The Super “Blood Moon” Eclipse of 2015

Lunar eclipse over mountains

The dark red appearance of a full lunar eclipse is something special: Don’t miss this month’s eclipse! Photo Credit: Collin Von Son

In late September the Moon will undergo a rare total eclipse visible to most people in the Americas, Europe and Africa.  This Full Moon will also be known by several names, including the “Blood Moon,” the “Harvest Moon,” and the “Supermoon”! Continue reading

Hubble sees the wings of a butterfly: The Twin Jet Nebula

The shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometers (621,400 miles) per hour.

The Twin Jet Nebula

The shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula.
Credits: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

The cosmic butterfly pictured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image goes by many names. It is called the Twin Jet Nebula as well as answering to the slightly less poetic name of PN M2-9. Continue reading

Exploring the wonders of Sagittarius

The Milky Way

Time exposure photo of the Milky Way

This is a great time of the year to get out under the stars and see the Milky Way. But even if you’re located dozens of miles away from bright city lights, it can be difficult to find the beautiful, hazy band of our galaxy spanning across the nighttime sky.

But you can use the Name A Star Live constellation Sagittarius to find the Milky Way during the summertime.  Just face south and look for the “teapot,” next to the Name A Star Live constellation Scorpius.  Like steam rising from your teapot at home, the countless stars of the Milky Way will appear to rise from the Teapot and over your head. Continue reading

See the best shooting stars of the year!

The best display of shooting stars this year occurs around mid-August.  This display is called the “Perseid meteor shower.”

In this article we’ll discuss what a meteor shower is, the mythology behind the “Perseids,” how to view the meteor shower, and when to view it.

Watching a meteor shower

The best way to view a meteor shower is to lie back and look up — no telescope needed!

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Name that mission!

Conestoga Flight mission patch

Conestoga Flight mission patch

We invite you to suggest a name for our next mission where we will fly our customers’ star names into space.  The mission is scheduled for launch on November 5, 2015 and will fly from Spaceport America, New Mexico, where we have flown several times before. The winner of the contest will receive a mission patch that we have flown in space, together with a certificate of authenticity! Continue reading

NASA New Horizons and Pluto in Sagittarius

Pluto will be in the Name A Star Live constellation Sagittarius when NASA’s New Horizons probe flies past Pluto on July 14, 2015. If you’ve named a star in Sagittarius, take out your Name A Star Live Star Chart and compare the position of your star to Pluto in the diagrams below!

Pluto in Sagittarius, Northern Hemisphere

Pluto in Sagittarius as viewed from the northern hemisphere of Earth, July 2015

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