What’s up for January 2016

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This post was written by Schnack on January 1, 2016

What a View

New photo from NASA shows a shot of Earth with the moon in the foreground, captured on Oct. 12, 2015 by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft., Photo Date: 10/12/15
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This post was written by Schnack on December 30, 2015

Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day

 

If your house is like mine, Christmas morning always started early. Getting up early with excitement to see what Santa left. Did he eat all the cookies and milk? Did the reindeer eat the hay or carrots left outside?  Well this  year early Christmas morning will also bring something rare…a full moon. Now the full moon isn’t rare, but for it to happen on December 25th it is.  The question is will we see it here in Iowa?

The last time there was a full moon on Christmas was in 1977. It will happen again this year. The moon is full at 5:11 AM on December 25. The last full moon of 2015 is called a Full Cold Moon because it is the closest to the Winter Solstice (December 21 this year).  The next time we have a full moon on Christmas won’t be until  2034.

Now back to the question of, will we see it? The forecast is for a mostly cloudy sky Thursday and Friday. The chances are low, so lets hope for a few breaks in the cloud cover.

Christmas Full Moon

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This post was written by Schnack on December 21, 2015

Space Junk Burns Up

Space junk burns up as it travels through the Earth’s atmosphere off the coast of Sri Lanka today (Nov 13). The debris was estimated to be about 3 feet in diameter and traveling at about 24,600 mph.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 13, 2015

Northern Lights Monday Night

Here is a look at a few photos taken of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Iowa Monday night.
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This post was written by Schnack on November 3, 2015

Northern Lights Possible Tonight

The northern lights might be visible as far south as Iowa tonight (Mon night).
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This post was written by Schnack on November 2, 2015

Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon Saturday Night

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This post was written by Schnack on September 23, 2015

Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

The September full moon is called a Harvest Moon. It is the full moon closest to the September equinox (first day of fall…September 23). This moon will look 14% larger because it is closer to Earth getting the recognition as a supermoon. Now this will come at the same time as a lunar eclipse. The combination of a supermoon and lunar eclipse to happen at the same time is rare. It has only happened five times since 1900:
1910
1928
1946
1964
1982

and now in 2015 (September 27). The next time this happens will be 2033.

We will be able to see the entire eclipse.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 23, 2015

Meteor Shower Information

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This post was written by Schnack on August 11, 2015

This Will Never Happen

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I have seen this floating around the internet lately. I have also been asked a few times about this.

“Will there be 2 moons visible on August 27?”
“Will Mars be as big as the moon?”

NO IT IS A HOAX

There will not be two moons on that day or any other day…ever.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 5, 2015