We see the sun in the sky almost every day. Most of us think the sun is a white or yellow orb that shines brightly in the sky, never changing, always the same. This is not true, however. The sun has massive eruptions, huge flares and spots that may be several times the size of the Earth. Continue reading “Solar Minimum Is Coming”
On Oct. 19, 2017, a new object was discovered passing through the inner solar system. The discovery of new objects passing through the inner solar system is not all that unusual. What is unusual is where this object may come from. It is not from our solar system. If this is true, it will be the first extra-solar system object discovered passing through our solar system. Continue reading “A Visitor From Outside Our Solar System”
Geopolitics played a big role in the push to space. Attempts to be the first to get to space and even the moon were not done for altruistic reasons. They were done to prove one political philosophy was better than another. Was democracy better or was communism? Who would be the best? Continue reading “October and the Space Race”
Hello everyone and welcome to the University of Maine at Presque Isle. If you are interested in astronomy, we have several treats for you in and around the Presque Isle area. The University Times runs this ongoing article about astronomy and the university has an astronomy club that works closely with the local Aroostook County Astronomy Club to provide educational opportunities and occasional observing nights throughout the year. Continue reading “Astronomy in Aroostook County”
Hello everyone. It is time to get ready for the summer. After this winter, I am sure you are ready for warn summer nights. I know I am. Listed below are the events that will be happening in the skies above our heads this summer.
Probably the best way to keep up to date on astronomical events would be to join the UMPI/Aroostook County Astronomy Club’s Facebook page. This page will provide you with interesting astronomy articles and information on upcoming astronomical events and club activities. Continue reading “Summer 2017”
Astronomy Day was first celebrated on California in 1973. It was developed as a program to share information about astronomy with the general public. In 1973, astronomy day was only held in the fall. Today, it is held in the fall and the spring.
This year’s Spring International Astronomy Day is scheduled for April 29. Throughout the world, thousands of people will have an opportunity to learn about astronomy and, weather permitting, look through telescopes at the sun and the nighttime sky. These events are sponsored by groups such as astronomy clubs, observatories, planetariums, libraries and other entities that promote astronomy and space science. Continue reading “April 28 and 29 – International Astronomy Day events”
Recently a team of five Belgian scientists discovered a new planetary system. This was unusual for a couple of reasons. First, there were seven planets in this system; second, all of these planets were Earth sized; and third, three of these planets are in the habitable zone of the star and may be able to sustain life. Continue reading “Have a planet and a beer?”
On your mark, get set, go. It is time to start your planning. As of March 14, 2017, there are only 160 days left before the August 21, 2017, Great American Solar Eclipse. Continue reading “The Big Solar Eclipse”
Comets are strange things. The classic definition is that they are icy snowballs traveling through space. As they get closer to the sun, they heat up and vent material into space and create a tail. Some of these tails are tens of millions of miles long. Continue reading “Possible Visible Comets This Year”
This point of the academic semester fills faculty, staff and students with fear and excitement. The fear comes from the fact that there is so much to get down before the end of the semester. The excitement comes from the fact that we will all get to have a well-deserved break.
Continue reading “The End of The Semester”