The Astronomy Photo of the Day from January 26 was this beautiful photo of the moon with a halo of ice crystals and bright “moondogs” surrounding it, by Alaskan Photographer Sebastian Saarloos.
Wired Science recently posted a gallery of “The Solar System’s Most Spectactular Geology.” Click through to see a photo of Europa, one of the largest moons of JUPITER. It’s a fascinating place because it probably has an ocean of liquid water underneath the surface of the ice. JUPITER is currently the brightest object in the… Read More Wired Science: Europa’s Icy Surface
Sun and Moon In Chicago, the SUN sets this week between 5:01 pm and 5:09 pm Central Standard Time and rises between 7:07 am and 7:01 am Central Standard Time. The MOON is in its waning gibbous phase. At the start of the week, it rises at about 7:00 pm Central Standard Time, but by the… Read More Skywatching This Week: January 28-February 3
We are in for some cloudy nights here in Chicago, so let me shine the spotlight on Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, and it is in fine view in the evening sky all winter. Indeed, the only thing brighter in the night sky right now is the Moon. Jupiter is… Read More Spotlight on Jupiter
From io9, Rachel Klippenstein wrote this description of Saturn and a few of its moons in the #upgoerfive format, that is, using only the ten thousand most common English words. http://io9.com/5977086/this-upgoerfive-about-saturn-and-its-moons-is-a-truly-beautiful-thing?tag=this-is-awesome
This is a photo I captured of last night’s close pairing of the Moon and Jupiter. Jupiter does not look very impressive in the photo because it is underexposed relative to the moon; the moon is so much brighter than Jupiter, even though they are both impressive to the naked eye. So I had to… Read More Photo: Moon and Jupiter