banner ad

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.

rss feed Twitter

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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?

Read More

Find Mars, Watch It Move

Find Mars, Watch It Move

| March 11, 2019 @ 8:20 am

This is a good week to spot Mars and get a sense for the movement in the night sky. Mars is just a few degrees away from the waxing crescent Moon Monday night.

Read More

A Look At NASA’s Boeing 747S On The The Aircraft’s 50th Anniversary

A Look At NASA’s Boeing 747S On The The Aircraft’s 50th Anniversary

| February 11, 2019 @ 11:00 pm

A look at NASA’s past and current fleet of jumbo jets on the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747’s first flight.

Read More

Measuring The Lunar Eclipse

Measuring The Lunar Eclipse

| January 22, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

Like most things astronomy related, lunar eclipses can be measured in different ways. Some require math, some require observation.

Read More

The New Year Begins With Earth At Its Closest To The Sun

The New Year Begins With Earth At Its Closest To The Sun

| January 3, 2019 @ 9:48 am

Earth was at its closest to the Sun on Jan 2, perihelion, but that has little to do with temperature or weather.

Read More

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.

Read More