The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The crescent[...]
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, respectively, in the sense that the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a minimum for the year. Of course, daylight saving time means that the first Sunday in April has 23 hours and the last Sunday in October has[...]
The forecast is actually for clear skies. But below freezing temps with some wind. I am postponing the public night to Sunday Jan 21, 5-10p. Note: Crockett is scheduled for Jan 20. Ray Young Great Meadow site coordinator See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event. More information about Great Meadow including directions[...]
A nasty wintery mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and/or snow tomorrow afternoon and evening isn’t suitable for telescopes, astronomers or the general public. Hoping for Clear skies for future dates, Tree Greenwood Crockett Park Site Coordinator Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.
I’m cancelling public night. Great Meadow fields are soft already. The melting snow will make it worse. When using the dirt roads to access our site, remember to try not veer off, causing damage and widening of the roads. We are grateful to be guests at Great Meadow so please don’t damage the facilities. I[...]
Canton is the fellow who updates your astronomy calendar (full moons, equinoxes, etc.) from his laptop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s his birthday today! The astronomy calendar is an effort of love and no reciprocity is needed or expected, but if you’d like to say thank you for his efforts, then please visit: http://cantonbecker.com/astronomy-calendar/credits.html