It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.

— Plato

Blogs

Dark Sky Observers now on NJASTRO.ORG

Thanks to Kuky and Myamiphil.

I am quite happy that the NJAG's Dark Sky Observer is online. These newsletters have sat for many years in archive. Perhaps former members will find them and contact us.

Can static discharges produce Gamma Rays????

In researching info on ULF/ELF waves I found an interesting article....

what comes first the chicken or the egg?
 
see.....

What ya find when your searching the net

I was researching some geneology tonight and came across my name... in an astronomical webpage!!!
 
www.socalastronomy.com/Scopes4Schools.html
 
Im famous!
 
 

iPhone Stars

 

Look! Up in the sky?! … No, down on your iPhone. It’s the entire night sky on your iPhone! GoSkyWatch Planetarium is more than a mouthful, and I’m surprised it doesn’t make your iPhone heavier simply because of how much data it contains.

http://www.appleiphoneapps.com/2008/08/review-goskywatch-planetarium/#mo...

 

And a Free iPhone app "Stars"

http://nelix-dev.com/

Asteroid Ceres - for you folks with computer operated Scopes!

This may be of some help in sighting the asteroid Ceres

On the page is a link to daily
ephemerides. You need a star chart
with fainter stars in the vicinity
to be really sure that you have
found it. Then if you look again
on a succeeding night, it will have
moved relative to the stars, another
confirmation.

Comet Lulin

Comet Lulin Chart

Here is a finder chart for Comet Lulin which is gettign brighter now. It will soon be near the bright star Spica. This is for about 1:00 am. Later in the morning hours the comet will be higher in the sky.
 

Odd planet's extreme global warming: Highs of 2240

WASHINGTON – Astronomers have found a planet with a galactic case of hot flashes. In just six hours, this planet four times the size of Jupiter heats up by more than 1,200 degrees, according to a study published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Two-Tailed Comet Nearing Earth

Comet Lulin

A fresh new face has moved into our neighborhood, but once it swings by Earth next month, it may never come back. Comet Lulin is currently sailing through the inner solar system and is getting closer to our home planet, with its nearest approach expected in late February

Read more on National Geographic News by Victoria Jaggard

We have an orbiting neighbor

2009 BD

CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 BD is slowly passing by Earth today only 400,000 miles away. The approximately 10 meter-wide space rock poses no significant threat, but it merits attention anyway: The orbit of 2009 BD appears to be almost identical to the orbit of Earth. 2009 BD may be a rare "co-orbital asteroid," circling the sun in near-tandem with our planet.