?

Log in

Skywatchers' Journal
 
[Most Recent Entries] [Calendar View] [Friends]

Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in Skywatchers' LiveJournal:

[ << Previous 20 ]
Monday, July 6th, 2009
11:13 pm
[oasis_nss]
The Space above your head
Here's what's going on in the Space above your head in LA for July-August.

Find out more at space_above_la
Saturday, June 27th, 2009
10:08 pm
[oasis_nss]
Apollo 11 Anniversary Event with Buzz Aldrin -- July 23
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of our moon landing. Dr. Buzz Aldrin will be there to talk about his experiences.

Find out more about what's going on in the Space above your head in LA at space_above_la

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!Collapse )
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
12:45 am
[oasis_nss]
What's going on in the Space above your head in LA?
Come join OASIS, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Space Society, at space_above_la to find out where the REAL stars are in LA!

We hold lectures, visit various aerospace facilities in the LA area and go stargazing (yes, there really are places where you can still do that).

Come find out what's going on in the Space above your head in LA!
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
10:53 am
[sailor_moonbeam]
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
9:28 am
[kindstar]
December 12th Giant Moon




"The full Moon will loom larger in the sky on Friday than it has since 1993, as it will be nearly as close as it ever comes to Earth in its orbit.

The Moon does not orbit Earth in a perfect circle. Instead, it follows an elliptical path that brings it 50,000 kilometres closer to our planet on one side of its orbit (called perigee) than the other (apogee).

On 12 December, the Moon will enter its full phase, when its disc appears completely illuminated by the Sun, just four hours after reaching its closest point to Earth. This will make it 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons in 2008, though the difference will be hard to distinguish by eye (see the difference in the full Moon's size in 2004).

It will be eight years before the Moon appears so big again. "This evening's Moon is not only the largest for 2008 but also during the period 1993-2016," says Anthony Ayiomamitis, who lives in Greece."

For observers in the northern hemisphere, tonight's full Moon will also appear higher in the sky than any other this year. Around midnight, it will shine down from nearly overhead.

Photo and text from: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16266-tonights-moon-is-biggest-in-15-years.html

Wow! The moon was spectacular last night here in southern California! I'm surprised no one took and posted photos. It should still be wonderful tonight, so any skywatchers out there --watch! It's too wonderful to miss!

Another photo, from: http://www.newsoxy.com/astronomy/article11477.html


Sunday, November 30th, 2008
11:05 pm
[flyboys]
Moon and Planets
Nice sky show this evening.

Moon Venus and Jupiter
The bigger version is better. :) Clickie the pic.

Tomorrow's view should be even better as the moon makes a closer group with the two planets. Go check it out in the evening just after sunset.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
5:11 pm
[annflower]
Are you blogger dreaming about space? Learn how to get there for free!:)

Most of us will never go to space - at least, not for a decade or so. But while we may not be able to go on a space walk or bounce around in zero-G, the prospect of being able to send something into the Great Beyond sounds like a decent consolation.

IntoSpace.org is hoping to make that happen for a mere $2.

The site is offering a deal that is reminiscent of the Million Dollar Homepage. You pay $2 for the rights to a 0.4×0.4 inch block on a piece of paper, on which you can include a photograph, piece of text, or logo. If you purchase more than 20 blocks at once, you’re eligible for a small discount. There are around 250,000 blocks available, which means IntoSpace could potentially earn around $500,000.
original article on techcrunch

There’s a special offer for bloggers: you tell your readers about the project and go with us into space for free. Bloggers are going into space for FREE in a separate rocket (1000 seats)!

Project's website - http://intospace.org
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
12:41 pm
[sailor_moonbeam]
incredible slow motion lightning - check this out!
"Well, this is just about the most amazing thing I've ever seen. It's a lightning bolt that's shooting down from the sky, shot in slow motion. I'm not sure exactly how fast this camera is, but it's got to be shooting at a speed faster than the Casio EX-F1 can shoot at, at least at a resolution this high. Whatever, who cares? Just watch this and prepare to be blown away."

http://gizmodo.com/5034458/slow-motion-lightning-video-is-mindblowing-will-sell-a-thousand-slo+mo-cameras
Monday, August 11th, 2008
5:33 am
[flyboys]
Perseid Meteors on Tuesday Morning!!!!!
PERSEID METEOR ALERT:
The Perseid meteor shower is underway and should reach its peak during the next 24 to 48 hours. Forecasters say the best time to look is during the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday, August 12th. The glaring moon sets around 2:00 a.m., and that's when the Perseids will come out to play. Get the full story from Science@NASA.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
10:18 pm
[flyboys]
Moon tonight.
The moon was beautiful tonight, Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a really good shot... this will have to do. :)

Clickie for bigger if ya want.
Moon Trees


G'nite all.

