Whiteknight Observatory Aruba

The White Knight Observatory Aruba is my pride and joy which I’ve build with help of several people. It’s going to be the first automated observatory of the island, and will serve as a teaching tool for the students of the island.

[12/13/17]   Hi friends, just a quick reminder that the Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight.

08/11/2017

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hi friends. As we going trough November, the video below will provide highlights for backyard stargazers. In November, the Leonid meteors light the night. The Andromeda Galaxy displays its arms and bright nucleus. And Saturn and Venus return to the eastern horizon. The great Orion Nebula is also a simple yet beautiful photographic target. Enjoy.

12/10/2017

The Night Sky Guy

TONIGHT: You an watch asteroid 2012 TC4 as it zips past Earth LIVE on the web via the The Virtual Telescope Project run by my friend, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Rome, Italy. https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2017/08/14/near-earth-asteroid-2012-tc4-extremely-close-encounter-online-observations-11-12-oct-2017/

06/09/2017

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hi friends. The sun emitted two major solar flares on the morning of Sept. 6, 2017. The first flare is classified as an X2.2 flare and the second is an X9.3 flare. X-class refers to the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. The X9.3 flare was the largest flare so far in a decade.
Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however—when intense enough—they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

28/08/2017

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hi friends, the next attraction coming up in our skies might be an asteroid big enough to be seen in small telescopes, and maybe even in binoculars, as a small, very slow-moving “star.” Asteroid 1981 ET3 – also known as 3122 Florence, named for Florence Nightingale – will be visible within the next few days.

For more info on 3122 Florence check out the following links:
https://theskylive.com/florence-info
http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/asteroid-3122-florence-earth-flyby/
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/asteroid-1981-et3-3122-florence-pass-earth-2017-binoculars

18/08/2017

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Solar Eclipse glasses are quickly running out for the iconic Solar Eclipse this Monday August 21, 2017. Here is a video from Dr. Edward Cheung (Principal Engineer for the Satellite Servicing Project at NASA).

He explains how you can build your own solar projector and view the eclipse safely. Always remember, do not look to the sun directly! Thank you Edward for providing this excellent video for the Aruban community.

28/04/2017

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hi friends, NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully dove between Saturn & its rings this morning. Cassini is already beaming data back to Earth. We are getting the closest views we've ever seen of the gas giant's cloud tops!

19/04/2017

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

News related to the relatively close encounter of Asteroid 2014 JO25 this Wednesday.

Hi friends. Published in the Aruban news these days is the famous ASTEROID 2014 JO25 discovered in Tucson, Arizona in May 2014. The asteroid will safely sweep past Earth on April 19, 2017. It will not be visible to the unaided eye, as it may show a magnitude of about 10. The flyby should be visible in amateur telescopes (8 inch or above recommended), beginning in the early morning hours on Wednesday and then again on Wednesday night in the constellations Canes Venatici and Coma Berenices between 9:50 PM and 5:30 AM.

The asteroid is according to astronomers about 650 meters in size, with a surface about twice as reflective as that of Earth’s moon. It will safely pass at about 1.8 million km from Earth or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.
The Asteroid can be observed live online with the Vitual Telescope Project on the following link:
http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/

13/01/2017

Tonight's Sky: January 2017

Astronomical highlights for the month of January 2016.

Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere's skywatching events with "Tonight's Sky." In December, an annual meteor shower peaks earl...

20/10/2016

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Orionid Meteor shower peaks tomorrow...see details in link below...

Hi friends. Tomorrow at 00:01 (20 - 21 Oct) the Orionid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 16 Oct to 30 Oct.

The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 25 meteors per hour. The Moon will be 20 days old at the time of peak activity, and so will present significant interference in the pre-dawn sky. Click below link for more info.

03/10/2016

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hurricane Matthew was not a typical hurricane...Sprites photographed above thunderstorm while category 5.

SPRITES ABOVE HURRICANE MATTHEW: On Oct. 1st, Earth weather met space weather above Hurricane Matthew. As the giant storm system was approaching the Greater Antilles, Frankie Lucena of Puerto Rico photographed red sprites shooting up from the thunderclouds. Sprites are a strange form of lightning that shoot up from the tops of electrical storms. They reach all the way up to the edge of space alongside meteors, and auroras.

Seeing sprites above a hurricane is rare. Most hurricanes don't even have regular lightning because the storms lack a key ingredient for electrical activity: vertical winds. But Matthew is not a typical hurricane. It's one of the most powerful in recent years, briefly reaching Category 5 at about the time Lucena photographed the sprites.

21/08/2016

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hi friends. Here is a link to a live feed of Earth taken every 30 minutes. This is captured by the DSCVR Epic satellite 989,045 miles away. Spin it arround to see your current location.

Hi friends. Here is a link to live feed of Earth taken every 30 minutes. This is captured by the DSCVR Epic sattelite 989,045 miles away. Spin it arround to see your current location.

08/08/2016

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Hi friends. We just entered the month of August and there are plenty of activities for fellow stargaizers...remember to keep an eye out for the Perseids meteor showers...many greetings to all.

Hi friends. We have just entered a new month and there are plenty activity for fellow Aruba and area stargaizers. Planets and events that can be viewed this month are the following:
- Jupiter (low in the West and hard to spot after darkness falls),
- Saturn and Mars (in the Southwest, the two planets will apear closets to each other near end of the month).
- Perseids meteor shower (in the Southeasthern)....and more...

For more activities throughtout the month of August 2016, see video below.

28/05/2016

Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Summary video of astronomy events that happen and about to happen in May 2016.

Here is a 2 minute video summary of the events that happened and about to happen in May 2016...stay tuned there is more to come.

space.com 07/05/2016

The Mercury Transit of the Sun on Monday is a Science Smorgasbord

Dear all, Monday we will be having a daytime astronomy event, the transit of Mercury

space.com Mercury's rare transit will probe the planet's extremely thin atmosphere, reveal more about how the sun rotates, and provide insight into the search for worlds beyond the solar system.

ted.com 19/04/2016

The most mysterious star in the universe

Here is something odd that just has been discovered, tnx to Francisco E. Croes for sharing this link

ted.com Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it b…

gizmodo.com 30/03/2016

Something Just Slammed Into Jupiter

Woooooow!! Imagine that hitting Earth...auwch.

gizmodo.com Astronomers have captured video evidence of a collision between Jupiter and a small celestial object, likely a comet or asteroid. Though it looks like a small blip of light, the resulting explosion was unusually powerful.

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