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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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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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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