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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Happy 60th Birthday to Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Happy 60th Birthday to Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center

| September 8, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

60 years ago today (Sept 8), the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama was dedicated. The center has been involved in every major NASA propulsion system, the Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes, micrometeoroid and weather research and more.

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Endeavour Splashdown This Afternoon Off Pensacola

Endeavour Splashdown This Afternoon Off Pensacola

| August 2, 2020 @ 11:41 am

The SpaceX Crew will return to Earth this afternoon, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico south of Pensacola.

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upgraded rover and helicopter launch for Mars on Thursday

upgraded rover and helicopter launch for Mars on Thursday

| July 27, 2020 @ 11:32 pm

NASA plans the launch of Perseverence and upgraded version of the Curiosity rover to continue our understanding of Mars and prepare for humans to one day live there.

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Comet NEOWISE

Comet NEOWISE

| July 11, 2020 @ 6:55 pm

Comet C/2020 can be seen in the northeastern sky about 2 hours before sunrise. on Monday it will be more visible in the evening sky about 2 hours after sunset.

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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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