Send your name to Mars!

Go Flight – Mars 2020

Send your name to Mars! NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is heading to the Red Planet. Submit your name by Sept. 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET, and fly along! https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020  

Beam Your Message to New Horizons

Beam’ a Greeting to New Horizons!

Team to Transmit Messages to the Spacecraft During New Year’s Flyby in the Kuiper Belt NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 13 years to reach the heart of the Kuiper Belt – but you can get there in a matter of hours! In 2005, more than 430,000 people signed up online to place their names […]

Binary Star Research

Astrometric Measurement of WDS 03117

I am pleased to present this paper that I co-authored with two teachers and submitted to JDSO this year as part of the Boyce Astro program. Hilde van den Bergh1, Chris Olivas2, Jerry Hilburn3 Mentor, BEWiSE, Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California, USA. Chris Olivas, High Tech Middle School, San Marcos, California, USA. Epsilon Orion […]

Courtesy of S&T: Gregg Dinderman

Asteroid TB145 Movie

Friday night I started calibration and testing of the imaging system at 8PM. By 10pm I was ready to start taking data on the Halloween Asteroid. When I first moved the scope into position and started shooting I tried a series of 60 second shots, then 30 second, then 10 second shots. The challenge was […]

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JSF Photo – The Trifid

The summer sky never disappoints us, especially the jeweled region of the southern Milky Way. Rising up out of steam from the pot of Sagittarius we find one sparkly pretty after another. Here I present to you a nebula known as The Trifid. I shot this using a 8″ f/4 TPO Newtonian with a Canon […]

First Ever: AP Euro Stargazing Event

By:  Taylor Menconi, Copy Editor The sky is no longer the limit for Mr. Prodan’s AP European History classes. On Monday, Feb. 9, the AP Euro students and their families visited Charter after school hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to star-gaze with NASA Ambassador Jerry Hilburn, who was invited by Mr. Prodan. “Since we’ve […]

The Most Astounding Fact

Neil DeGrasse Tyson born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Best viewed Full Screen “To Build A Home” Cinematic Orchestra There is a house built out of […]

Mars-Topology

A Low Cost Space Lane to Mars

Down the road a bit, we Earthlings will become Marslings. Before the first colony is  established on Mars quite a bit of work will be done to prepare the way for the first settlers . Currently there are thousands of really bright people working on the challenges of reaching Mars. A recent article on ArXiv (at the Cornell […]

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Geminid Meteor Shower

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for spotting a Geminid meteor! The 2014 Geminid meteor shower is forecast to be a lively meteor shower with great views in the skies over Earth. The week of Dec. 8 is a good window for Geminid-watching, but the night of Dec. 13-14 is the anticipated […]

Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?

Beam' a Greeting to New Horizons!

Team to Transmit Messages to the Spacecraft During New Year’s Flyby in the Kuiper Belt

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 13 years to reach the heart of the Kuiper Belt – but you can get there in a matter of hours!

In 2005, more than…

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Beam Your Message to New Horizons

Aqua Caliente Star Party

One of my favorite places to hold a star party is in the desert east of San Diego. On Tuesday March 7th, 2017 I headed out to Aqua Caliente County Park to meetup with a dear friend Sandy H. and her band of home school parents and teachers. We had a l…

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Aqua Caliente Star Party

Astrometric Measurement of WDS 03117

I am pleased to present this paper that I co-authored with two teachers and submitted to JDSO this year as part of the Boyce Astro program.

Hilde van den Bergh1, Chris Olivas2, Jerry Hilburn3

Mentor, BEWiSE, Fleet Science Center, San Diego, C…

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Binary Star Research

Astrometric Measurements of WDS 20210+1028

I am excited to report the submission of a double star research paper to the Journal of Double Star Observations. I co-authored the paper with a team of College professors in the local San Diego area. This research project was part of an Astronomy Re…

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New Telescope at Catfish Observatory

There are few places in America where you can go and not have Internet or Cell phone coverage. Today I will embark on a journey to such a place. Texas. Actually, not all of it, just McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis.

And of course I will …

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Catfish-Observatory

Lagoon and Trifid Wide Field

I shot this on July 4th 2016 with a Canon 6D and a 135mm EF Redline piggy backed to a AVX mount. 3 shots stacked, each 2 minutes long at 800 ISD. First pretty picture I have taken with the new camera.

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Asteroid TB145 Movie

Friday night I started calibration and testing of the imaging system at 8PM. By 10pm I was ready to start taking data on the Halloween Asteroid. When I first moved the scope into position and started shooting I tried a series of 60 second shots, then…

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Courtesy of S&T: Gregg Dinderman

2015 TB145 - Big Rock Screams Past Earth Friday Night

I love a spectacle, or more precisely the high energy motion of a fast moving rock. Join me Friday night at TDS as we attempt to shoot asteroid TB145  as it screams past earth beginning at 10pm. The asteroid will appear just below the moon near Orion…

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Courtesy of S&T: Gregg Dinderman