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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Do You Know Where Your Moon Rock Is?

Do You Know Where Your Moon Rock Is?

| October 22, 2018 @ 5:22 pm

You’d think something as priceless as lunar samples would be well cared for, but many of the moon rocks presented to the world in 1973 went missing. Here’s how you can see one closest to you.

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Draconid Meteor Shower peaks Mon Oct 18

Draconid Meteor Shower peaks Mon Oct 18

| October 7, 2018 @ 9:35 am

The Draconid Meteor Shower normally produces few visible meteors but 2018 could bring an outburst.

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Parker Solar Probe To Fly Closer To The Sun Than Ever Before

Parker Solar Probe To Fly Closer To The Sun Than Ever Before

| July 24, 2018 @ 6:37 am

The Parker Solar Probe, set for launch from Florida on Aug 6, will help forecasters predict space-weather.

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Mars Dust Storm Continues, Temperature Ranges Narrow

Mars Dust Storm Continues, Temperature Ranges Narrow

| July 17, 2018 @ 2:07 am

Temperatures reported by the Mars Rover Curiosity show the effects of the dust storm. Mars is bright in July but don’t fall for the Mars Hoax.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Prepares To Weather Dust Storm

Mars Rover Opportunity Prepares To Weather Dust Storm

| June 12, 2018 @ 4:35 am

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is currently weathering a dust storm the size of North America.

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Our Solar System Once Had 21 Planets

Our Solar System Once Had 21 Planets

| April 25, 2018 @ 6:37 am

Pluto’s demotion from planetary status bringing membership in our solar system down to 8, but did you know there were as many of 21 celestial bodies considered to be planets before the definition of the word itself got under control?

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New Exoplanet Hunting Mission Scheduled for Launch Today

New Exoplanet Hunting Mission Scheduled for Launch Today

| April 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am

NASA is looking to launch its latest exoplanet hunter TESS or satellite Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite later today, April 18, 2018. TESS is expected to find thousands of Earth and larger sized planets orbiting suns 200 light years from our solar system.

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Help NASA & NOAA Improve Forecasts With Your Smart Phone

Help NASA & NOAA Improve Forecasts With Your Smart Phone

| March 19, 2018 @ 3:00 am

NASA’s Globe Observer citizen science project enables smart phone users to help improve weather forecasts by gathering images from clouds from below as climate satellites pass over from above. This free app is fun and easy to use and even tells you when a satellite is approaching.

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China’s First Space Station is Deorbiting, and It’s Okay.

China’s First Space Station is Deorbiting, and It’s Okay.

| March 15, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

Tingong-1, China’s prototype space station is expected to complete an uncontrolled reentry sometime between March 29 and April 9. Claims that it will hit somewhere specific on a specific date are wild speculation.

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Asteroid Passes Within A Lunar Distance

Asteroid Passes Within A Lunar Distance

| February 26, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

Yesterday afternoon, Feb 25, asteroid 2018 DU, passed inside the orbit of the Moon, you probably didn’t hear about it and that’s okay. 

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Huntsville Stands Ready as NASA Johnson Space Center Rides Out Harvey

Huntsville Stands Ready as NASA Johnson Space Center Rides Out Harvey

| August 29, 2017 @ 5:37 am

One of the areas impacted by Harvey is NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Located on relatively low ground on the west side of Galveston Bay, the center remains closed today, Monday, August 28 with only mission essential personnel on site.

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The Eclipse Is Over, Now What?

The Eclipse Is Over, Now What?

| August 22, 2017 @ 5:30 am

Dont toss those eclipse glasses yet, there’s more to see.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday Morning

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday Morning

| August 8, 2017 @ 5:15 am

The eclipse is 2 weeks away, but a meteor shower this weekend will have us looking skyward. This will happen the evening of Friday, Aug 11 into the morning of Aug 12. The best time to view is about 6:00 am Saturday morning. Look to the darkest part of you sky for best results.

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Eclipse viewing events planned across the Southland

Eclipse viewing events planned across the Southland

| July 25, 2017 @ 2:00 am

We are 4 weeks out and If you’ve not made plans yet on where to experience the total eclipse, NASA and the Space Science Institute may have some ideas for you. NASA’s eclipse website has everything you need, including interactive maps, links to live streams, and lists of events in your area. There are maps […]

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