The sky, May 19-26: Full Moon occults Antares on May 23

The sky, May 19-26: Full Moon occults Antares on May 23

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 19, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, MAY 19 ■ The Moon continues to illuminate Virgo’s part of the sky. Early this evening look about 3° or 4° lower left of the Moon for Spica, Virgo’s brightest star. By midnight the Moon moves closer to Spica, which then will be directly to […]

Russia has not lost its ambition to be a space superpower

Russia has not lost its ambition to be a space superpower

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 15, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher Despite its many self-inflicted crises and its increasing political-economic subordination to China, Russia is still striving for a superpower level space program with ambitions to compete with the United States and China on the Moon. But in addition, Russia’s space program is growing less transparent […]

The sky, April 28 – May 5: Jupiter sets for the season

The sky, April 28 – May 5: Jupiter sets for the season

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 28, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, APRIL 28 ■ Hydra’s dim, irregular body and tail stretch all the way to Libra just risen in the southeast. He carries Crater and Corvus on his back. Below Crater, in Hydra’s most southerly part, is the new 12th-magnitude supernova in the 10th-magnitude galaxy NGC […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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