Astronomy Opportunity: Geminid Meteor Shower

As earth passes through the massive dusty cloud trailing a three-mile-wide space rock, the nighttime sky will light up with shooting stars on Wednesday. The Geminid meteor shower occurs every December but this year will be an especially brilliant show. A waning crescent moon will cast dim light, allowing the meteors to pop as they […]

Stargazer Badge Oppurrtunity This Weekend

You’ll have an oppurrtunity to add another stargazer badge to your sash this weekend if you observe the Taurid meteor shower. (Details at bottom of post.) Here’s the scoop from Space.com: While the Taurid meteor shower doesn’t have a lot of shooting stars to offer (only about 5 per hour at its peak), the few […]

Astronomy Opp: Blackout!

You can watch online here: https://eclipsemega.movie/Monday is the big total eclipse! Be sure not to incinerate your retinas — either wear non-counterfeit glasses or watch online! This counts as an astronomy event whether you watch online or fur real. But watching is not enough for the badge: you must also leave a comment below with […]

Stargazer Merit Badge Opportunity: Orionid Meteor Shower

Residual chunks of Halley’s Comet will light up the sky producing up to 25 shooting stars an hour tonight and into the weekend. What is the Orionid Meteor Shower? Dust from Halley’s Comet will produce an amazing meteor shower this week that should be visible if you have clear skies. Halley’s Comet has not been visible from […]

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction — Astronomy Opportunity

August 27, 2016 – the sky’s two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter will stage the year’s closest conjunction of two planets, with a little Mercury thrown in. These worlds appear only about 1/15th degree apart on the sky’s dome. How close is that? Well, 1/15th of a degree is the equivalent of about 1/7th to […]

Astronomy Opportunity this Month!

Quick rundown on the Astronomy Merit Badge Program: We offer many opportunities for stargazing, knowing that the weather doesn’t always cooperate. You will get a participation badge for every event in which you participate, and after participating in a total of ten events, you’ll earn your Astronomy Expert merit badge. You can start working on […]