October’s Super Hunter’s Moon

Last month, we had the Super BloodMoon, a very rare event with the confluence of a total lunar eclipse and lunar perigee occurring during the full moon phase. Although the full moon phase is the only phase during which a lunar eclipse can occur, that it occurred during lunar perigee was purely coincidental. This month we have the Hunter’s Supermoon. The designation, … More October’s Super Hunter’s Moon

Close Pass of Asteroid 2015 TB145 on Halloween Underscores Need for Science

That the announcement an asteroid will pass 1.3 Earth-moon distances, or about 500,000 kilometers from the earth on Halloween was met with a collective sigh of relief misses two larger points: 1) that we, basically, never saw this coming and 2) we are woefully unprepared to cope with it and its aftermath in the event … More Close Pass of Asteroid 2015 TB145 on Halloween Underscores Need for Science

October Skies

Early October ———-Twilight —————–Arcturus, ——————–brilliant in the Northwest, shimmering red-orange against the deep azure sky; ——————–this giant star’s core at temperatures only a god can comprehend, synthesizing carbon and oxygen; —————-We, ——————-all of us, bound by this common origin, composed of elements forged in the nuclear cauldrons of ——————-long-dead stars, look up at the stars … More October Skies