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In The News This Month
Some On-Line Programs well worth a look: Astronomy at the Beach and McDonald Observatory Programs
Save the date for Astronomy at the Beach, 2021: September 24th and 25th. To see the complete lineup of AATB zoom programs click Here.
To see current and archived McDonald Observatory programs click Here. (Be sure to scroll down.)
September 1st: The Pleiades Now???
No, it is not a figment of your imagination! By midnight, the Pleiades can't help but catch your eye. And as the Big Dipper scrapes the horizon, the lid stars of the pot point towards Capella in the North East. Winter time delights at summer time temperatures!
Perseverance: If at First You Don't Succeed...
Perseverance, Mars style: At the end of August the first sample capsule stowed away by Perseverance turned out to be empty! The selected rock turned to powder during the drilling process. Next up? Try, Try Again. This time a harder rock. Click Here for the NASA press release.
No News is Good News?
The headlines are lamenting that the latest Coronal Mass Ejection from our Sun was modest, there will be little if any impact on our electronics. This is only bad news for solar observers, right? Nonetheless, solar activity is "heating up". Click Here to learn how to be alerted of solar activity.
September 22nd: The Autumnal Equinox!
Longer nights with earlier observing times are full-steam ahead! We'll concern ourselves with cold temperature in a few months. For now, it is a great time to be star gazing!
Heading to South America soon!
The James Webb will soon be setting sail down the coast of California, through the Panama Canal, to reach French Guiana on the Northeastern coast of South America. Launch from the ESA site is scheduled for December 18, 2021. Stay tuned!