In October, NASA released this HD video of Jupiter based on new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. Jupiter is in fine view in the morning sky, high in the east before dawn.
Venus and Jupiter, on the evening of June 30, 2015, as seen from an alley in my neighborhood in Chicago. Tonight and tomorrow night (July 1) the two planets are closer together in the sky than the width of the Full Moon.
Venus and Jupiter (and the Crescent Moon) June brings good news and bad news. First, the bad news: June 2015 is already the third rainiest month in Chicago history (as measured at Midway Airport). The good news: Whenever the skies clear, June 2015 presents a great opportunity to view Venus and Jupiter at sunset all… Read More Sunset Sky Show
It has been very cloudy over Chicago for most of the last two weeks–which is disappointing on many levels, not the least of which is that the winter sky brings many astronomical delights. To tide you over until the next clear sky, take a look at this NASA animation of the Moon as seen from… Read More One Year of Lunar Phases
Today is the first full day of autumn; the equinox was last night. Below is a video clip showing what the Earth looks like from space on the equinox (from Russian meteorological satellite Elektro-L). Note that the terminator line (between dark and light) is vertical, aligning with Earth’s axis of rotation.
Today (June 21) is the solstice, marking the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In celebration, here is a video that shows the apparent path of the Sun across the sky in New York State at different times of the year. Our latitude in Chicago is similar, so a video shot here would… Read More Solstice!