Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn #Astronomy #conjunctionjupitersaturn #ChristmasStar

I’m sharing a video I took of a rare event.

The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was at its pinnacle on Monday night (12/21/2020). I was able to get out my trusty telescope, Orson Bradbury, and do some stargazing.

The forecast had us cloudy, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. It was almost 60 and the sky was clear. 60 isn’t normal for these parts in December. However, the wind was roaring. You can probably hear it whistle through the telescope in the video.

This is a once in 400 years event, so I was glad to see it. The video was taken through my 11mm Nagler. That translates into high magnification for those of you not well versed in telescope-speak. To see both in that eyepiece was stunning and something that will never happen again. At least, not while I’m alive.

So, I hope you enjoy the video. It’s not the best, but you get to see something really special. Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

Merry up December with a Few Chuckles. Spaceberg is Here and on Sale! #SciFi #Humor #99c

What’s green, white, and red and has plenty of snow? Spaceberg! And, it’s on sale for 99c!

Spaceberg

This berg has balls and they bite.

Spaceberg arrives without warning. The size of Jupiter, it hits with deadly consequences, taking out ships and colonies in the outer solar system.

Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and to save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic is what her plan needs to prevail.

 

 

 

#SciFi Worth Reading: Transmission #BookReview

An emotional and gripping read, Transmission by Morgan Rice was a page turner. Kevin is dying of a rare brain disease, but he has a lasting gift to offer humankind. He’s the only one who can understand a message being sent by an alien race. What’s the message? Who are the aliens?

These questions kept me reading. Hope for Kevin kept me reading. Hope for a momentous discovery kept me reading.

Kevin and the scientists who go on this journey with him were great characters. There were some good twists and turns as this mystery unraveled. If you’re a fan of Earth meeting aliens, you won’t be disappointed by this book. There are more books in the series, which I need to acquire. I need to know what happens next.

When SETI finally receives a signal from an alien civilization, what will happen next?

A 13 year old boy, dying of a rare brain disease, is the only one able to hear and decode signals from outer space. SETI confirms it is a real signal.

What is the message? How will the world react?

And most of all: are the aliens coming?