Star Gazing and Astronomy in Cambria

January 20, 2020 admin 0

Beautify Cambria’s Dark Sky Initiative (DSI) Committee is hosting Kelly Beatty and a star party next Saturday, January 25th, weather permitting. January 24-26 is the Art & Wine Festival in Cambria with several venues serving dinner with art and art with wine, so it’s sure to be a fun night! [Read More…]

A comet exits the solar system

January 15, 2020 admin 0

Comet Borisov 2I was spotted in our solar system, and it was only spotted once before. It has a sun-centered orbit that is not bound to the sun. It passed through our solar system at the end of Oct in 2019 and made its closest approach on Dec 8th of [Read More…]

Star Party 2020 Date Corrections

January 10, 2020 admin 0

We have a few corrections for this year’s dates that were published in the January newsletter.  We’ve also updated the newsletter and calendar to match. Please make a note of the new dates (corrections are in RED). Star Gazing at Santa Margarita Lake: Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr [Read More…]

Renewed human spaceflight from the United States

January 8, 2020 admin 0

Since the space shuttle’s last flight, in 2011, NASA has relied on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft for trips to and from the International Space Station. In 2019, NASA hoped to begin flying astronauts aboard capsules built by two private companies, SpaceX and Boeing, but persistent delays knocked back the timeline another [Read More…]

Top Ten Astronomy Events for 2020

January 3, 2020 admin 0

2020 is going to be a GREAT year for astronomy! There are a couple of near-new moon meteor showers (Lyrids on Apr 22, Leonids on Nov 17 and Geminids on Dec 14). Venus is going to take center stage with two elongations (March 28th and August 15th) and also swing [Read More…]

Complete List of Astronomy Events for 2020

January 1, 2020 admin 0

This astronomy calendar of celestial events contains dates for notable celestial events including moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses, oppositions, conjunctions, and other interesting events. Most of the astronomical events on this calendar can be seen with unaided eye, although some may require a good pair of binoculars for best viewing. [Read More…]

SOFIA on Public Display

October 8, 2019 admin 0

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will be open for viewing to invited individuals on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Silicon Valley. SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 106-inch diameter telescope. Flying into the stratosphere at 38,000-45,000 feet puts SOFIA above 99 percent of Earth’s [Read More…]