Author Archive: Tony Rice

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

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Leap Day, the Search for the Perfect Calendar

Leap Day, the Search for the Perfect Calendar

| February 24, 2020 @ 7:40 am

Saturday Feb 29, 2020 is a leap day, an extra day added to the calendar mellinia in the making.

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Thanksgiving in space

Thanksgiving in space

| November 27, 2019 @ 2:54 pm

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrate Thanksgiving with their crew mates. Their table probably looks a lot like your table, except there is no table. You can put NASA’s version of cornbread dressing on your table with this recipe.

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Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury

| November 4, 2019 @ 6:42 pm

Mercury will pass in front of the Sun on Monday, November 11 from around sunrise through early afternoon. You can watch with eclipse glasses.

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Orionid meteor shower

Orionid meteor shower

| October 20, 2019 @ 4:20 pm

As Nestor moves out and skies clear, look for meteors from the Orionid meteor shower around midnight.

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Look For Saturn And The Teapot Plus Meteors

Look For Saturn And The Teapot Plus Meteors

| August 12, 2019 @ 11:00 pm

Saturn is easy to spot this week near the Moon and the “teapot” of Sagittarius. You might even see a few Perseid meteors.

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How to watch the July 2 South American eclipse

How to watch the July 2 South American eclipse

| July 1, 2019 @ 5:32 pm

You can watch the total solar eclipse passing over South America via several live streams.

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Jupiter Shines Bright This Week

Jupiter Shines Bright This Week

| June 10, 2019 @ 11:35 pm

This is a great week to look for Jupiter, our largest planet it at its closest and brightest of the year. Find out how to see its moons and look up their names.

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Mars Can Help You Find Mercury This Week

Mars Can Help You Find Mercury This Week

| June 4, 2019 @ 8:13 am

Mercury is visible low on the western horizon after sunset this week. Use Mars, and a little handy help to find it.

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Saturday’s Blue Flower Moon

Saturday’s Blue Flower Moon

| May 14, 2019 @ 8:26 am

Why is Saturday’s full moon, the only one during May, being called a blue moon? There are two definitions for the term.

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Equinox And Supermoon This Week

Equinox And Supermoon This Week

| March 18, 2019 @ 9:32 pm

The March equinox arrives on Wednesday marking the beginning of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere. This happens as the point directly beneath the sun crosses Earth’s equator. The final Supermoon of 2019 rises Tuesday, but did you know why each full moon isn’t so super?

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