Capital Weather Gang: Space


Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Fiery meteor streaks across the Mid-Atlantic sky

A fireball meteor careened through the atmosphere this evening around 7:08 p.m., with reports streaming in across the Mid-Atlantic from the D.C. area down into the Carolinas.

By Ian Livingston  |  08:10 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Space

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 02/27/2014

NASA launches game-changing satellite for tracking global precipitation

As large areas of the Earth’s land and ocean don’t have radar or rain gauges, this satellite mission will help fill massive gaps in precipitation observations.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:40 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Science, Space

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Caught on tape: violent explosions on the sun and moon

On September 11, a large asteroid crashed into the moon. On January 28, the sun unleashed a vivid flare. Both events were recorded.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Magical moment: a snowy owl basks in the eerie green light of an aurora

In Sauk Rapids, Minnesota last night, the northern lights illuminated a snowy owl proudly perched on a power pole.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nature, Photography, Space Weather

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rocket launched from Wallops, Va.; aurora may be viewable tonight in northern states

An rocket was launched from NASA’s Wallops Island at 1:07 p.m. today and was viewable for parts of the East Coast. Tonight, aurora may be viewable in northern states.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Rocket launch tonight to send 29 satellites into orbit from Va.: how to watch

At 7:30 p.m. tonight, a rocket will blast into space from Wallops Island, Va., carrying a record 29 satellites, including one developed at a high school in northern Virginia.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:09 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The scary Halloween solar storm of 2003: a warning for today’s space weather

Ten years ago, the sun provided an unexpected extra dimension to the tricks and treats of Halloween.

By Steve Tracton  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Space Weather

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 10/10/2013

How the shutdown could impact scientist studying space weather at the South Pole

To get a better sense of the impact of the Federal shutdown on Antarctic science research, we talked to C. Robert Clauer, whose conducts space weather research at the South Pole.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  10:51 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Amazing fireball streaks through West Virginia sky (PHOTO)

Capital Weather Gang reader Alex Parlini was photographing the stars in Dolly Sods, WV when, by chance, the fireball zipped through his field of view.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:48 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 09/19/2013

The Harvest Moon sets over the Lincoln and the sun rises over the Capitol

I am convinced that Washington, D.C. is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:34 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Sunrises

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Harvest moon to boldly shine tonight, Venus and Saturn snuggle up

Behold the harvest moon tonight, the full moon closest to the fall equinox.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:26 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Space

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Antares rocket launch from Wallops, Va. -- WATCH

The launch will be viewable from Washington, D.C. and large parts of the Mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/07/2013

NASA’s LADEE moon launch lights up the night

Weather conditions were perfect for an East Coast space launch. And it was a stunning one.

By Ian Livingston  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Observe NASA’s LADEE launch tonight at 11:27 p.m.

See the mission rocket just after it launches from Wallops Island, Va., on the Eastern Shore, at 11:27 p.m.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  09:53 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 08/21/2013

The excited sun is smiling at us -- six dazzling views

The sun must be having a good day.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:11 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Noctilucent clouds and aurora: all in one view (VIDEO)

You may have seen footage of these phenomena separately, but I doubt in the same shot. Here together are aurora AND noctilucent (or night shining) clouds!

By Jason Samenow  |  04:47 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Space Weather

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Reverse! Sun's magnetic field on the brink of 180-degree flip

It's nearly time for the current solar cycle's second half. And stunningly, the sun's magnetic field will rearrange itself to mark the mid-point.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:14 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/23/2013

A year of outbursts from the sun

NASA has stitched together a dazzling image, combining 25 separate images of solar flares between April 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Comet Pan-STARRS still pleasing, amazing photo and video

Comet Pan-STARRS made a subtle but scenic appearance in Washington, D.C. skyline early in March. It has faded, but can still be seen in the night sky under the right circumstances.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space Weather