I keep intending to save and quit, then I spend another 20 minutes taking screenshots. It’s full moon night in Dragon Valley and the skies have turned eerie shades of green as wild magic rises like the mists…
I think i see a dragon in the clouds in the first pic
What’s Up for March? The moon hides red star Aldebaran and crescents dazzle after dusk.
On March 4 the first quarter moon passes
between Earth and the star Aldebaran, temporarily blocking our view of the
star. This is called an occultation.
occultation begins and concludes at different times, depending on where you are
when you view it.
The event should be easy to see from most of
the U.S., Mexico, most of Central America, the Western Caribbean and Bermuda.
Observers along a narrow path from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Hartford,
Connecticut, will see the moon “graze” the star. The star will disappear and
reappear repeatedly as hills and valleys on the moon alternately obscure and
As seen from Earth, both Mercury and Venus
have phases like our moon. That’s because they circle the sun inside Earth’s
Planets that orbit between Earth and the sun are known as inner or
Inferior planets can never be at
“opposition,” which is when the planet and the sun are on opposite sides of
But inferior planets can be at “conjunction,”
which is when a planet, the sun and Earth are all in a straight line.
Conjunction can happen once when the planet is on the opposite side of the sun
from Earth and again when it’s on the same side of the sun as Earth.
planet is on the opposite side of the sun from Earth, we say it is at “superior
conjunction.” As the planet moves out from behind the sun and gets closer to
Earth, we see less and less of the lit side. We see phases, similar to our
Mercury is at superior conjunction on March
A few weeks later, the planet emerges from behind the sun and we can once
again observe it. By the end of March we’ll see a last-quarter Mercury.
April 20 Mercury reaches “inferior conjunction.”
Brilliant Venus is also racing toward its own
inferior conjunction on March 25. Watch its crescent get thinner and thinner as
the planet’s size appears larger and larger, because it is getting closer to
Finally, look for Jupiter to rise in the
East. It will be visible all month long from late evening until dawn.
You can catch up on solar system missions and
all of our missions at www.nasa.gov
Watch the full “What’s Up for March 2017″ video here:
Aww, I just read an interview with the creator of Harvest Moon where he says he loves Stardew Valley and sees it as a “powered up” Harvest Moon, and he’s glad others are carrying the Farming game torch. That was the cutest thing.
Everyone’s waiting with baited breath for Stardew Valley to come out on a handheld/portable console and I’m sitting here rocking back and forth in my rocking chair like, “Back in my day, that was called Harvest Moon DS, sonny.”
I’ve gotten quite a few new followers recently, so I just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone! I brought animated pie to bribe you into liking me.
My name is Tahlia, I draw pictures and post about Steven Universe, Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Magical Girls, Pokemon, and sometimes original stuff and other gobbledegoop. Asks are always open, and I’m always up for suggestions on what to draw next (although I may not get to all of them).
Thank you so much for joining me here! I hope you enjoy your stay!
What is the Stratospheric
Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, up to?
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, as our flying telescope is called, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft
that carries a 2.5-meter telescope to altitudes as high as 45,000 feet.
Researchers use SOFIA to study the solar system and beyond using infrared
light. This type of light does not reach the ground, but does reach the
altitudes where SOFIA flies.
Recently, we used SOFIA to study water on Venus, hoping to
learn more about how
that planet lost its oceans. Our researchers used a powerful instrument on
SOFIA, called a spectrograph,
to detect water in its normal form and “heavy water,” which has an extra
neutron. The heavy water takes longer to evaporate and builds up over time. By
measuring how much heavy water is on Venus’ surface now, our team will be able
to estimate how much water Venus had when the planet formed.
We are also using SOFIA to create a detailed map of the Whirlpool
Galaxy by making multiple observations of the galaxy. This map will help us
understand how stars form from clouds in that galaxy. In particular, it will
help us to know if the spiral arms in the galaxy trigger clouds to collapse
into stars, or if the arms just show up where stars have already formed.
We can also use SOFIA to study methane on Mars. The Curiosity rover
has detected methane
on the surface of Mars. But the total amount of methane on Mars is unknown and
evidence so far indicates that its levels change significantly over time and
location. We are using SOFIA to search for evidence of this gas by mapping the Red
Planet with an instrument specially tuned to sniff out methane.
Next our team will use SOFIA to study Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, searching for evidence of possible water plumes detected by the Hubble Space Telescope. The plumes, illustrated in the artist’s concept above, were previously seen in images as extensions from the edge of the moon. Using SOFIA, we will search for water and determine if the plumes are eruptions of water from the surface. If the plumes are coming from the surface, they may be erupting through cracks in the ice that covers Europa’s oceans. Members of our SOFIA team recently discussed studying Europa on the NASA in Silicon Valley Podcast.
This is the view of Jupiter and its moons taken with SOFIA’s
light guide camera that is used to position the telescope.