Author Archive: Tony Rice

Tony Rice is a Solar System Ambassador for NASA/JPL and the voice and brains behinds the weekly Astronomy Report on the WeatherBrains podcast. He grew up in Southern California with Space Shuttle landings and was hooked. He brings weather and space together to communicate the excitement of space exploration and promote a greater appreciation for Earth sciences.

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Why Night Is Not Equal On The Equinox

Why Night Is Not Equal On The Equinox

| March 19, 2017 @ 6:00 am

A great explanation on the meaning of “equinox” and how it affects the sunlight and the dark hours across Central Alabama.

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Venus and Mars, Both Earthlike and Not So Earthlike

Venus and Mars, Both Earthlike and Not So Earthlike

| March 9, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

Throughout March, you can see Mars and Venus in the evening sky. Each is Earthlike in some respects but not so Earthlike in others, such as the weather.

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Moon Performs a Disappearing Act Tonight

Moon Performs a Disappearing Act Tonight

| March 4, 2017 @ 11:13 pm

The Moon will perform a bit of a disappearing act tonight with Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull.  The moon will pass in front of the star, an event also known as a lunar occultation. This will be visible across the Southland as well the rest of the continental United States south […]

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Citizen Science Wants Your Eclipse Images

Citizen Science Wants Your Eclipse Images

| February 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am

The August 21 total eclipse spanning the continental United States is just 25 weeks away. A first-of-its-kind citizens science project kicks off this week which will gather valuable scientific data during the eclipse. The Eclipse Megamovie Project will gather images and video from over 1000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers. Stitching these together will provide […]

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Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am

A WeatherBrains listener had a great question: “Venus is so bright tonight it looks closer. I know we’re nearing the end of the Venus viewing time in the evening sky, is it getting closer?” Venus is getting closer and will continue to do so until the end of March. Each night this week Venus will […]

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