Home » Online » On Your Screen » Blog

Blog

How a giant bear got the Pleiades into the sky

Oct 25 2013 - 1:46pm

BY AMY SAYLE

A giant grizzly bear chases seven little girls. In desperation, the girls scramble onto a low rock, but they know the bear will easily reach them there.

8 tips for viewing the 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 9 2013 - 11:10am

BY AMY SAYLE

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12, 2013. Viewing tips:

1. What you’re seeing. Although meteors are sometimes called “shooting stars,” they are not stars. Instead they are bits of cosmic debris interacting with Earth’s atmosphere and creating a streak of light. In the case of the Perseid meteors, the debris has been shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

4 things to pack for your vacation to Mercury

Jul 31 2013 - 11:26am

BY AMY SAYLE

Vacationing to Venus? 1 thing to leave behind

Jun 27 2013 - 11:30am

BY AMY SAYLE

Why might a vacation to the planet Venus seem like a fun idea?

3-planet pile-up: Mercury, Venus & Jupiter (May 24-29, 2013)

May 23 2013 - 11:33am

BY AMY SAYLE

A slow-motion planetary pile-up begins in the sky this week. From May 24 to 29, 2013, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter appear within 5 degrees of one another (half the width of your fist held at arm’s length), low at dusk in the west-northwest.

Why go out to look for these planets?

Top 3 reasons to attend the NC Statewide Star Party on April 5, 2013

Apr 4 2013 - 11:35am

BY AMY SAYLE

Be part of North Carolina’s first-ever Statewide Star Party on Friday, April 5, 2013!

There are 45 star party sites across the state – hosted by astronomy clubs, parks, universities, planetariums, museums, nature centers, and others – who are providing telescopes and other activities for the public on April 5th.

Find a star party site near you at the NC Science Festival website (search the online calendar for April 5).

Announcing Morehead’s next fulldome production project

Feb 26 2013 - 11:41am

BY DENISE YOUNG

I just got the go-ahead to share a secret I’ve been dying to tell for quite a while: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has just started production of a fulldome planetarium show based on the popular children’s book “Grossology and You!”

See elusive Mercury

Feb 3 2013 - 12:01pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Close encounter between the Moon and Jupiter on Monday night (Jan. 21, 2013)

Jan 18 2013 - 12:05pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Be sure to look up Monday night (Jan. 21, 2013) to catch a close encounter of the Moon with Jupiter.

The view should be spectacular anytime that Monday evening, but to view these two objects at their closest, go out around 11:30 p.m. The waxing gibbous Moon and brilliantly shining Jupiter will be less than 1 degree apart. That’s less than the width of your pinky finger when you hold it all the way out, at arm’s length.

Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight (Dec. 13/14, 2012)

Dec 3 2012 - 12:11pm

BY AMY SAYLE

One of the best meteor showers of the year—the Geminid meteor shower—peaks tonight (Thursday 12/13/12).

Although meteors are sometimes called “shooting stars,” they aren’t stars. The streaks of light are created when bits of cosmic debris are vaporized in Earth’s atmosphere. In the case of the Geminids, the debris has been left by a small asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. Every year around this time, Earth’s orbit takes us through this stream of particles.

When to look for the Geminid meteors:

Pages