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
7:35 pm
[flyboys]
Beautiful Halo
The halo display over Boise was BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

Halo1

Halo2

Video clip behind the cut of the halo and tail end of the second arcCollapse )

Current Mood: artistic
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
9:30 pm
[flyboys]
**Eclipse Reminder**
Courtesy of SpaceWeather.Com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the full Moon over Europe and the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red. It's a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec. 2010. When should you look? Click here for an animated timetable.



Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
4:47 pm
[flyboys]
Upcoming Lunar Eclipse - Feb 20th.
Snagged from Science.Nasa.Gov

<tr><td align="right" width="124"> 02.13.2008

</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2">

+ Play Audio | + Download Audio | + Email to a friend | + Join mailing list

Feb. 13, 2008: On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the full Moon over the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red and possibly turquoise, too. It's a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec. 2010.

The Sun goes down. The Moon comes up. You go out and look at the sky. Observing the eclipse is that easy. Maximum eclipse, and maximum beauty, occurs at 10:26 pm EST (7:26 pm PST).

see caption

Above: A preview of the Feb. 20th lunar eclipse created by graphic artist Larry Koehn. Click on the links to view labels for other time zones: GMT, AST, EST, CST, MST, PST, Alaska, Hawaii.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the shadow of Earth. You might expect the Moon to grow even more ashen than usual, but in fact it transforms into an orb of vivid red.

Why red? That is the color of Earth's shadow.

Consider the following: Most shadows we're familiar with are black or gray; step outside on a sunny day and look at your own. Earth's shadow is different because, unlike you, Earth has an atmosphere. The delicate layer of dusty air surrounding our planet reddens and redirects the light of the sun, filling the dark behind Earth with a sunset-red glow. The exact tint--anything from bright orange to blood red is possible--depends on the unpredictable state of the atmosphere at the time of the eclipse. "Only the shadow knows," says astronomer Jack Horkheimer of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium.

Transiting the shadow's core takes about an hour. The first hints of red appear around 10 pm EST (7 pm PST), heralding a profusion of coppery hues that roll across the Moon's surface enveloping every crater, mountain and moon rock, only to fade away again after 11 pm EST (8 pm PST). No special filter or telescope is required to see this spectacular event. It is a bright and leisurely display visible from cities and countryside alike.

While you're watching, be alert for another color: turquoise. Observers of several recent lunar eclipses have reported a flash of turquoise bracketing the red of totality.

see caption"The blue and turquoise shades at the edge of Earth's shadow were incredible," recalls amateur astronomer Eva Seidenfaden of Trier, Germany, who took the picture at right during the European lunar eclipse of March 3-4, 2007. Dozens of other photographers have documented the same phenomenon.

Right: A "turquoise eclipse" photographed by Eva Seidenfaden of Trier, Germany, on March 4, 2007. [Larger image] [more]

The source of the turquoise is ozone. Eclipse researcher Dr. Richard Keen of the University of Colorado explains: "During a lunar eclipse, most of the light illuminating the moon passes through the stratosphere where it is reddened by scattering. However, light passing through the upper stratosphere penetrates the ozone layer, which absorbs red light and actually makes the passing light ray bluer." This can be seen, he says, as a soft blue fringe around the red core of Earth's shadow.

To catch the turquoise on Feb. 20th, he advises, "look during the first and last minutes of totality." That would be around 10:01 pm EST and 10:51 pm EST (7:01 and 7:51 pm PST).

Blood red, bright orange, gentle turquoise: it's all good. Mark your calendar in vivid color for the Feb. 20th lunar eclipse.

SEND THIS STORY TO A FRIEND

Editor's note: This story is written for an American audience, but not only Americans can see the eclipse. People in Europe and western Africa are also favored. International maps and timetables may be found here.

