Marty Scott

Marty Scott is the astronomy instructor at Walla Walla University, and also builds telescopes and works with computer simulations. He can be reached at

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Rare moon eclipse expected Sunday

A lunar eclipse will be visible over the Walla Walla Valley on Sunday night — but not a normal one. It will be a supermoon lunar eclipse.

Column - Pluto’s demotion lends focus to smaller objects in space

Nine years ago this week Pluto lost its status as a planet. The International Astronomical Union, the organization that names astronomical objects and defines terms, determined Pluto did not meet its new definition of a planet.

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Walla Walla goes beyond global — way beyond — as place name

There is another Walla Walla valley — not here on Earth, but on the planet Mars.

Eye to the Sky - Perseid shower promises space light show next week

Every year in mid-August, the Earth intersects the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet. When Earth intersects the comet’s orbit, it enters a debris field created from the rocks and dust released by the comet as it melts when it passes near the sun.

Column: Mars rover Curiosity back to work after break

Curiosity had a break from its normal workload for most of June because Mars was in solar conjunction. This means that Mars was almost exactly behind the sun as seen from Earth.

Scott - Mars rover Curiosity takes break as sun comes between it, Earth

The Earth and Mars will be on opposite sides of the sun for most of the month of June, an alignment called Mars solar conjunction.

Column - Solar system plays out on Walla Walla’s Planet Walk

You can explore the solar system on a nice day in Walla Walla by taking the Planet Walk.

Column - Earth gets ringside seat on Saturn views in May

Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is the gem of the solar system because of its icy white ring system.

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Mars rover studies curious mineral deposits

Curiosity is still working on discovering the story of Mars’ past. Hints to this story are hidden in the rocks of Mount Sharp, the Martian mountain that the rover is slowly climbing layer by layer.

Column: Now is perfect time to observe Jupiter

Now is one of the best times this year to view the planet Jupiter — not because of the calendar, but because of the positions of Jupiter and the Earth in their orbits around the sun.

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