Hi Mona You do such a fantastic job with your Astronomy site, it's always interesting to get a glimpse of our universe. This year I've had the chance to see what I think are comets during daylight hours (Alberta, Canada) and I believe on Saturday night it may have been Neowise frolicking across the massive prairie sky again, but can't find a source to verify. Are there any websites or apps that you can recommend for comet, asteroid, or satellite tracking? Thanks
Monika, Neowise hasn't been visible to the naked eye since the summer. But if you're seeing frolicking, you may actually be catching glimpses of Taurid meteors. Comets don't appear to move while you watch. Now meteors, in my experience, are so quick they're gone between someone's "Look!" and my eyeball moving. But I have seen Taurid meteors that move slowly.
Can the International Space Station and various satellites be seen from your house? If so, when and where should you look? What are the two bright stars you've seen around sunset time? The website Heavens-Above is a tool for beginners and experienced observers to identify what's in the sky. It includes interactive sky maps. Heavens-Above – website
Hi Mona I guess my biggest fear has come true: UFOs and war of the worlds.
What we saw moved very slowly and had a distinct white tail, but not like an airplane. When we saw what we thought was Neowise in the summer, it had the same appearance, but this past weekend when we saw it again, it moved slowly, then the clouds moved over it and it reappeared in a very different location but still slow-moving. It was very unusual.
I've seen a flaming meteor once, it hit the ground in Saskatchewan. I knew I had witnessed something special then too. But this thing was out of this world. I will investigate the links and yes, I've seen the space station twice in my life. It's super fast.
On this day in 1871 - November 4th - American astronomer William Hammond Wright was born.
Among his accomplishments was the research carried out into the radial velocity of stars in the southern sky. This was mainly done at the Chile station of California's Lick Observatory. He later became the director of Lick Observatory, a post he held from 1935-1942.
On this day in 1572 - November 6th - Tycho Brahe recorded his observation of a bright new star (now listed as supernova SN 1572) in the constellation Cassiopeia.
The understanding of the time was that the stars were part of a sphere which was perfect and unchangeable, so the new object was assumed to be a local phenomenon. However, Tycho's study showed that it was a distant object.
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