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    TWO WEEKS FROM TONIGHT!

    Telescope Night in Oak Park:
    7-8pm Jan. 31
    Fox Park

    We'll be looking beyond our solar system, at the beautiful Orion Nebula.
    There will be NASA goodies, like stickers and flyers, and a discussion of current NASA missions.

    If you have a telescope, you are invited to bring it ... if you don't know how to use it, I'll help.
    @oakparkil @wednesdayjournal @parkdistoakpark
    #OakPark #astronomy #SolarSystemAmbassador #space

    TWO WEEKS FROM TONIGHT!

Telescope Night in Oak Park:
7-8pm Jan. 31
Fox Park

We'll be looking beyond our solar system, at the beautiful Orion Nebula. 
There will be NASA goodies, like stickers and flyers, and a discussion of current NASA missions.

If you have a telescope, you are invited to bring it ... if you don't know how to use it, I'll help. 
@oakparkil @wednesdayjournal @parkdistoakpark 
#OakPark #astronomy #SolarSystemAmbassador #space
    4 0 1 hour ago

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    Second planet from the Sun and our closest planetary neighbor, Venus is similar in structure and size to Earth, but it is now a very different world. Its thick atmosphere traps heat in a runaway greenhouse effect, making it the hottest planet in our solar system.
    #science #astronomy #nasa #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador 📸 @nasa

    Second planet from the Sun and our closest planetary neighbor, Venus is similar in structure and size to Earth, but it is now a very different world. Its thick atmosphere traps heat in a runaway greenhouse effect, making it the hottest planet in our solar system.
#science #astronomy #nasa #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador 📸 @nasa
    25 0 16 January, 2019

    Tycho's Supernova Remnant in X-ray 
    Image Credit: NASA / CXC / F.J. Lu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) et al.
    Explanation: What star created this huge puffball? What's pictured is the hot expanding #nebula of  #Tycho 's #supernova remnant, the result of a stellar explosion first recorded over 400 years ago by the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe. The featured image is a composite of three X-ray colors taken by the orbiting  #Chandra X-ray Observatory. The expanding gas cloud is extremely hot, while slightly different expansion speeds have given the cloud a puffy appearance. Although the star that created  #SN1572 , is likely completely gone, a star dubbed Tycho G, too dim to be discerned here, is thought to be a companion. Finding progenitor remnants of Tycho's supernova is particularly important because the supernova is of Type Ia, an important rung in the distance ladder that calibrates the scale of the visible universe. The peak brightness of Type Ia supernovas is thought to be well understood, making them quite valuable in exploring the relationship between faintness and farness in the distant #universe .
    #SolarSystemAmbassador #ProfessorKG #TheDernTruth #AfroAstronomy #science #SolarSystem #Astrophotography #astrophotographers #astronomy #NASA

    Tycho's Supernova Remnant in X-ray 
Image Credit: NASA / CXC / F.J. Lu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) et al.
Explanation: What star created this huge puffball? What's pictured is the hot expanding #nebula of #Tycho's #supernova remnant, the result of a stellar explosion first recorded over 400 years ago by the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe. The featured image is a composite of three X-ray colors taken by the orbiting #Chandra X-ray Observatory. The expanding gas cloud is extremely hot, while slightly different expansion speeds have given the cloud a puffy appearance. Although the star that created #SN1572, is likely completely gone, a star dubbed Tycho G, too dim to be discerned here, is thought to be a companion. Finding progenitor remnants of Tycho's supernova is particularly important because the supernova is of Type Ia, an important rung in the distance ladder that calibrates the scale of the visible universe. The peak brightness of Type Ia supernovas is thought to be well understood, making them quite valuable in exploring the relationship between faintness and farness in the distant #universe.
#SolarSystemAmbassador #ProfessorKG #TheDernTruth #AfroAstronomy #science #SolarSystem #Astrophotography #astrophotographers #astronomy #NASA
    21 0 14 January, 2019

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    I had a great time presenting “Searching for Exoplanets: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)” to the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society yesterday afternoon! This was my first Solar System Ambassador event of 2019.
    Wishing you clear skies! -Marty
    #NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador 🚀 www.BackyardAstronomyGuy.com‬

