Science

Orionids

Posted by on October 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Here is one of the Orionid meteors captured last night by Wayne Griffith, a NEOhio resident.  

Spotting Orion

Posted by on October 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Orion is now visible rising in the eastern sky just after midnight. If you look above Orion, you’ll spot a reddish star, Aldebaran. Continue up from there and you will find the “Seven Sisters,” the Pleiades Cluster.

Stunning Dawn

Posted by on October 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

Brad Timerson, a retired science teacher in western New York, captured this beautiful pre-dawn moonrise with Venus still showing in the morning sky. Very soon, Venus will sink into the brighter dawn colors and will disappear from view in December, re-emerging as an evening “star” for much of 2018. In the meantime, have you been […]

Crescent Moon

Posted by on September 21, 2017 at 11:24 am

With clear skies over the next 5-6 days, we will start seeing the waxing crescent moon with increasing visibility every night, low in the southwest sky: The full harvest moon this year is on October 5th, Thursday night.

Moisture From Irma

Posted by on September 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm

While the deep, rain-producing moisture with now Tropical Storm Irma is confined to the Tennessee Valley and southeast states, some of the moisture very high aloft is getting spun off as far north as Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas. Because there is plenty of moisture available aloft where most of the commercial jet traffic […]

Eclipse Effects

Posted by on August 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

While the light did look a little “odd” at maximum, the effect on backyard thermometers was certainly definitive. Look at this temperature trace thanks to Doug Miller in Holmes County via Twitter (used by permission). NASA’s photo of the eclipse was photobombed by the International Space Station yesterday! If you have an interesting photo, upload […]

Life Of A Sunspot

Posted by on August 13, 2017 at 7:00 am

Here’s a really neat video depicting the life of a sunspot crossing the surface of the sun.

Giant “Sprites”

Posted by on July 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm

They are even bigger and brighter than the “sprites” discovered shooting far into the ionosphere from very large, electrically active thunderstorms. They are called “jets,” and they are so bright, they can easily be seen by the naked eye. Check out this image snapped from the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. You can read […]

Small Full Moon

Posted by on May 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

The near full moon (full on Wednesday) is certainly beautiful, but did you notice how “small” it is? That’s because the moon is cycling near its apogee (farthest distance from the Earth at roughly 250,000 miles). The next lunar perigee is May 25 (closest distance to Earth at roughly 222,000 miles). Unfortunately, we won’t see […]

Orion Bidding Goodbye

Posted by on April 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm

With clear skies tonight, stargazing fans ought to take time to wave goodbye to a winter favorite, the constellation of Orion. It is low in the western sky after sunset. By mid-May, it will be too close to the setting sun to be visible and won’t be visible again until we see it emerge in […]

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