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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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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Solar Eclipses Past and Future

Solar Eclipses Past and Future

| July 10, 2017 @ 11:55 pm

6 weeks from today, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States. You’ve probably see headlines claiming this is a first in 99 years, which is true, if you are talking about coast to coat eclipses. These headlines refer to the eclipse on June 8 of 1918 which passed trough Washington State, […]

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What’s In An (Asteroid) Name?

What’s In An (Asteroid) Name?

| May 16, 2017 @ 5:40 am

The names given to asteroids and comets is as varied as the interests of the astronomers who discover them.

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Eclipse Glasses Safety

Eclipse Glasses Safety

| May 11, 2017 @ 5:30 am

A total solar eclipse is about as bright as a full moon, and just as safe to look at. But the partial eclipses lasts 2-3 hours and requires the right kind of protection to prevent eye injury.

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Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower

Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower

| May 2, 2017 @ 6:00 am

Be on the lookout for the Eta Aquariid meteor shower this week, peaking Saturday night May 6 into the 7th.

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Cassini Probe Enters Its Grand Finale At Saturn

Cassini Probe Enters Its Grand Finale At Saturn

| April 26, 2017 @ 5:30 am

After 20 years in space NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is running out of fuel. A spectacular end has been planned for this long-lived traveler from Earth after over a decade of studying Saturn, a giant world ruled by raging storms and delicate harmonies of gravity

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Live 360 Degree Video of Rocket Launch April 18

Live 360 Degree Video of Rocket Launch April 18

| April 17, 2017 @ 10:11 am

On April 18th, NASA will broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch, a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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