Saturday, April 13, 2013
Accuweather predicts a solar flare could create Northern Lights effect from the Arctic to New Jersey.
The chance to marvel at streams of color in the sky should be possible Saturday evening over New Jersey. A solar flare could create a Northern Lights display Saturday, according to a report by Accuweather. Accuweather's astronomy report includes a graphic of the United States showing that the occurence of the Northern Lights, also called an aurora, could best be visible over New Jersey and DelMarva. A cloudless Saturday sky over New Jersey would improve viewing conditions, where as the rest of the nation is predicted to have cloudy skies impacting the view. NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon in a Facebook update suggests the chance of the Northern Lights being visible here is real, but small. __________ On a related note, the new observatory …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Jupiter, the moon and binary stars will be visible.
After a couple recent cancellations due to overcast skies, the Ocean City High School observatory will be open to the public again on Friday. Anybody is invited to visit the observatory from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 22 to get a telescopic glimpse of Jupiter and its mini-solar system of moons and the waxing gibbous moon. A few selected double and binary stars also will be visible. Friday night's forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a low around 29 degrees, but any cancellation of the Friday observations due to weather conditions will be posted on the district website by 6 p.m. Later in April, the planet Saturn will enter the evening sky over Ocean City. "The rings are absolutely spectacular to view through our telescope," …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Weather permitting, the new observatory at Ocean City High School will be open 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 11.
The public is invited to catch a glimpse of the comet PannStarrs through the lenses of the new observatory at Ocean City High School from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. The forecast calls for a cloudy evening with a chance of showers after 2 a.m. (Tuesday). Any cancellation of the Monday observations will be posted on the district website by 6:45 p.m. The special astronomical event will be visible low in the western sky after sunset, according to Astronomy teacher Dr. John Herrmann. In addition to the comet, people can observe Jupiter and its mini-solar system of moons, the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, and other celestial gems of a moonless firmament. The observatory is located behind Ocean City High School near Carey Stadium. …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Anybody is invited to get a telescopic glimpse of stars and planets.
The Ocean City High School observatory will be open to the public 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Friday (March 1) for the viewing of Jupiter, Orion and Gemini. The forecast calls for a mostly sunny day on Friday, but clouds are expected to move in for Friday night (with a low temperature of 29 degrees). Any cancellation of the Friday observations will be posted on the district website by 5 p.m. The observatory is located behind Ocean City High School near Carey Stadium. People who attend are asked to enter the observatory from the beach block of Fifth Street. There is no fee to the public. Astronomy teacher Dr. John Herrmann will be on hand to guide new stargazers. The new observatory was dedicated in September on city property adjacent to Ocean …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The telescope at Ocean City High School opened to the public for the first time on Friday and will be open again on Friday, Jan. 25.
The public got its first glimpse of the heavens through the telescopic lenses of the new observatory at Ocean City High School on Friday, Jan. 18. A cold and clear night made for ideal conditions as astronomy teacher Dr. John Herrmann helped a small number of visitors find features of the moon and the planet Jupiter. The new observatory was dedicated in September on city property adjacent to Ocean City High School. The private, nonprofit Ocean City Education Foundation and the Ocean City Free Public Library donated money to create the unique educational resource at the high school. The observatory will be open to the public again next Friday (Jan. 25) from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Any cancellation of the Friday observations (due to the weather…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Get a close-up glimpse of the heavens at the new facility.
The public will get a chance to use the new astronomical observatory at Ocean City High School on Friday, Jan. 18. The observatory will be open from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. and provide telescopic views of the moon, Jupiter and celestial bodies. The observatory had been scheduled to open to the public during Ocean City's First Night celebration on New Year's Eve, but with overcast skies, the event was cancelled. Friday's forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a low of 23 degrees. Any cancellation of the Friday observations will be posted on the district website by 5 p.m. The observatory is located behind Ocean City High School near Carey Stadium. People who attend are asked to enter the observatory from the beach block of Fifth Street. "…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Board honors two AP National Scholars, a state-championship field hockey team and a host of volunteers who helped build a new rain garden and observatory.
Before its public reorganization meeting on Thursday, the Ocean City Board of Education and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor paused to recognize scholars, athletes and a large handful of community members who helped bring two projects to fruition: a new rain garden in the courtyard of the Ocean City Intermediate School and a new observatory adjacent to Ocean City High School. Taylor made presentations honoring two Advanced Placement National Scholars, the state-championship field hockey team and the volunteers who made the rain garden and observatory possible. AP NATIONAL SCHOLARS Class of 2012 Valedictorian Sarah Ford and Salutatorian Matt Caulfield were named AP National Scholars. They qualified for the honor by taking at least eight …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
People can view the planets and stars from the new facility near Ocean City High School.
The public will get a chance to use the new astronomical observatory at Ocean City High School during the city's First Night festivities on Dec. 31. Astronomy teacher Dr. John Herrmann, his wife and Science Club members will guide participants in telescope observations and photography of Jupiter and its moons, the wonders of the winter sky and the waning gibbous moon. The small observatory will be open on a first-come, first-served bases between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 31, weather permitting. "Many residents have been taking fabulous photos of the moon with their smartphones — that is all they need this time," Herrmann said. "My wife and I will be hosting the show — should be great fun and a new activity for our city." First Night is Ocean…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The public is invited to a 6:15 p.m. ribbon-cutting on Sept. 28.
The public is invited to a brief ceremony 6:15 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28) for the ribbon-cutting at a new observatory on city property adjacent to Ocean City High School. Attendees will be able to take a tour of the new facility, which is a joint project of the Ocean City Education Foundation, Ocean City School District and the Ocean City Free Public Library. Ocean City students, residents and visitors can now view the night sky through the lenses of a university-style observatory. The observatory will eventually be open for many potential uses: astronomy clubs, lectures, lunar and solar events and First Night activities, for instance. A sun dial donated by the Ocean City High School Class of 1926 will be mounted near the new observatory. …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Contract negotiations, facilities projects, expanded School Choice and more.
The Ocean City Board of Education honored students and retirees at its public meeting on Wednesday, but here are five other things from the meeting that might be of interest: