In The News This Month
Some On-Line Programs well worth a look: Michigan's own Astronomy at the Beach Program and Programs from McDonald Observatory.
If you missed this year's Astronomy at the Beach program, click Here to see YouTube presentations by the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs! To see current and archived McDonald Observatory programs click Here. (Be sure to scroll down.)
December 25th: JWST launched successfully!
For an overview of the deployment stages, visit NASA''s website Here. For the latest deployment news, visit NASA's JWST BLOG. To see where JWST is at and what is currently happening, visit HERE.
January 3rd: Starting the Year with a Bang!
The Quadrantid meteor showers peak one day after the New Moon, around 5pm on the night of January 3rd, and continue until 6am on January 4th. The radiant is below the tail of the Big Dipper where it meets the fainter stars of Bootes.
January 4th: But it is COLD Outside!
Earth is closer to the Sun today than at any other time for the entire year!
January 17th: Harbingers of Spring!
Leo and the Big Dipper begin to rise in the East by 9pm tonight, following the lead of 2022's first Full Moon. Regulus leads a parade of bright Spring stars that will be visible before dawn: Spica, Zubenelgenubi, and Antares are some of my favorites.
January 23rd: WELCOME HOME!
It seems like yesterday that JWST launched! After just under 30 days of travel the latest space telescope arrives today at its new L2 home. The best is yet to come!