Observing Program Division Announcement - James Webb Telescope Special Observing Challenge

To commemorate the First Light and First Target of the James Webb Telescope, we are offering a new NASA Observing Challenge Special Award.  Your target is star HD 84406 (the telescopes First Light target).  The image or sketch should be done between June 20 and July 20 and must be submitted electornically by August 20.

For more information go to the website.

Observing Program Division Upcoming Event - Tau Herculids: May 30-31

You may aleady know that the Tau Herculid Meteor Shower this year may bring us a meteor storm.  They are predicting that this will peak near midnight between May 30 and May 31.   At midnight, the radiant will be close to directly overhead, so meteors should be visible before midnight.  Keep in mind that meteor storm forecasting is still a bit of an art, so this is only a prediction.  But if you have never seen a meteor storm, with over 1000 meteors per hour, then it is worth the attempt.

The meteors are remnants left behind by the comet:  73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3