The sky, April 21-28: The Moon and Spica on April 22

The sky, April 21-28: The Moon and Spica on April 22

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 21, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, APRIL 21 ■ As night descends, look high in the west for Pollux and Castor lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). These two stars, the heads of the Gemini twins, form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left […]

Japan, Turkey shoot for the Moon by conflicting means

Japan, Turkey shoot for the Moon by conflicting means

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 17, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher American allies Japan and Turkey have chosen divergent paths to the Moon: Japan via its longstanding alliance with the United States and Turkey via a new potentially problematic alliance with China. Japan long ago decided that its alliance with the United States formed the basis […]

The sky, April 13-21

The sky, April 13-21

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 14, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SATURDAY, APRIL 13 ■ This is the time of year when, as the last of twilight fades away, the bowl of the dim Little Dipper extends straight to the right of Polaris. High above the two end-stars of the Little Dipper’s bowl, you’ll find the two end-stars […]

U.S. warns China’s geospatial intelligence support for Russia lowers space warfare threshold

U.S. warns China’s geospatial intelligence support for Russia lowers space warfare threshold

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 10, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher Two years into its war against Ukraine, Russia’s military strategy has devolved to one barbaric word: Attrition. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has revived historic strategies against Ukraine that worked against Napoleon and then Hitler: Sacrifice as many Russian soldiers as necessary to wear down the […]

The sky, April 5-14: Get ready for the Solar Eclipse on April 8

The sky, April 5-14: Get ready for the Solar Eclipse on April 8

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 6, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. FRIDAY, APRIL 5 ■ Shortly after nightfall around this time of year, Arcturus, the bright Spring Star climbing in the east, stands just as high as Sirius, the brighter Winter Star descending in the southwest (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). These are the two brightest stars in […]

Space fusion power makes Solar System more accessible

Space fusion power makes Solar System more accessible

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 3, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher A key determinant for future geostrategic space power will be speed, the ability to access distant destinations more rapidly than opponents. Chemical engines dependent on kerosene, methane and oxygen are very slow compared to the potential of nuclear fission propelled engines, that could halve the […]

The sky, April 1-7: Jupiter, due West at twilight

The sky, April 1-7: Jupiter, due West at twilight

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 1, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. MONDAY, APRIL 1 ■ The huge, bright Winter Hexagon is still in view early after dark, filling the sky to the southwest and west. Start with brilliant Sirius in the southwest, the Hexagon’s lower left corner. High above Sirius is Procyon. From there look higher upper right […]

U.S. Space Force finally acknowledges military dimension of China’s Moon plans

U.S. Space Force finally acknowledges military dimension of China’s Moon plans

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 27, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher The United States Space Force is catching on: China’s Moon program is of direct concern to the security of the United States and its allies. During a March 18 program sponsored by the Aerospace Corporation, Brigadier Gen. Anthony Mastalir, Commander of the U.S. Space Forces […]

The sky, March 25-31: Jupiter, Mercury and on March 30, Comet Pons-Brooks

The sky, March 25-31: Jupiter, Mercury and on March 30, Comet Pons-Brooks

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 25, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, MARCH 24 ■ If you haven’t spotted Mercury yet this season, look for it lower right of Jupiter as twilight fades as shown below. Jupiter is magnitude –2.1. Mercury this evening is magnitude –0.1, meaning one sixth as bright. And that’s not counting the extra […]

After its third test flight, Musk vows 5,000 ton Starship will reach Mars by 2030

After its third test flight, Musk vows 5,000 ton Starship will reach Mars by 2030

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 20, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher On March 14, the world’s largest man-made flying platform, the 5,000-ton SpaceX Starship, made its partially successful third flight, with 6 more planned for 2024 alone, and with SpaceX leader Elon Musk on March 18 vowing that Starship will reach Mars by 2030. The caveat […]

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