Watch the Leonid Meteor Shower 11/17/2014 ONLINE

from NASA 

“We’re predicting 10 to 15 meteors per hour,” says Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  “For best viewing, wait until after midnight on Nov. 18, with the peak of the shower occurring just before sunrise.”

Cooke also recommends going to a location away from city lights, dressing warmly, and lie flat on your back and look straight up. No special viewing equipment needed —  just your eyes.

Leonids are bits of debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years the comet visits the inner solar system and leaves a stream of dusty debris in its wake. Many of these streams have drifted across the November portion of Earth’s orbit. Whenever our planet hits one, meteors appear to be flying out of the constellation Leo.

A live viewing opportunity is available via Ustream from a telescope at Marshall Space Flight Center. The Ustream feed will be live beginning Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST here and will continue until sunrise on Tuesday Nov. 18.


Leonid Meteor Shower 2014  Event starts Mon Nov, 17 2014 8:00 PM EST

Also according to the Huffington Post “For skywatchers who will be unable to watch the show in person, Slooh Space Camera will live-stream the shower starting at 8 p.m. EST — check it out below.

Join E-Corps to watch the meteors in December!


Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont – Our Naturalist’s sanctuary.

Intro to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont – YouTube.


If you have not been to the Great Smoky Mountains my grandmother would tell you “this is a place where you see the hand of God at work”.

As a native, Tennessean our naturalist was born and raised visiting these mountains.  She went to Tremont in Sixth grade with her elementary school and return a couple of decades later to get her Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certificate.


Ya know you got the Science bug when…


 you see this amazing photo and look at the Bear paw anatomy,AND instead of the fact he is waving.  No it’s not twisted just built for bear jobs.

Any climbers covet the mitts on this dude?

America’s Great Outdoors, From all of us at the Department of the Interior….

Solar Flares the Ultimate light show!

NOW Showing a Solar Flares cause Light show.

  In general, you are more likely to see an aurora if you are at a high latitude, i.e. closer to the north (or south) pole. However, there is a catch to this. The earth’s magnetic poles are not exactly in line with the geographic poles, so the latitude of interest would really be the magnetic latitude. Note that it is not necessary for the equatorward boundary of the aurora to reach all the way down to your magnetic latitude for you to see it.  The aurora is easily visible even when its boundary is 4 or 5 degrees poleward of your location.  So, how do you know what your magnetic latitude is? click here to learn more. Realtime Image Gallery.

Get the science behind the solar storm here

Please Take a Picture for us (&share) if you are up north with clear skies!