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Summer Solstice 2014

 Today Will Be The Longest Day Of The Year






” Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to have unlimited fun under the sun. On Saturday, June 21, at exactly 6:15 a.m. EDT, the Summer Solstice will take place.

  The Summer Solstice is officially the longest day of the year, but it also marks the start of the summer. This is the time when “the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky” according to IBT. The word “solstice” is Latin and comes from “sol” and “sistere,” which means “sun stands still.” The terms refers to the sun’s position during the solstice, “the sun appears to pause before its position in the sky reverses direction.”



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Quadrantids 2014: Watch First Meteor Shower Of The Year Live Online







” The first meteor shower of the year will peak tonight (2 January) and tomorrow and will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere.

  The Quadrantids began on 28 December and will continue through to 12 January. At its peak, people should be able to see up to 80 meteorites per hour.

  Less known than its preceding meteor showers Perseids in August and Geminids in December, Quadrantids are often missed by stargazers as the peak intensity only lasts a few hours.

  According to Earth Sky, the best time to watch for people in North America will be between midnight and dawn on the morning of 3 January. People in Asia should watch at the same time the following day.”



Given the weather forecast for the northeastern US it might be a better bet to watch the show online :



” Anyone wishing to watch the meteor shower from the comfort of their homes can also see the Quadrantids live online. Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Centre will be hosting a live Ustream view of the shower from the skies over Huntsville, Alabama, which can be found here.”









Everything You Need To Know: Start Watching For Comet PANSTARRS Now



” There’s a lot of excitement about Comet ISON, which might become a very bright comet, visible across the globe, by the end of 2013. But don’t wait for Comet ISON to look outside for a comet. A fainter comet – called PANSTARRS – has been sighted already in Northern Hemisphere skies. It’s low in the west after sunset – and probably brightest around the time it’s closest to the sun on March 10, 2013. The Southern Hemisphere has been seeing PANSTARRS already for some weeks. skyandtelescope.com reported on March 8 on one of the first U.S. sightings:

Longtime amateur astronomer Jim Brant writes from Homestead, Florida, latitude 25° N: “I spotted the comet naked eye at 7 p.m. tonight (March 7). It is much fainter than recent photos from the Southern Hemisphere, which is expected as they are time exposures. It looks like a faint straight jet contrail, about a degree long and fainter than I expected. It’s a pretty sight in my f/6.25 80mm University Optics refractor at 11x. Thought you might like to know it’s finally visible here.”

In other words, for latitudes like those in the southern U.S., PANSTARRS is visible now. The latitudes where PANSTARRS can be seen low after sunset are moving northward each day. The comet is low in the west after sunset – perhaps not prominent in the midst of evening twilight – but there if your sky is clear to the horizon and unobstructed by trees or tall buildings.”