Fireball Over Northeastern US and Southeastern Canada

A fireball raced through the sky around 12:50 AM ET Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The American Meteor Society has 450 reports of the fireball across New England and southeastern Canada. Most of the reports came from Maine. A few reports were as far west as Toronto, Canada. The map below shows the locations of the reports viewing the fireball. Click here for updated stats. There were also some reports of a “sonic boom” from some witnesses.
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The video below is from the Plattsburgh Police Department (New York).

The video below is from the Portland Police Department (Maine).

The video below is from the Burlington International Airport in Vermont.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 17, 2016

Full Moon

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This post was written by Schnack on April 21, 2016

Monday Evening Sky

The Moon and Jupiter are hanging out together this evening.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 21, 2016

August 21, 2017….Make Plans Now

A map of every eclipse that will cross the United States through 2050. Next year will be AWESOME (Aug 21, 2017).

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Here is a link for specific locations for Aug 21, 2017. Click here

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This post was written by Schnack on March 10, 2016

Great Inflight Entertainment

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The total solar eclipse yesterday was the only one of 2016. Most of the total eclipse was going to be seen from the Pacific Ocean. So there were few places that it can be viewed. So if there aren’t too many land locations, what about any commercial flights? Well, what do you know…there was an Alaska Airlines flight going from Anchorage to Honolulu on that day. The original departure time would not have worked to view the eclipse from the plane. So Joe Rao, associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, presented Alaska Airlines with what could happen if they pushed back the departure time by 25 minutes. Long story short…they did and the video below is what the passengers of Flight 870 got to see.

Click here to see the complete story on how this came about.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 9, 2016

Total Solar Eclipse

Here are some photos of the total solar eclipse.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 8, 2016

Total Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse tonight (central time) will be the only one in 2016. Here is a video to show where it can be viewed in the Pacific Ocean.

Click here to watch it live between 6 PM and 10 PM (central time).

Here is how the Sun, Moon and Earth are lined up during a solar eclipse.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 8, 2016

Full Moon

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This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2016

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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Click here to find out how difficult it was to get this shot.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 30, 2015