Mention in the media: The RAS skywatch scheduled for tonight, January 21, at the SMV was mentioned in an online news item at NBC 12 On Your Side. Please join us and bring a scope if you can. Dress warmly if you come, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing into the mid-twenties during the … Read more
Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before. Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs … Read more
Happy 2011: I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed celebrating the arrival of 2011. To greet the new year, we were treated with a Quadrantid meteor shower under a near-new moon. I spent about an hour or so taking in the sky and looking for meteors early this week. I saw three … Read more
Image of the GIANT solar eclipse, with a special present included!