The March 20th Solar Eclipse wasn’t visible from Silicon Cali but through the power of the internets we get to see some amazing images taken of the event.
Well known French Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured this awesome video of the International Space Station (ISS) transiting the Solar Eclipse:
Thierry Legault shot these images in Spain using a CCD camera equipped telescope with solar filters. You can’t capture this kind of imagery with your iPhone 6. Check out his website here: http://www.astrophoto.fr/
Did you see the Blood Red Moon high over Silicon Valley early this morning? No, not Moon Bloodgood, a real lunar eclipse. Locations closer to the coast and parts of the peninsula were clouded over and could only see the moon through the clouds. The Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland hills had good views and had so many people show up that they had to turn some away.
If you didn’t get a chance to see the lunar eclipse this time, the next one visible in our area is October 8th, 2014.
And no you don’t have to think about the omen of a red blood moon. It’s just the light from the sun passing through the earth’s atmosphere before illuminating the moon. Just astrophysics in action, despite what the doomsayers like to preach.
Launched on April 22nd 2013 to get a view of our planet on World Earth Day, EVA the cow braved the edge of space (without a helmet!) and parachuted back down to the surface. EVA is from Tauranga, New Zealand but made the trip to the California Edge of Space Port to ride a weather balloon to the altitude of 120,000 feet above the planet.
After parachuting into the harsh desert environment of Death Valley, EVA used the opportunity to begin training for her next mission: Jumping over the Moon!
Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be speeding past the planet Earth today, just inside the orbit of our band of geosynchronous satellites. But don’t worry. The flying space rock will pass 1000 miles from the closest satellite. No need to worry about losing your television or internet signals. You can follow the asteroid 2012 DA14 through live coverage from observatories around the world at NASA JPL’s Ustream channel and on Twitter or use #asteroid or #2012da14. Google had a cool animated Google Doodle commemorating the close flyby of Asteroid DA14 but pulled it after injuries were reported in the Russian meteor airburst explosion.
Check out this NASA animation:
And I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Russian meteor explosion that took place on the same day as the asteroid flyby. Here’s a few of the videos that local residents shot of the Russian meteor event in the town of Chelyabinsk:
And a video from a cab, must have looked like an ICBM coming in or something:
And RT has a video of the meteorite crater smashed into the frozen Lake Chebarkul:
Famed astrophysicist and one time Big Bang Theory guest Neil deGrasse Tyson went on the Today show to explain why the Russian Ural Mountains meteorite wasn’t picked up on radar.
And of course the Bay Area and Silicon Valley got a show today with a bright meteor #fireball captured on a dash camera and seen all over the area. The debris from the burning meteor was even picked up on NBC Bay Area’s weather radar when tweaked to show all objects.
The video below was shot on I-280 heading south at 7:44PM tonight.
The moon and the planet Jupiter will be in a very close conjunction on Monday night and should be visible from anywhere in the Bay Area. The sky is expected to be clear. Just look to the south and you’ll see the waxing gibbous moon and bright Jupiter very close together high in the sky. The Moon and Jupiter won’t appear this close again until 2026.
If you can’t make it outside, slooh.com will be showing the view live online through their telescopes.
Here’s the view from a slightly foggy night here in Silicon Cali:
Don’t miss the bright light from the Harvest Moon this Saturday night. You should be able to see it rising in the east as darkness falls in the valley. Just tear your eyes away from the glow of your smartphone for a bit and witness the natural glow of the full moon. In the age before electric lights and glowing digital devices this was the only way to get work done at night. The harvest moon will be full at 8:19 PM Saturday night.
Pics coming soon! from Saturday night, just after 8 PM Cali time:
Don’t miss your last chance to see a NASA Spaceshuttle flyover! On Friday morning, September 21st, the modified 747 carrying the Space Shuttle Endeavour will make several low altitude passes over the Bay Area and Silicon Valley before heading south to LA.
The shuttle, a veteran of 25 missions to space, will be flown on top of the custom Boeing 747 aircraft to its final location at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.
NASA hopes people share their sightings with the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105 on social media sites.
From NASA’s press release:
“On the morning of Sept. 20 21, the SCA and Endeavour will take off from Dryden and perform a low-level flyover of northern California, passing near NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and various landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento. The aircraft also will conduct a flyover of many Los Angeles sites before landing about 11 a.m. PDT at LAX. ”
The Space Shuttle Endeavour Boeing 747 combo is planned to fly over Moffett Field at only 1,500 altitude so ear plugs are recommended.
NASA media advisory on the Shuttle Ferry Flight here.
Did you see it? At about 6:09 AM this morning a bright fireball streaked across the sky looking south from the peninsula. It was bright enough to be seen in the pre dawn light. Did anyone else see it? Any ground impacts? We’ll see if any reports come in.
This meteor may have been enough to cause some sonic booms as it entered the atmosphere but I was driving south on 101 at the time so road noise drowned out any possible sound fro the falling space rock.