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

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