Capital Weather Gang: Astronomy


Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Fire on high: An annular solar eclipse that only penguins might love

The quest for fire meets the march of the penguins.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Vivid views of the blood red lunar eclipse (PHOTOS)

Skies parted just enough for brief moments to allow the patient and persistent early risers to see the spectacle, even in the D.C. metro region.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 04/14/2014

Seeing red: Heavens to unveil a total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning

Washington will need a clear morning to see the bright full moon bloom into a radiant red orb for the total lunar eclipse. It will be the first of four total lunar eclipses between now and autumn 2015.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  12:45 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 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 10:59 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Sun unleashes massive flare, aurora possible in northern skies

The polar vortex has exited, but a solar storm may be next on the agenda for the atmosphere.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Midwest meteor: Security camera snags stunning fireball footage

Last Thursday, a dramatic fireball streaked through the skies of eastern Iowa. Watch the video...

By Jason Samenow  |  02:18 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Winter Solstice 2013: Shortest day of the year, but sunset already creeping later

Winter may just be getting started, but those looking forward to a bit more daylight have not much longer to wait.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:52 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Tonight’s “Cold” full moon is 2013 s last and smallest

In between breaks in the clouds this evening, if you can, sneak a quick peak at tonight’s full moon, the last of 2013.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:15 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Adieu, Comet Ison; Hello Comet Lovejoy

Comet ISON swung too close to the sun and has become cosmic rubble. Fortunately, the dim Comet Lovejoy rambles through our northern morning skies this week.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/29/2013

Comet ISON may have survived encounter with sun

Comet ISON is down, but may not be out.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Bright, alluring Venus flaunts early evening charm

That brilliant evening beacon hanging in the southwestern evening sky is our neighboring planet Venus.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  01:08 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Hard-to-find Comet ISON loiters low on the eastern horizon

Comet ISON the much-anticipated, dirty sungrazing snowball that may or may not live up to media hype can be seen with binoculars before sunrise this week, low on the horizon.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  01:01 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Weekend “Beaver” Moon to dull Leonid meteor shower; comet ISON emerging?

This weekend the moon is full, there’s a meteor shower, and a spectacular comet may be visible to the naked eye. But clouds may challenge viewing, depending on your location.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:52 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Sunrise solar eclipse: one stunning time-lapse, five golden images

Streaks of clouds made viewing Sunday morning’s partial solar eclipse challenging, but photographers around the region still managed to capture fantastic views.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:47 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Catch a partial solar eclipse Sunday at sunrise

Throw on your fall jacket and go outside Sunday morning just after 6:30 a.m., because in the eastern U.S. a partial solar eclipse will be underway.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  01:11 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Hunter’s Full Moon, and a penumbral lunar eclipse this evening

The sky presents two lunar spectacles for the price of one tonight.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Fireball races across sky in Washington, D.C. Monday evening; a political metaphor?

A large meteor shot through the sky northeast of the District Monday evening around 8:25 p.m., to the amazement of scores of eyewitnesses in the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:16 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Fireball blazes across skies in Southeast, outshining moon (VIDEO)

On August 28, a fireball shot across the pre-dawn sky near the Georgia-Tennessee border, so bright that its light output easily bested that of a full moon.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 08/21/2013

The Blue Moon rises during "blue hour" in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

The rise of the Blue Moon on Tuesday was timed well with the "blue hour."

By Kevin Ambrose  |  08:53 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Tonight's "alternative" Blue Moon

Tonight's full moon is the current summer's third of four, and a Blue Moon by this standard.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:48 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Russian meteor deposited dust trail that traveled the world

After its violent explosion, the Chelyabinsk meteor of Feb. 15 left a trail of dust that circled the globe and lingered in the atmosphere for at least three months.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:08 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 08/08/2013

Zip! Zoom! Wow! Perseid meteors to dart through our heavens this weekend

To enjoy these meteors, you don't need heavy equipment. Simply go outside, find a dark sky location, and look up for a little while. When is the best time?

By Blaine Friedlander  |  02:47 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/23/2013

View of the Earth from Saturn: Pale Blue Dot reprise

On July 19, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this inspirational, fragile view of the Earth - just a faint speck 900 million miles in the distance - cast beneath Saturn's imposing rings.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Planets over the Potomac: Summer nights heat up planetary performance

It's got to be a summer of love: Find Venus named for the Roman goddess of love puttering around at dusk, Saturn brings some rings and you get caught up in a triangle.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  02:17 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Washington, D.C. supermoon extravaganza (PHOTOS)

Photographers throughout the area on Saturday and Sunday night's supermoon showing, capturing stunning shots of the biggest and brightest moon of the year.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:03 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Shooting the "Supermoon" in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

At 8:55 pm, the moon became visible over the trees at the Tidal Basin. There was a gap in the clouds near the horizon which allowed for a clear, but fleeting view of the moonrise.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 06/21/2013

"King tide" in Maryland this weekend, harbinger of sea level rise

This weekend's 'king tides' may offer a glimpse of what will become the new normal in coming decades as sea levels rise.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:29 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Climate Change, Latest

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Lunatics, arise! 'Super moon' rules this weekend

It's a weekend full of lunacy. The impending full moon, coinciding with the moon's closet approach to Earth in its orbit, has become known as the "super moon."

By Blaine Friedlander  |  08:58 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Summer solstice 2013: Northern Hemisphere's longest day, highest sun of the year

The June solstice is here once again, marking the longest daylight period of the year and the start of astronomical summer in Earth's northern hemisphere.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:11 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Eta Aquarid meteor shower this weekend; was Wednesday night fireball sneak preview?

A spectacular fireball shot through the D.C. region's western skies Wednesday night, a possible prelude to the Eta Aquarid meteor shower which peaks this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:40 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Monstrous wave rolls off surface of sun

The sun unloaded a massive blast of charged particles early today giving the appearance of a gigantic wave on its surface.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:14 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/29/2013

One week's worth of views from the International Space Station

Each day, from his perch aboard the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares front row center views of Earth from outer space.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Environment, Imagery, Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/26/2013

The strength of the late April sun in Washington, D.C.

While it's not quite beach weather, the sun's rays are now just as strong as we see in mid-August.

By Justin Grieser  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Health, Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 04/26/2013

"Pink" full moon dazzles in D.C.'s night sky

Thursday night's "pink" full moon rose magnificently above the eastern horizon, and many Washington, D.C. photographers captured it in all its glory.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:17 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Full pink moon tonight and an eclipse half way around the world

A glorious full moon rises this evening at 8:05 p.m EDT. It has earned the colorful name "Pink Moon", but not for its appearance.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/21/2013

Antares rocket soars into space from Wallops, Va. (pictures)

At 5 p.m., the Antares rocket engineered by Orbital Sciences blasted off from the NASA flight facility in Wallops, Va.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 04/17/2013

NASA rocket launch scrubbed

Assuming good weather, Washingtonians will be able to catch a view of the most spectacular rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Island, Va. facility since its inception.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:14 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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Posted at 08:28 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Dramatic meteor streaks through evening sky

Our social media feeds are being peppered by reports a large, vibrant meteor shot through the sky around 7:53 p.m. The meteor traveled from west to east in the northeast sky eyewitnesses have said.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:28 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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