Tuesday, February 3, 2009
2-03-09 Pleiades And Luna Waltz Street Astro
Our weather continues to be wonderful - the sky offers plenty of celestial goodies for the public to see - like tonight's occultation! Most people are somewhat familiar with eclipses of the Sun and Moon but do not realize that other similar events happen very regularly between the Moon and objects such as stars and planets - like tonight's event with the Pleiades - a wonderful naked eye star cluster in Taurus. What a opportunity to see first hand movement of the Moon against one of the most well know sky objects! And it did not disappoint! Events like these open up tremendous opportunities to answer all kinds of astronomical questions ranging anywhere from the nature of the Moon and Stars to celestial movements to the history of how we understand the universe! Not only do I field questions but I want to hear about my guests experiences with the sky and astronomy . In the pic is Juan. He is a member of our country's National Guard with a rank of Sargent. He was glued to the scope! He works in computer science and would like to pursue more astronomy in his life. He received 2 CD's to take home so he can begin to educate his young daughter about the universe. Thanks Juan for your service to this nation and your devotion to your daughter's education!