    I had a great time presenting “Searching for Exoplanets: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)” to the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society yesterday afternoon! This was my first Solar System Ambassador event of 2019. 
Wishing you clear skies! -Marty
#NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador 🚀 www.BackyardAstronomyGuy.com‬
    52 3 14 January, 2019

    عکسی از زمین و ماهش از فاصله هفتاد و یک ملیون مایلی
    گوشه سمت چپ پایین تصویر دونقطه نورانی کوچک
    هرآنچه در زمین اتفاق افتاده ،خونریزیها و بی عدالتیها،عشقها و نفرتها،جنگها و کشورگشاییها وظهور و سقوط پادشاهان و امپراطوریها و بقیه اتفاقات خوب و بد در این نقطه نورانی کوچک 🌏📸 LOOK AT US!! 📸🌚 Wow o wow - back on December 19th @osiris_rex captured *this* photo of our planet & moon (lower left) & the asteroid #Bennu - 71 millions miles away from Earth!

    OSIRIS-REx is part of NASA’s “New Frontiers” program, which are a series of space explorations of our Solar System including New Horizons (an #interplanetary space probe launched in 2006 & - having completed its primary mission to study Pluto - is currently studying objects in the circumstellar disc of the Kuiper Belt) & Juno (a probe orbiting Jupiter since 2016, studying the gas giant’s composition, gravitational/magnetic fields & polar #magnetosphere ). OSIRIS-REx is supposed to grab actual material from Bennu & return it to Earth. Amazing.

    Stay tuned, #StarStuff - we are living in an amazing age of celestial discovery. 🌌 🚀 💫 ♥️ #NewFrontier #OSIRISREx #Bennu #Asteroid #NASA #SolarSystem #SpaceExploration #LongExposure #NewHorizons #Pluto #KuiperBelt #Circumstellar #Juno #Jupiter #Gravity #SolarSystemAmbassador 📸 courtesy of @nasagoddard
    12/19/2018

    BONUS FACTOFF: Bennu is the smallest ever celestial body to be orbited by a human spacecraft! .
    # ناسا # ستاره # ستاره_شناسی # بج_بنگ # ماه # زمین # خورشید # خدا # فرانسوی # ایران # هاوکینگ # ماریخ # یوفو # کهکشان # ستاره # سیاره # سیاه_چاله # فضایی # ایران_آستروپیک # اینشتین # شفق_آبپبی # آسمان # کهکشان_راه_شیری # فیزیک # تلسکوپ # علم
    # پرسپولیس🛰

    عکسی از زمین و ماهش از فاصله هفتاد و یک ملیون مایلی 
گوشه سمت چپ پایین تصویر دونقطه نورانی کوچک 
هرآنچه در زمین اتفاق افتاده ،خونریزیها و بی عدالتیها،عشقها و نفرتها،جنگها و کشورگشاییها وظهور و سقوط پادشاهان و امپراطوریها و بقیه اتفاقات خوب و بد در این نقطه نورانی کوچک 🌏📸 LOOK AT US!! 📸🌚 Wow o wow - back on December 19th @osiris_rex captured *this* photo of our planet & moon (lower left) & the asteroid #Bennu - 71 millions miles away from Earth!

OSIRIS-REx is part of NASA’s “New Frontiers” program, which are a series of space explorations of our Solar System including New Horizons (an #interplanetary space probe launched in 2006 & - having completed its primary mission to study Pluto - is currently studying objects in the circumstellar disc of the Kuiper Belt) & Juno (a probe orbiting Jupiter since 2016, studying the gas giant’s composition, gravitational/magnetic fields & polar #magnetosphere). OSIRIS-REx is supposed to grab actual material from Bennu & return it to Earth. Amazing.

