Posts Tagged ‘night sky’

A Sky Full of Stars: January’s Joys!

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The New Year begins with an astronomical bang, with two perigee Full Moons, four morning planets, two Moon/planets conjunctions, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, and a lunar eclipse – all in the month of January!


PERIGEE FULL MOON – January 1/2: January’s first perigee Full Moon will also be the closest, thus largest-appearing, of 2018. The Moon will reach lunar perigee at 21:54 UTC on the 1st and 100% illumination about five hours later, at 02:24 UTC on the 2nd.

You can use a timezone convertor to determine your local times, but wherever you are, the Full Moon will look especially large and bright during the first two nights of the New Year!

FUN FACT: January’s Full Moon is also know as the Wolf Moon. At perigee, it will be 221,559-miles from Earth.



Triple-Treat SkyWatching This Week!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

This week’s night sky offers a solar system triple-treat, with the Geminid meteor shower on Wednesday night/Thursday morning (12/13-12/14) – a close grouping of Jupiter, Mars, and the crescent Moon on Thursday morning (12/14) – and a near-Earth pass of the Geminids’ source, 3200 Phaethon, on Saturday night (12/16).



Geminids, NASA/JPL

The Geminids; so-called because the shower appears to radiate from constellation Gemini; is a typically prolific event, with frequent fireballs and peak rates of dozens of meteors per hour – and the  meteors, themselves, are bright and often leave long trails. This year’s event should be especially fruitful, with a morning crescent moon offering darker skies for better viewing. has already reported 40+ fireballs in the past three days, so peak night could be especially exciting. UPDATE: reported 475 Geminid fireballs, as of 12/14!


Project: Star Ocean

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Project: Star Ocean is an Astronomy.FM Special Feature inspired by the ancient mariners who once used Earth’s skies to navigate through unknown oceans, as well as the future generations of explorers who will use those same stars to navigate our Milky Way galaxy and beyond.

Our goal is to inspire men, women, and children of all ages and cultures to study the stars and the sciences and technology that will make space exploration and colonization possible. We believe that by embracing humanity’s curiosity, creativity, and innovative spirit that humanity will be able to develop the technology and knowledge needed to explore the many star oceans of our Universe.

Each of the Project:Star Ocean segments features technology or scientific ideas and concepts from pop culture media. If you’ve ever asked questions like: “When is humanity going to experiment with mecha-tech?”… “Can the Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell be used to explore other planets or help in rescue operations on Earth?”… or “Is it possible to adapt Attack on Titan‘s ODM gear to navigate planets with gravitational differences?” – you are in the right place! Project: Star Ocean is “where fantasy meets reality” and art reflects life.

Have pop culture ideas, icons, or technology that you would like featured in our segment? Send an email to Misty Dawn (aka Oceanstar) at I would love to hear your ideas!

See Project: Star Ocean‘s archive below!

Edition 1: January 27, 2018 

Inventing Astrophotography: Capturing Light Over Time; by NASA’s SpacePlace

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


WNMC’s First*Light! 130329 The Vagina Class Monologues

Friday, March 29th, 2013

From Pink Floyd to nuclear power to vaginas in school; at the intersection of Science & Society it’s “First*Light!“; a co-production of public radio WNMC-FM + Astronomy.FM*Radio!  “First*Light!” is hosted each week by Dave Gault, Michael Foerster, and Eric Hines.


Astronomy Out & About 100310 SPECIAL: Messier & His List

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

It’s that time of year; Messier Marathon Time!

This is an AFM*Radio Special Event; a re-broadcast of a “classic” Astronomy Out & About episode, presented by Jeff & Becca Setzer, with the juicy back story on how Chuck Messier put his list together.

There is also a handy-dandy PDF slide set to enhance your Messier Mission, which you can download by clicking here.

We hope that you enjoy “Messier & His List”!  Now get outside and LOOK UP!