</td></tr>

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
1:52 am
[mikedin]
Hi!
I want to show you our weather service for all people who interesting in meteorology and weather.
MeteoStone is a mashup, integrated with google maps, flickr, youtube and several government weather services.
But the main feature is user-generated content, such as weather reports, videos, webcams etc...

Why we add such ability for users as weather report? Just because we know that weather forecasts is not precious often and it don't get infrmation about:
- weather effects like rainbows
- haven't geographical precious more than city, but this information can be useful sometimes
- comments from people, who live in current territhory

Did you saw a films about weather, natural disasters etc with fantastic weather systems in it? :) We want to make a global user-driven weather system and you can help us.

Thanks and welcome to our site!

ps. I hope, this post will be useful for this community. If you have any questions about meteostone, just comment here, or find me on meteostone (I'm mikedin) or mail.me (details is in my LJ profile)
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
10:23 pm
[flyboys]
Lunar Eclipse on Tuesday Morning (August 28th)
For those interested in the Total Lunar Eclipse on Tuesday Morning, Follow the link below. - My apologies for how it shows up in your browser... LJ doesn't do the best with multiple embeds in one post.. =(
Apparently i can't Cut & Embed in the same post.... sorry for jacking your friends pages.



Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
11:43 am
[flyboys]
Lunar Eclipse later this month
OK, So, Last night was a nice little meteor shower that I forgot to tell people about.
I stayed up through about 3:30am this morning watching it.
Since I forgot to tell people, I figured I'd give a little heads-up for something later this month.

THE MOON WILL DISAPPEAR!!
ok... not really.

But we will have a nice Lunar Eclipse!
I've put some of the information below behind a cut for those of you not interested.


Eclipse Diagram

Path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows
during the Total Lunar Eclipse of Aug. 28, 2007.
(Pacific Daylight Time)

More about the Moon going dark...Collapse )
Saturday, September 9th, 2006
6:17 pm
[sailor_moonbeam]
tornadoes?
Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
608 PM CDT SAT SEP 9 2006

ILZ031-037-038-043>046-055>057-100115-
WOODFORD-TAZEWELL-MCLEAN-DE WITT-PIATT-CHAMPAIGN-VERMILION-
DOUGLAS-COLES-EDGAR-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BLOOMINGTON...NORMAL...CHAMPAIGN...
URBANA...DANVILLE...CHARLESTON...MATTOON
608 PM CDT SAT SEP 9 2006

...FUNNEL CLOUDS SIGHTED OVER SOUTHEAST CHAMPAIGN COUNTY...

THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ESDA REPORTED SOME SIGHTINGS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS
NEAR SIDNEY...OR ABOUT 8 MILES SOUTH OF CHAMPAIGN.

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS EXIST THIS EVENING ACROSS A PORTION OF
CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS THAT FAVORS THE POSSIBLE
FORMATION OF WEAK CIRCULATIONS ON A PRE-EXISTING BOUNDARY. SOME OF
THESE CIRCULATIONS ARE OCCURRING UNDERNEATH DEVELOPING SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS...WHERE A FUNNEL CLOUD MAY DEVELOP. ONCE THE RAIN
BEGINS...THE FUNNEL CLOUD DISSIPATES.

LOW HANGING CLOUDS CAN ALSO APPEAR TO DIP UP AND DOWN AT TIMES...BUT
THEY WILL NOT SHOW SIGNS OF ANY RAPID ROTATION. AN ACTUAL FUNNEL
CLOUD WILL EXHIBIT SPINNING IN A COUNTER-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.

IN RARE INSTANCES THESE FUNNELS MAY BRIEFLY TOUCHDOWN. STAY ALERT
AND BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A SAFE SHELTER IF A FUNNEL CLOUD APPROACHES
THE GROUND.

$$
SMITH
Thursday, February 16th, 2006
4:00 pm
[sailor_moonbeam]
ice storm warning
Ice Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
340 PM EST THU FEB 16 2006

...WINTER STORM CONTINUES OVER LOWER MICHIGAN...

