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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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