Stay tuned, #StarStuff - we are living in an amazing age of celestial discovery. 🌌 🚀 💫 ♥️ #NewFrontier #OSIRISREx #Bennu #Asteroid #NASA #SolarSystem #SpaceExploration #LongExposure #NewHorizons #Pluto #KuiperBelt #Circumstellar #Juno #Jupiter #Gravity #SolarSystemAmbassador 📸 courtesy of @nasagoddard 
12/19/2018

BONUS FACTOFF: Bennu is the smallest ever celestial body to be orbited by a human spacecraft! .
# ناسا # ستاره # ستاره_شناسی # بج_بنگ # ماه # زمین # خورشید # خدا # فرانسوی # ایران # هاوکینگ # ماریخ # یوفو # کهکشان # ستاره # سیاره # سیاه_چاله # فضایی # ایران_آستروپیک # اینشتین # شفق_آبپبی # آسمان # کهکشان_راه_شیری # فیزیک # تلسکوپ # علم
# پرسپولیس🛰
    62 0 12 January, 2019

    🌏📸 LOOK AT US!! 📸🌚 Wow o wow - back on December 19th @osiris_rex captured *this* photo of our planet & moon (lower left) & the asteroid #Bennu - 71 millions miles away from Earth!

    OSIRIS-REx is part of NASA’s “New Frontiers” program, which are a series of space explorations of our Solar System including New Horizons (an #interplanetary space probe launched in 2006 & - having completed its primary mission to study Pluto - is currently studying objects in the circumstellar disc of the Kuiper Belt) & Juno (a probe orbiting Jupiter since 2016, studying the gas giant’s composition, gravitational/magnetic fields & polar #magnetosphere ). OSIRIS-REx is supposed to grab actual material from Bennu & return it to Earth. Amazing.

    Stay tuned, #StarStuff - we are living in an amazing age of celestial discovery. 🌌 🚀 💫 ♥️ #NewFrontier #OSIRISREx #Bennu #Asteroid #NASA #SolarSystem #SpaceExploration #LongExposure #NewHorizons #Pluto #KuiperBelt #Circumstellar #Juno #Jupiter #Gravity #SolarSystemAmbassador 📸 courtesy of @nasagoddard
    12/19/2018

    BONUS FACTOFF: Bennu is the smallest ever celestial body to be orbited by a human spacecraft! 🛰

    🌏📸 LOOK AT US!! 📸🌚 Wow o wow - back on December 19th @osiris_rex captured *this* photo of our planet & moon (lower left) & the asteroid #Bennu - 71 millions miles away from Earth!

OSIRIS-REx is part of NASA’s “New Frontiers” program, which are a series of space explorations of our Solar System including New Horizons (an #interplanetary space probe launched in 2006 & - having completed its primary mission to study Pluto - is currently studying objects in the circumstellar disc of the Kuiper Belt) & Juno (a probe orbiting Jupiter since 2016, studying the gas giant’s composition, gravitational/magnetic fields & polar #magnetosphere). OSIRIS-REx is supposed to grab actual material from Bennu & return it to Earth. Amazing.

Stay tuned, #StarStuff - we are living in an amazing age of celestial discovery. 🌌 🚀 💫 ♥️ #NewFrontier #OSIRISREx #Bennu #Asteroid #NASA #SolarSystem #SpaceExploration #LongExposure #NewHorizons #Pluto #KuiperBelt #Circumstellar #Juno #Jupiter #Gravity #SolarSystemAmbassador 📸 courtesy of @nasagoddard 
12/19/2018

BONUS FACTOFF: Bennu is the smallest ever celestial body to be orbited by a human spacecraft! 🛰
    21 1 12 January, 2019

    Shout out to @merediddys for the neat headshot skills and @sacole0904 for letting us use her office walls🙈.
    My profile is officially up on the @nasa #solarsystemambassador website! https://solarsystem1.jpl.nasa.gov/ssa/biography.cfm?US_ID=1972

    Shout out to @merediddys for the neat headshot skills and @sacole0904 for letting us use her office walls🙈.
My profile is officially up on the @nasa #solarsystemambassador website!  https://solarsystem1.jpl.nasa.gov/ssa/biography.cfm?US_ID=1972
    90 8 11 January, 2019

