologists have come to view a different type of Spinosaurus.  The new picture puts her in the water as more of a giant swimming predator instead of the giant mass leaning over the beach attempting to grab giant animals that wouldn’t have been able to get close enough to the shore to be caught in the first place (sorry for the sarcasm, I believe it was laid on pretty thick.)  Anyway, I hope to getting over there this weekend, so another place to explore this weekend if you have the time.  A link to the site is below:

https://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/exhibits/2014/09/12/spinosaurus-lost-giant-cretaceous/

Rock Creek Park Sky Party

Published September 17, 2014 by ashawnomy

Just wanted to let everyone know that this Saturday, September 20th, at sunset, Rock Creek Park at Military and Glover Road will host their “Exploring the Sky”.  They will be focusing on the rising Andromeda Galaxy and the upcoming Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd at 10:29 pm.  The park brings out 2-3 large telescopes and all the public to look through them at specific targets.  It is awesome, and you can often find me there, so if you are free this Saturday evening, you should stop by.  It is family friendly and free and you will often find children there, so don’t be afraid.    Just click the link below for the park site.

http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/expsky.htm

Cloudy Conditions Make Perseids Tough to See

Published August 2, 2014 by ashawnomy

I live in Montgomery County, MD, and I’ve been looking outside and keeping an eye on the Clear Sky Chart and it doesn’t look good for tonight.  Cloud cover is still pretty dense and doesn’t appear to be letting up at any point during the night.   If anyone sees anything different, feel free to let me know!

I’ll try and update again tomorrow night to see if it looks any better.

Cheers

Perseid Meteor Shower is Coming!

Published August 1, 2014 by ashawnomy

 

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The above illustration was created by NASA.

     One of the better meteor showers is getting ready to peak. The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks around August 12th, but this year it will be contending with a full moon. Even worse, it’s a “SUPER MOON”, which is really just a full moon when it is closer to the Earth than usual. And, this one just happens to be THE brightest of the year. So . . . start looking this weekend!

Even though the peak is a week from now, producing between 50-100 meteors per hour, this weekend should still produce some good sightings, so try and set aside some time to do this. It’s summer, the weather is warm and the kids don’t have school on Sunday. Unfortunately, the best time to see them would be just before dawn. However, I am pretty sure if you are out around 11-ish, you may be able to see a few and that’s all that really matters.

The Perseids occur when the Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle as it continues through it’s 133 year orbit. They appear to originate from the constellation of Perseus, hence the name, which will be located from north-northeast part of the sky.

Take this as a call to get out and try your luck at Meteor-Finding!

A Perfect Night by Jared Melrath

Published June 10, 2014 by ashawnomy

My old friend Jared has written another piece about his Astronomical experiences.  I don’t want to spoil it, but it describes a night that we all long to have with our night sky and the people we love.  Please, take a few minutes to read and feel free to share your experiences if you want.  You can find his writing in his own section, “A Corner of Jared.”