The solar eclipse that is making its way across the United States on August 21, 2017 is a big event. Astronomers, professional and amateur alike, have been planning for this event for years. Small towns across the country that are in the path of the total solar eclipse are sold out of hotel rooms and expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors for this unique event. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip for the occasion or watching it from your own backyard, we’ve rounded up the best resources to prepare you for the spectacle. Enjoy!
With the Total Solar Eclipse occurring in a few days, we’re shedding some light on our Moon MOVA Globe. The moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite and is the largest satellite relative to the planet it orbits. Although the actual moon’s features won’t be seen during Totality – the stage where the moon completely blocks the sun and appears as a dark disk – here are some notable features of the Moon to look for on the MOVA Globe and tips for how to decorate the globe in your home.
5 Features of the Moon
1. Luna Maria: These are the dark regions scattered across the Moon. Maria is Latin for “seas” and are solidified lava flows from about 3.5 billion years ago. The lighter regions on the Moon are called the Lunar Highlands because of their higher altitude.
On July 15th, Buzz Aldrin, astronaut and second person to walk on the moon, hosted the third annual fundraising gala for his non-profit foundation, ShareSpace, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MOVA International had the opportunity to donate 50 of our Mars MOVA Globes as centerpieces for the event. The globes were signed by Buzz and auctioned off to raise funding for space education. The gala raised over $200,000 for the foundation. We were honored to be a part of this special day.
We all know the Earth’s Moon is amazing, but what about the moons of the other planets? All 181 moons of our solar system tell a story about how they were formed, and they have unique textures, colors, shapes, and sizes. We get many requests to add more moons to our MOVA Space collection, so we’ve selected a few of our favorites to share with you. Which of these moons do you find the most interesting and would like to see rotating on your desk in the future?
We sat down with Jarred Donkersley, Celestron’s Assistant Marketing Manager, to discuss how anyone can get started with stargazing, why astronomy is important,and his favorite space missions.
Celestron has been in business for over 50 years. How did it get started?
It all started when Tom Johnson, our founder, discovered an inexpensive way to mass produce the corrector plate of the schmidt-cassegrain telescope, making wide, short tube designs affordable for amateur astronomers. Since then there have been countless innovations, but we’ve always stayed true to our roots and dedicated to the hobby and our customers.
How should stargazing newbies get started? Give us a Stargazing 101.
We continue our conversation with Jarred Donkersley, Celestron’s Assistant Marketing Manager, to discuss how Celestron brings people together through community events, a wide array of products, and a dedication to teach people about our planet. Read part one of our interview to get a stargazing lesson.
What’s the best part about working at Celestron? What makes Celestron unique?
Celestron occupies a unique position at the forefront of a relatively small industry. Because of this we enjoy opportunities to work with all sorts of individuals and organizations. The National Park Service, The International Dark-Sky Association, Stephen Hawking, Phil Plait, John Davis, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, NASA, Bill Nye and The Planetary Society, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan of the Cosmos TV show, Kristie Reddick and The Bug Chicks, and that’s just some of the more well-known personalities. At least once a month some exciting new project gets tossed in our lap.
Add to that the fact that we have some really experienced and loyal staff that have either been in the industry or at Celestron for 15, 25, 35 years or longer and you get a sense of how deep this hobby runs for our team. Some folks at Celestron are the world experts at their particular trade or area of expertise. There’s never a dull moment.
Houston, we have a problem. Do you ever feel like you came from a different planet? Well, maybe you did! In honor of World Space Week, we put together this quiz to determine which planet you are from based on your personality. Are you quiet like the moon, free-spirited like Jupiter, imaginative like Neptune, or adventurous like Mercury? Let’s take a journey through space to rediscover which planet you should be calling home.
Back in 2013, Alexander Hayes, a scientist on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, reached out to us about making a MOVA Globe version on one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, as a gift to his graduate school advisors. What started as a unique gift turned into one of our most intriguing and different MOVA Globe designs. We wanted to let Mr. Hayes answer the most common questions we get asked about this fascinating celestial body.
Our universe is what you would call an “open book” – limitless possibilities, open to interpretation, and never closed to new discoveries. Our planet Earth and solar system are merely tiny, tiny blips on the radar yet many of us may not know the significance of the thousands of space discoveries ever recorded. World Space Week 2015, from October 4th to October 10th, celebrates the contribution of science and technology to our better understanding of space and the world we live in. This year’s theme is discovery, which highlights the importance of recent technological innovations that allow us to explore and learn more about our universe. Now, follow along as we showcase a few cool space discoveries you may not have known of:
Just as our understanding of our universe continues to expand, so too does our MOVA Space line of products. As we’ve added celestial objects other than planets to our collection, we’ve received lots of questions about our Vesta MOVA Globe. So we went straight to the source to get you answers. We spoke to Dr. Marc D Rayman, Chief Engineer/Mission Director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who originally reached out to us and gave us the image of Vesta you can see on our MOVA Globe today. Read on to learn more about this fascinating asteroid, the Dawn mission, and what exactly all the colors on the Vesta image mean.