Watch out for Fake Moons!
I have to admit: I wish this one was real. The huge moon eclipsing the sun somewhere around the north pole went viral crazy last week looking something like you’d see in a Star Wars movie on another planet. The descriptor even read like a movie-trailer:<i><b> Imagine that you are in a place between Russia and Canada in the Arctic during the day, where there is 24-hour daylight in the summertime. At a certain time, the Moon appears for 30 seconds just above the horizon - which explains it’s enormous size - and after it covers the Sun for about 5 seconds - it disappears again!<br/> A completely fall-to-the-knees moment!</b></i>
‘Sign for every single player’: Woman popular for making Astros signs excited ahead of Game 6
Whether you’re at Minute Made Park or watching the ball game from home, you will see a lot of signs in the stands. Signs for both teams. If you look along the third base line, you will see a regular face-- Barbara Moon.
Look for constellations in the sky
I hope you took advantage of the crystal-clear night skies recently to see Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter as the waxing Moon drifted among them along the ecliptic. It was a special treat after so many cloudy or light polluted nights. Mars is not in the lineup now; it is behind the Sun. It will reappear in the dawn sky during November.myrgv.com
Look for the baseball diamond in the sky
Some students in local schools have expressed interest in investigating astronomical subjects for their science fair projects. Many teachers in the school district spend a lot of time working with their students after school in order to help willing learners to develop an understanding of the deeper aspects of science. Hats off to those educators who give of themselves so generously to other people’s children every day.myrgv.com
With no summit, South Korean president to skip Olympics
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has decided not to visit Japan for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, citing a failure to set up a summit with Japan's prime minister that would produce meaningful results in improving relations. Moon’s office said Monday that officials from Seoul and Tokyo held talks over longstanding disputes about wartime history and a “future-oriented” development of their relations, but did not find enough common ground to support a summit between their leaders. The countries had been discussing the possibility of Moon visiting Tokyo to participate in the Olympics’ opening ceremony and having talks with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga about repairing bilateral ties that have sunk to postwar lows in recent years with disputes over history, trade and military cooperation.news.yahoo.com
Johnson Space Center’s New Director Leads Where No Black Woman Has Led Before – Houston Public Media
Vanessa Wyche, a 30-year NASA veteran, directs an organization whose current missions include sending astronauts to the International Space Station and returning humans to the Moon.houstonpublicmedia.org
Meteor shower begins this week
The Delta Aquarids meteor shower begins this week, but peaks on the night of July 30. The Brownsville Southmost Branch public library and the South Texas Astronomical Society are co-hosting an event on Sept. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. to call attention to the meteor shower.myrgv.com
Government vows to uphold free speech in transgender treatment debate
The Government has vowed to uphold free speech in the transgender treatment debate as it suggested children should be protected from medicalisation. Responding to concerns that a ban on conversion therapy will criminalise professionals treating children with gender dysphoria, officials have given assurances that they will protect under 18s from "irreversible decisions". The Government Equalities Office vowed to safeguard young people "from inappropriate interventions and uphold the independencenews.yahoo.com
Popular ex-prosecutor in S. Korea launches presidential bid
South Korea’s former top prosecutor launched a bid to run in next year’s presidential election Tuesday, vowing to unseat the current liberal government that he once worked for and that he also investigated for possible corruption. Yoon Suk Yeol tops surveys on the South Korean public’s preferred future leader, and his announcement will likely heat up the race to find a successor for President Moon Jae-in, whose single five-year term has been marked by roller-coaster diplomacy with North Korea, a deepening domestic divide and varied economic woes. “I’m stepping forward with a determination to change the government,” Yoon said at a news conference.news.yahoo.com
Binoculars, telescopes will help you enjoy the night sky
This week there should be plenty of time to stargaze, although clouds in the sky will prevent faint objects from being detected easily. Be sure to use mosquito repellent to prevent you from becoming a blood donor to the next generation of these pests. You might also want to install a bat house near your home or add an opossum to your pet menagerie. This time of the month is better for star gazing while the Moon is in its waxing crescent phase. There are plenty of ideas related to astronomy, including the number of stars that can be seen during the course of a specific time period.myrgv.com
The stages of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse of 2021 explained
No avid skywatcher ever misses a total eclipse of the moon. This celestial pageant is often more beautiful and interesting than one would think. During the time that the moon is entering and later emerging from Earth's shadow, secondary phenomena may be overlooked. To help prepare for the upcoming eclipse of May 25-26, Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao — a veteran of 18 total lunar eclipses — has prepared a timeline of the stages of the total lunar eclipse, including some of the things you might expect to see. Super Flower Blood Moon 2021: Where & when to see the supermoon eclipsespace.com
‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse comes before sunrise Wednesday. But here, it may look like someone took a bite out of it, not swallowed the orb whole.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible to a good portion of North America early Wednesday, but because it won’t begin until close to sunrise in Chicago, astronomers say the experience will be more like that of a partial eclipse locally.chicagotribune.com
NASA is making sure there's a reliable power source on the Moon
NASA is working with commercial companies to make sure there are reliable power sources available on the Moon. Niki Werkheiser, director of technology maturation in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), describes why this technology matters. “Having reliable power sources on the Moon is key to almost anything we do on the surface. Chuck Taylor, who is leading the solar project at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., explained why the designs are beneficial. “These solar power designs could help enable continuous power for Artemis lunar habitats and operations, even in areas that are shaded by rocky features."chron.com
NASA successfully conducts Green Run hot fire test for Artemis Moon Rocket
NASA successfully targeted a two-hour test window at 3:40 p.m. Thursday for the second hot fire test of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. WATCH LIVE:The hot fire is the eighth and final test of the Green Run series to ensure the core stage of the SLS rocket is ready to launch Artemis missions to the Moon, beginning with Artemis I. The core stage includes the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank, four RS-25 engines, as well as the computers, electronics, and avionics that serve as the “brains” of the rocket. AdThe first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will test the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft as an integrated system ahead of crewed flights to the Moon. Under the Artemis program, NASA is working to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon to pave the way for sustainable exploration at the Moon and future missions to Mars.
Artemis: How ever changing US space policy may push back the next moon landing
Now the international Artemis programme, lead by Nasa, is aiming to put humans back on the Moon by 2024. It was not until July 20 1989, the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, that President HW Bush inaugurated the Space Exploration Initiative. Another eight years would pass before, in 2004, President GW Bush, partly as a response to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, announced a revitalised Vision for Space Exploration. This is the first time in decades that a new US administration has continued with the deep space human spaceflight policies of the previous one. This would make it vulnerable to the many vagaries of US deep space human spaceflight policy that we have seen for most of the spaceflight era.space.com
Houston horticulturist shares 4 tips to help your garden recover after the winter freeze
HOUSTON – Winter storm Uri wreaked havoc on people’s plants and trees all across Texas, but it’s possible for your plants to survive with the right care. Brent Moon, horticultural manager with the Houston Botanic Garden, shared helpful post- freeze tips to get your garden back in shape. Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Hinckleyana’) (Houston Botanic Garden)“It is very important to remove dead and rotting foliage as soon as possible. Firebush (Hamelia patens) in the Upland Forest (Houston Botanic Garden)“For plants such as Hummingbird bush (Hamelia), Ixora, Oleander, Duranta, Esperanza, etc. To connect with Houston Botanic Garden, click here.
Artist adds touch of moon (tree) dust for Apollo 14 50th anniversary
Chris Calle puts the finishing touches on "Touched by the Moon," his moon tree-dust infused tribute painting for the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 14 moon landing mission. A new tribute to the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 14 lunar landing mission has grown out of a collaboration between two artists and a touch of moon dust, of sorts. Moon Mission's Living Monuments: Apollo 14's 'Moon Trees' live onScott Phillips with the remains of the Apollo 14 moon tree that stood at the Kennedy Space Center from 1976 to 2017. Related: NASA's 17 Apollo Moon Missions in PicturesDust-drivenWith the Apollo 14 moon tree sawdust in hand, Calle said that Earthrise became the natural choice for the 50th anniversary painting. (Image credit: Calle Space Art via collectSPACE.com)Adding the moon tree sawdust helped shape the way Calle painted the scene.space.com
Moon, Biden agree to work on joint North Korea strategy
In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks on the phone with U.S. President Joe Biden at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, in South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. During their first phone talks since President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed the allies make joint efforts for lasting peace and denuclearization. The two leaders agreed on the need to soon map out a “comprehensive strategy on North Korea if possible,” Moon’s spokesman, Kang Min-seok, said. AdThe U.S., which has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, regularly stages military drills with South Korea. North Korea views such military training and U.S.-led sanctions as proof of American hostility.
Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an on-line New Year press conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea. Biden has accused Trump of chasing the spectacle of summits rather than meaningful curbs on the North’s nuclear capabilities. And while Moon acknowledged that Biden is likely to try a different approach than Trump, he stressed that Biden could still learn from Trump’s successes and failures in dealing with North Korea. “The start of the Biden administration provides a new opportunity to start over talks between North Korea and the United States and also between South and North Korea,” which have stalled amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations, Moon said.
First woman, next man on moon will come from these NASA 18
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has named the 18 astronauts — half of them women — who will train for its Artemis moon-landing program. The first woman and next man on the moon will come from this elite group. Half of the NASA astronauts have spaceflight experience. Two are at the International Space Station right now: Kate Rubins and Victor Glover. The other experienced members on the list include Kjell Lindgren, Anne McClain and Scott Tingle, all former space station residents.
Telescope confirms existence of water molecules on moon’s sunlit surface
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. And for the first time, the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface has been confirmed, scientists reported Monday. While previous observations have indicated millions of tons of ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the moon’s poles, a pair of studies in the journal Nature Astronomy take the availability of lunar surface water to a new level. The presence of water in sunlit surfaces had been previously suggested, but not confirmed. For now, Sofia can analyze only the moon's outermost surface, but these water molecules could be buried yards (meters) deep, Honniball noted.
N. Korea's Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean
It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to South Korea on any issue. South Korean officials condemned what they called an “atrocious act” and pressed North Korea to punish those responsible. According to the North Korean message, North Korean troops first fired blanks after the man found in the North’s waters refused to answer other than saying he’s from South Korea a couple of times. Then, as he made moves to flee, the North Korean troops fired 10 rounds. In 2002, Kim Jong Il, the late father of Kim Jong Un, said he felt “sorry” about a failed 1968 attempt to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee.
NASA places ad for moon rocks
HOUSTON – NASA wants to buy moon rocks, but it’s mainly aimed at encouraging commercial companies to develop space exploration technology. According to the request for bids, the space agency will pay for between 50 and 500 grams of lunar regolith material from a contractor. The contractor must also provide imagery that identifies the material and information about where it was collected on the lunar surface. Once purchased, the material becomes the sole property of NASA, according to the bid. The goal is for the material to be retrieved and transferred to NASA before 2024, which is when the agency aims to land the next humans on the moon.
Check out this ‘mini-moon’ that’s orbiting Earth
A tiny object that has gotten sucked into orbit around Earth is acting as a temporary mini-moon. The object, which is actually an asteroid, is only the second asteroid known to orbit Earth, according to CNN. Kacper Wierzchos and Theodore Pruyne, both researcher specialists for the Catalina Sky Survey, made the discovery on Feb. 15 and posted it to Twitter. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky Survey teammate Teddy Pruyne and I found a 20th magnitude object. pic.twitter.com/zLkXyGAkZl — Kacper Wierzchos (@WierzchosKacper) February 26, 2020Researchers said the asteroid, known as 2020 CD3, is likely between 6.2 feet and 11.4 feet in diameter.
Meet the 18 astronauts who could be the first humans on Mars
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has announced the 18 astronauts who are part of the agency’s Artemis program, which aims to send humans back to the moon and eventually send the first humans to Mars. Here’s a closer look at the 18 astronauts, according to brief biographies provided by NASA:Joseph AcabaJoseph Acaba, an Artemis astronaut, is seen in this file image. Read moreRaja ChariRaja Chari, an Artemis astronaut, is seen during training in this file image. After completion of Hospital Corpsman “A” school training, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, CA. He was commissioned as a naval officer in 1991 and earned his wings of gold as a naval aviator in 1993.