Marty Scott is the astronomy instructor at Walla Walla University, and also builds telescopes and works with computer simulations. He can be reached at email@example.com.
If you missed the supermoon on July 12, you’ll get second and third chances to see one on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.
Mars rover Curiosity is making steady progress toward Murray Buttes, at the base of Mount Sharp. The science lab on wheels will cross the basaltic sand dune field at Murray Buttes and begin the final approach to the layered, clay-rich rocks of Mount Sharp.
All objects in the sky appear to rise in the east and set in the west. The stars are not really moving; it is the rotation of the Earth from west to east that causes this apparent clockwise motion. The speed of this rotation is so constant that it can be used to keep time.
The rock at Kimberley, a science stop for the Mars rover Curiosity enroute to Mount Sharp, is sandstone. Sandstone is usually formed in a two-step process.
As summer approaches, the nights will be getting clearer and we will have better chances to view the stars. This is a good time to learn some of the stellar constellations.
Curiosity is currently at Kimberly, a science stop on the way to Mount Sharp. In charting the route to Mount Sharp, mission planners saw this spot as the best science stop along the way.
The distances between the Earth and the stars are so great that the positions of the stars, relative to each other, will not significantly change in your lifetime.
The Mars rover Curiosity has been on its journey to Mount Sharp for several months, but for the past few weeks it has had the “pedal to the metal” to reach its next stop — a waypoint called Kimberley.
The first total eclipse of the moon visible in North America since 2011 will occur April 14.
One of the main objectives of the Curiosity mission to Mars is to study the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. The exposed geology here could add supporting evidence to the discoveries made at Yellowknife Bay last March.