Nov 05, 2013 — We're "gaining dark" as winter approaches. That's good news for astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue. There's just more and more time to get outside and see the stars and planets now in the night sky.
On the list of highlights in her conversation with Martha Foley today: Venus in the evening (with the waxing crescent moon tonight); winter constellations Orion, notably) rising; Jupiter, Leo and Mars in the morning; and a comet, ISON, on its way this month.
(Aileen teaches physics at St. Lawrence University and stops by the NCPR studios every month or so.) Go to full article
Oct 01, 2013 — The days are getting shorter, by about three minutes every 24 hours now, and that's welcome news for Aileen O'Donoghue. It means more time for looking at the night sky.
O'Donoghue teaches physics, including astronomy, at St. Lawrence University, and stopped by the NCPR studios this morning to deliver an update on the current highlights in what she calls the wilderness above us.
She tells Martha Foley about Venus (hanging in the west at sundown), Saturn (nearby, but fainter and MUCH farther away), and the waning crescent, and Jupiter (both in the morning sky). And then there's the new crescent, coming Monday. Go to full article
Apr 09, 2013 — We're gaining about three minutes of daylight every day now, and the winter constellations such as Orion are starting to slip below the horizon. Jupiter will be the brightest... Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Feb 28, 2013 — Solar weather does more than create light shows at polar latitudes. When the sun acts up, the effects can range from communications interference on earth to lethal doses of... Go to full article
Canton, NY, Feb 26, 2013 — The days are lengthening, but there's still plenty to see in the night sky. St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue joins Todd Moe to talk about the Snow Moon,... Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Dec 06, 2012 — Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss cosmic rays. While many people may think cosmic rays only affect astronauts or satellites--objects in space--computers and other... Go to full article
Canton, NY, Dec 04, 2012 — Aileen O'Donoghue, who teaches astronomy and physics at St. Lawrence University, loves this time of year, when the sun sets early and rises late. She shares her enthusiasm... Go to full article