Sky Watch

NASA needs something… anything.. to get continued funding.  Trump is starting to cut all across the board.  NASA may be on the chopping block soon.   So it goes through elaborate cgi images and projects to prove it’s worth.

So… here’s a thought.  WHY are we looking for other planets to support human life?  If we have environmental issues on Earth… WHY are we concentrating more on fixing those issues instead of spending taxpayer money for space missions that don’t exist.

ESA Hoax


Mars Landing cost $2.5 million.

House spending bill offers $21.5 billion for NASA in 2019





Flat Earth or Globe?

Ballon hits the dome at 115,000 ft.

I talked about this odd weather a little on June 10th blog…

Last Sunday (6/23) it rained all day. On Monday it tapered off and was about 65 deg. The clouds were beautiful. It was overcast on Wednesday but then the skies cleared up and the days after started to get hotter. A nice 83 deg on Thursday afternoon. 98 deg by Friday afternoon.

This is northern California yesterday (Friday, 6/28). I drove from Davis (98 deg) to San Francisco (69 deg).. approx. 75 mile drive. Halfway there I ran into a heatwave (around Fairfield). 108.  Weather has been so quirky.

photo 108

This was the peak temperature for Saturday, 6/29/2013. 119 deg. Getting in and out of the car doing errands was a bit irritating in this heat.



MONTH of JUNE/July at a glance



Last Saturday it was 103deg…. or so I thought.  Acording to the weather site, it was 109 deg.  Now I know why I couldn’t stay outside as long as I usually could. The plants were withering away too.

OK… so maybe this is not so odd that it jumps from the normal 80-90 deg temp to 109 deg. … but what’s really odd is that on Mondayaround 1am or 2am,  there was a thunderstorm.  A real light show with thunder and lightning in the valley below the mountain range. My bedroom faces the mountain range. I opened the blinds so I could watch the amazing lightning strikes.

Then in the morning, little patches of clouds… and it was a beautiful out again…






Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this weekend.

The moon will officially become full Saturday at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year’s biggest.

The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon.

And not only does the moon’s perigee coincide with the full moon this month, but this perigee will be the nearest to Earth of any this year, as the distance of the moon’s close approach varies by about 3 percent, according to meteorologist Joe Rao,’s skywatching columnist. This happens because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular.

This month’s full moon is due to be about 16 percent brighter than average. In contrast, later this year on Nov. 28, the full moon will coincide with apogee, the moon’s farthest approach, offering a particularly small and dim full moon.

Though the unusual appearance of this month’s full moon may be surprising to some, there’s no reason for alarm, scientists warn. The slight distance difference isn’t enough to cause any earthquakes or extreme tidal effects, experts say.

The last supermoon occurred in March 2011.

To view this weekend’s supermoon to best effect, look for it just after it rises or before it sets, when it is close to the horizon. There, you can catch a view of the moon behind buildings or trees, an effect that produces an optical illusion, making the moon seem even larger than it really is.

However, the normal tides around the world will be particularly high and low. At perigee, the moon will exert about 42 percent more tidal force than it will during its next apogee two weeks later, Rao said.