Episode #087: Saturn’s New Moons

NASA recently announced that it has discovered 20 new moons orbiting the planet Saturn. That brings the Saturn moon count to 82… which now means that Saturn (and not Jupiter) has the most known moons orbiting the planet. Would you like to help name the new moons? I’ll share the rules and the procedure on Episode #087! CLICK HERE to see how YOU can name the moons!

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Episode #086: Noctilucent Clouds

Basically, cloud types are grouped in three classifications: low, mid, and high. Recently, something far higher than the 5-mile-high cirrus clouds has been making the news. They are noctilucent clouds, a cloud type that neither my wife or I have ever seen in person…. until last Saturday night!

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Episode #085: October Heat

In about 4 hours, we will usher in the colorful month of October. On average, the normal high for Cleveland is 68°F, but highs will launch far above that. Is that unusual, or is it downright rare? What else can we empirically derive from the record October warmth in the eastern USA? Let’s explore!

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Episode #084: Equinox vs. Equilux

Is the amount of light and dark equal on the autumnal equinox? If not, why? Let’s find out!

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Episode #083: Dragonflies On Radar?

My wife and I were curiously watching an unusual mass of something on NEXRAD Doppler radar this morning edging in from the southwest. Whatever it was seemed to be moving with the gentle southwest winds that brought us our 15th 90°F day of the year in Cleveland, Ohio. Then I received an even more curious call from a young lady in Euclid who witness thousands and thousands of dragonflies throughout the air. I called a friend who works at the National Weather Service to let him know that what we were seeing on radar today may have been, at least in part, dragonflies!

It may have been warm today, but the fall foliage is starting to show a hint of what’s coming next month. Check out the photos I posted on WeatherJazz.com for this episode.

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Episode #082: Feeling Melancholy

I always start feeling this way as we approach September. I so loved my college experience that I often spend a little time reflecting on the excitement of September 3, 1977, the day my parents, aunt, and younger brother drove me to Lyndonville, Vermont, surrounded by beautiful mountains that I would come to know and love.

But this year, it’s for a compounded reason: It’s the first year that we are not transporting our son, Noah, to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He graduated in May. As I mentioned in the podcast, I still took the time to spend time looking at LU’s live web cameras during freshman move-in day, and I watched the year’s first Convocation with “My Pillow” guy, Mike Lindell. Please take the time to watch his testimony below (scrub to about 29 minutes in to get to Mike’s testimony).

We're back! Join us at 10:40am for #LUConvo!

Posted by Liberty University Office of Spiritual Development on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

And, YES!… I’m releasing Book 4 of my Christmas In Pilaf series as a free, daily podcast called “Welcome To Pilaf.” I’ll share details on all the platforms I’ll be on with my book release once everything is set. In the meantime, here is the introduction for the podcast. I hope you enjoy it.

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Episode #081: ISS, Jupiter, And Two Galaxies

We had some wonderful evening passes of the International Space Station recently, but we are now entering a block of time when the ISS cannot be seen in Ohio. When will we the next set of passes? Let’s talk about that along with some interesting stats about the ISS. I’ll also brief you on this weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend and talk about the details found in two recently photographed Hubble Space Telescope objects (see below) in today’s episode of WeatherJazz®.

Courtesy Hubble Telescope

“UGC 2369”

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Episode #080: Voyager 1 & 2

I was preparing to start my college career in northeastern Vermont when NASA launched both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 deep space probes over 40 years ago. Amazingly, those space probes (which are outside of our solar system) continue to communicate to Earth. The signal from each probe takes almost 24 hours to reach NASA’s antennas! Here’s an update on the two probes that have been speeding away from Earth for over 40 years.

See REAL TIME data from Voyager 1 and 2 HERE.

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