    This image from Parker Solar Probe's WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument shows a coronal streamer, seen over the east limb of the Sun on Nov. 8, 2018, at 1:12 a.m. EST. Coronal streamers are structures of solar material within the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, that usually overlie regions of increased solar activity. The fine structure of the streamer is very clear, with at least two rays visible. Parker Solar Probe was about 16.9 million miles from the Sun's surface when this image was taken. The bright object near the center of the image is Mercury (Ed Note: corrected on Dec 13), and the dark spots are a result of background correction.
    Credit: NASA/NRL/Parker Solar Probe.
    #solarsystemambassador #solaractivity #randyshivakamateursolarastronomer #parkersolarprobe

    This image from Parker Solar Probe's WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument shows a coronal streamer, seen over the east limb of the Sun on Nov. 8, 2018, at 1:12 a.m. EST. Coronal streamers are structures of solar material within the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, that usually overlie regions of increased solar activity. The fine structure of the streamer is very clear, with at least two rays visible. Parker Solar Probe was about 16.9 million miles from the Sun's surface when this image was taken. The bright object near the center of the image is Mercury (Ed Note: corrected on Dec 13), and the dark spots are a result of background correction.
Credit: NASA/NRL/Parker Solar Probe.
#solarsystemambassador #solaractivity #randyshivakamateursolarastronomer #parkersolarprobe
    31 1 11 January, 2019

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    Some photos from my presentations at Loretto Academy Elementary in early December. They were a great group of kids and the faculty was amazing! #NASA #SolarSystemAmbassador

    Some photos from my presentations at Loretto Academy Elementary in early December. They were a great group of kids and the faculty was amazing! #NASA #SolarSystemAmbassador
    8 0 9 January, 2019

    Did you know there’s a total Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon on Sunday night, January 20, 2019? Hope the weather will be clear!

    This image is a series of pictures I took of another lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010.

    From NASA JPL:
    “Viewers in North and South America, as well as those in western parts of Europe and Africa, will be able to watch one of the sky's most dazzling shows on Jan. 20, 2019, when the Sun, Earth and Moon align at 9:12 p.m. PST, creating a total lunar eclipse. The full moon will also be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, called perigee. While at perigee, the Moon appears slightly bigger and brighter from our perspective on Earth, so it's often referred to as a supermoon.” For specific times for your area, visit https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2019-january-21

    Learn more at: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/events/2019/1/21/total-lunar-eclipse-and-supermoon/ ‪Wishing you clear skies! -Marty
    #NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador 🚀 www.BackyardAstronomyGuy.com‬
    Image credit: Marty McGuire

    Did you know there’s a total Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon on Sunday night, January 20, 2019? Hope the weather will be clear!

This image is a series of pictures I took of another lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010.

From NASA JPL:
“Viewers in North and South America, as well as those in western parts of Europe and Africa, will be able to watch one of the sky's most dazzling shows on Jan. 20, 2019, when the Sun, Earth and Moon align at 9:12 p.m. PST, creating a total lunar eclipse. The full moon will also be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, called perigee. While at perigee, the Moon appears slightly bigger and brighter from our perspective on Earth, so it's often referred to as a supermoon.” For specific times for your area, visit https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2019-january-21

Learn more at: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/events/2019/1/21/total-lunar-eclipse-and-supermoon/ ‪Wishing you clear skies! -Marty
#NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador 🚀 www.BackyardAstronomyGuy.com‬ 
Image credit: Marty McGuire
    77 0 7 January, 2019

    “Partial Solar Eclipse
    JANUARY 5, 2019 / DR.TONY PHILLIPS
    Jan. 5, 2019: When the sun rises over Beijing on Jan 6th, something will be missing. As in … 31.5% of the sun. On that morning, the New Moon is going to pass in front of the sun, off center, turning the usual disk into a crescent.
    This is not a total eclipse. At maximum, the Moon will cover 71% of the sun–a deep crescent.
    Sunrise observers of the eclipse could witness scenes like this:
    James Kevin Ty took this picture from the Philippines during a similar eclipse in Jan. 2010.”
    Warning: Many people watching the eclipse at sunrise or sunset may be tempted to stare at the relatively dim sun. BE CAREFUL. Even the tiniest sliver of sun left uncovered by the Moon can hurt your eyes. Eclipse glasses are recommended for safety.”
    #solarsystemambassador #solaractivity #randyshivakamateursolarastronomer #solarastronomy #solareclipse

