Dr. Wayne Wooten

Wayne Wooten: September Skies Of The Gulf Coast

Aug 31, 2019

For September 2019, the moon will be first quarter on September 2, just to the west of Jupiter.  Two days later the waxing gibbous moon is just west of Saturn.  The full moon, the Harvest Moon, is on September 14.  The Autumnal Equinox begins fall at 2:50 a.m. on September 23.  The last quarter moon is on September 21 and the new moon on September 28.

Wayne Wooten: July Skies Of The Gulf Coast

Jun 28, 2019
Kay Forrest

For July 2019, the new moon occurs on July 2. On the 3rd, the very young crescent lies below the planets Mars and Mercury in twilight, about 40 minutes after sunset, use binoculars. The next evening, the waxing crescent is to the upper left of the planets; Mars is fainter, to the right, and brighter Mercury to the left.

Skies For The Gulf Coast

Apr 10, 2019

For April 2019, the waning crescent moon will be just south of Venus in the dawn an hour before sunrise on April 1.  The next morning, it will be below Venus and south of fainter Mercury 30 minutes before dawn.  Binoculars will help spot elusive Mercury.  The New moon is April 5, with the waxing crescent moon south of the Pleaides and Mars on the evening of April 8.  The Full Moon, the Paschal Moon following the Vernal Equinox, is on April 19, and sets the following Sunday, April 21, as the date for Easter this year.  On April 23, the Waning gibbous moon is close to Jupiter in the morning s

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After months of anticipation, the first total solar eclipse across the United States in almost four decades did not disappoint – even in areas with some cloud cover, such as Pensacola.

Hundreds gathered at the Planetarium at Pensacola State College to view something nobody in this country had seen since 1979.The moon began moving across the sun just after noon, with peak coverage roughly 82 percent at 1:37 p.m.

Retired PSC astronomer Wayne Wooten had a selection of telescopes on hand, including one antique model that dates back to the start of the Apollo space program.

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Americans across all 50 United States will get a treat from Mother Nature on Monday -- the first total solar eclipse visible nationwide in 38 years.

While the entire nation will experience some level of eclipse, the path of the “umbra” – where the eclipse is total – will be only about 100 miles wide and stretch from Oregon to South Carolina.

“We’re about 400 miles south of the center line, where they’ll see totality,” said Dr. Wayne Wooten, an astronomer who recently retired from Pensacola State College.

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Are we alone in the universe?  The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 and its seven Earth-like planets could be moving the needle on the answer.

The TRAPPIST-1 star system is relatively close to our solar system, about 40 light years, or 235 trillion miles, away in the constellation Aquarius. And, because they are not in our celestial neighborhood, they’re called “exoplanets.”

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Five years and 540 million miles after launch, the solar-powered spacecraft Juno has reached Jupiter.
It took 48 minutes for Juno’s radio signal to reach Earth. But despite concerns over electronic-frying radiation and potentially damaging debris in the planet’s ring, it safely reduced speed and slid into orbit late Monday.
“Juno, the wife of Jupiter, was always looking for what paramours and other secrets,” said Wayne Wooten, an astronomer at Pensacola State College. “That’s what Juno is going to be probing for – Jupiter’s deeply-hidden secrets.”