Astronomy Column: Earth2Sky Calculus up for discussion

By ROGER BROWER

The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held on Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum.

The program will feature Dr. Tony Phillips and some of his Bishop High School students, who will talk about their “Earth2Sky Calculus” program, which was developed to do high altitude balloon radiation data acquisition and has now morphed into biological experimentation as well. Philips is well known for his work for NASA and the “Space Weather” website.

The fifth star party of the year will be on Aug. 22. Signs will be out at 8 p.m., and viewing will begin at 8:30 p.m.

August Celestial Calendar

Venus remains in the morning sky this month. Look for the brilliant planet in the east before sunrise.

Jupiter reappears near Venus low in the morning sky early in the month. On Aug. 18 the two planets will be just 0.2 degrees apart near the Beehive Cluster.

Mercury will be hidden by the Sun’s glare all month.

Saturn moves into Libra with Mars close behind. Look for them in the southwest after sunset. On Aug. 3 they will be joined by the moon.

The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks at midnight Aug. 12-13. Unfortunately, our moon will near full but still low in the east. Don’t despair. Watch for bright grazing meteors the evenings of Aug. 11-13.

Story First Published: 2014-07-30