.A STRENGTHENING STORM SYSTEM...CENTERED OVER SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN
THIS EVENING...WILL MOVE QUICKLY NORTHEAST OF THE AREA BY MIDNIGHT.
THIS STORM WILL CONTINUE TO BRING THE REGION A WINTRY MIX OF
PRECIPITATION. SNOW AND SLEET...OCCASIONALLYY MIXED WITH FREEZING
RAIN...WILL CONTINUE NORTH OF A WHITEHALL TO CLARE LINE.
PREDOMINATELY FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OCCUR SOUTH OF THIS
LINE AND NORTH OF A HOLLAND TO ST. JOHNS LINE. LATER THIS EVENING
VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AND COLDER AIR WILL FOLLOW THE STORM.
THE STRONG WINDS MAY BRING DOWN ICE COVERED TREE LIMBS...POSSIBLY
CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

MIZ046-050-170300-
/O.CAN.KGRR.WS.W.0001.000000T0000Z-060217T1100Z/
/O.NEW.KGRR.IS.W.0001.060216T2040Z-060217T0300Z/
ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOUNT PLEASANT...MUSKEGON
340 PM EST THU FEB 16 2006

...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...
...ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED AN ICE
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING.
THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

FREEZING RAIN...MIXED AT TIMES WITH SLEET AND SNOW...WILL
CONTINUE INTO EARLY EVENING. ICE ACCUMULATION OF ONE QUARTER TO
ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS LIKELY. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL
DEVELOP LATE THIS EVENING. THESE WINDS COULD BRING DOWN TREES ICE
COATED TREE LIMBS WHICH MAY RESULT IN SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.

AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS
WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY
DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU
MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL
LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT
ADD TO THE DANGER.

$$
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
4:46 pm
[sailor_moonbeam]
can i get a woot-woot!?
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
349 PM EST WED FEB 15 2006

...WINTER STORM HEADING FOR LOWER MICHIGAN...

.A DEVELOPING FRONTAL SYSTEM JUST SOUTH OF LOWER MICHIGAN WILL
LIFT NORTH ACROSS THE STATE THURSDAY AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING
SURFACE LOW. THIS WILL ALLOW WARM AND MOIST AIR AHEAD OF THE LOW
PRESSURE AREA TO MOVE NORTH AND INTERACT WITH MUCH COLDER AIR
NORTH OF THE FRONT. THIS SETUP WILL ALLOW FOR A GOOD DEAL OF
PRECIPITATION TO DEVELOP OVER THE AREA BEGINNING THIS WEDNESDAY
NIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

MIZ044>046-050>052-056>059-064-065-160500-
/O.UPG.KGRR.WS.A.0002.060216T0500Z-060217T1000Z/
/O.NEW.KGRR.WS.W.0001.060216T0500Z-060217T1000Z/
NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-
IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FREMONT...BIG RAPIDS...MOUNT PLEASANT...
MUSKEGON...GREENVILLE...ALMA...JENISON...GRAND RAPIDS...IONIA...
ST. JOHNS...HOLLAND...HASTINGS
349 PM EST WED FEB 15 2006

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 AM
EST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 AM
EST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

RAIN OR SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS EVENING AND CHANGE OVER TO
FREEZING RAIN LATER TONIGHT AND LAST INTO THURSDAY
MORNING...RESULTING IN ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF AT LEAST A QUARTER OF
AN INCH. ALTHOUGH TEMPERATURES THURSDAY AFTERNOON MAY BRIEFLY WARM
TO ABOVE FREEZING...ANOTHER ROUND OF FREEZING RAIN...SNOW OR SLEET
IS EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT...AND THIS WILL CHANGE OVER RAPIDLY TO
SNOW. STRONG GUSTY WINDS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WILL GREATLY
INCREASE THE CHANCES FOR POWER DISRUPTIONS AND EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS
TRAVEL WHEN COMBINED WITH ICE COVERED ROADS...TREE BRANCHES...AND OTHER
STRUCTURES. LOWERED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO BE
POSSIBLE. TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS IN THE 24 HOUR PERIOD FROM LATE
TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING COULD EASILY EXCEED A QUARTER
OF AN INCH.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

$$
1:03 am
[kryptonwizard]
I am inspired to post because of the poster who posted before this post.

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/Saturn_storm.html
Check it!
[ << Previous 20 ]
About LiveJournal.com