Mark 'Indy'Kochte

Mark 'Indy'Kochte

Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00am -0400

How MESSENGER Reshaped Our Understanding of The Solar System

Good day, everyone,
I haven't sent much out partly because I have been so so SO busy with the MESSENGER and New Horizons missions that I haven't had much time to do any sky stuff. But as of yesterday the bulk of my MESSENGER duties was brought to a final close as the spacecraft slammed into the surface of Mercury at over 8700 miles/hour. More on that in a moment.
Friday, January 9, 2015 12:00am -0500

The January Sky

Hey, everyone, Mark 'Indy' Kochte here,

So, there are some happenings going on in the night skies this month that you might want to, if only briefly (depending on how cold it is in your neck of the woods), get out to see. Planets, comets, and winter skies - oh my!


Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00am -0500

Stellar Eyes Guide to the Geminid Meteor Shower

Hello everyone, Mark 'Indy' Kochte here,

I just wanted to remind you about the Geminid Meteor Shower that is peaking this weekend. Given the holiday craziness, end of year craziness, and general life craziness, I know how quickly things can become lost in the....what was I writing this email about again? Oh, right, meteor shower.


Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:00am -0500

Star Gazing and Rocket Launches will be a Blast This Month!

December will close 2014 with a plethora of exciting space launches and sky watching events. Friend, Mark 'Indy" Kochte is currently working on the MESSENGER mission and stays up to date with the happenings with space exploration and night sky watching. Below he breaks down all of the amazing events happening this month.