    “Partial Solar Eclipse
JANUARY 5, 2019 / DR.TONY PHILLIPS
Jan. 5, 2019: When the sun rises over Beijing on Jan 6th, something will be missing. As in … 31.5% of the sun. On that morning, the New Moon is going to pass in front of the sun, off center, turning the usual disk into a crescent.
This is not a total eclipse. At maximum, the Moon will cover 71% of the sun–a deep crescent.
Sunrise observers of the eclipse could witness scenes like this:
James Kevin Ty took this picture from the Philippines during a similar eclipse in Jan. 2010.”
Warning: Many people watching the eclipse at sunrise or sunset may be tempted to stare at the relatively dim sun. BE CAREFUL. Even the tiniest sliver of sun left uncovered by the Moon can hurt your eyes. Eclipse glasses are recommended for safety.”
#solarsystemambassador #solaractivity #randyshivakamateursolarastronomer #solarastronomy #solareclipse
    23 0 5 January, 2019

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    Dark side of the moon just means it faces away from Earth 🌍! It doesn’t mean it doesn’t get any sunlight! #FarSide Sheesh 🤦‍♀️
    “The Dark Side of the Moon
    The phrase "dark side of the Moon" usually refers to the side of the Moon that we cannot see from Earth. The Moon takes about 29 days to orbit the Earth. It takes almost the same amount of time to make one rotation on its axis. That is why we always see the same side of the Moon from Earth. This part of the Moon is not really the "dark side", however, it is more accurately the "far side". The side of the Moon we do not see from Earth gets just as much sunlight on it as the side we do see. In truth, the only dark side of the Moon is the side that is pointed away from the Sun at any given time.”
    #solarsystemambassador #moon #solaractivity #randyshivakamateursolarastronomer #internationalsunday

    Dark side of the moon just means it faces away from Earth 🌍! It doesn’t mean it doesn’t get any sunlight! #FarSide Sheesh 🤦‍♀️
“The Dark Side of the Moon
The phrase "dark side of the Moon" usually refers to the side of the Moon that we cannot see from Earth. The Moon takes about 29 days to orbit the Earth. It takes almost the same amount of time to make one rotation on its axis. That is why we always see the same side of the Moon from Earth. This part of the Moon is not really the "dark side", however, it is more accurately the "far side". The side of the Moon we do not see from Earth gets just as much sunlight on it as the side we do see. In truth, the only dark side of the Moon is the side that is pointed away from the Sun at any given time.”
#solarsystemambassador #moon #solaractivity #randyshivakamateursolarastronomer #internationalsunday
    16 5 4 January, 2019

    New image of 2014 MU69 from the NASA New Horizons mission!

    Wishing you clear skies! -Marty
    #NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador 🚀 www.BackyardAstronomyGuy.com‬
    Screenshot from NASA TV Live
    Image credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

    #2014MU69 #MU69

    New image of 2014 MU69 from the NASA New Horizons mission!

Wishing you clear skies! -Marty
‪#NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador 🚀 www.BackyardAstronomyGuy.com‬ 
Screenshot from NASA TV Live
Image credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

#2014MU69 #MU69
    199 7 2 January, 2019

    Look who got a letter from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 💫 I’m so excited to be chosen as one of NASA’s new Solar System Ambassadors! I can’t wait to have my first community Space Exploration activity 🌚⭐️🌎🔭 #NerdAlert #JPL #NASA #SolarSystemAmbassador

    Look who got a letter from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 💫 I’m so excited to be chosen as one of NASA’s new Solar System Ambassadors! I can’t wait to have my first community Space Exploration activity 🌚⭐️🌎🔭 #NerdAlert #JPL #NASA #SolarSystemAmbassador
    77 8 2 January, 2019