KETR

Dr. Kent Montgomery

NASA

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says the rover on the Mars 2020 mission will include 23 tiny, high-def cameras, meaning the number and quality of pictures we will see will be far greater and better than before.  We will see nearly live (slightly delayed) images as the spacecraft hurtles toward Mars.  The mission will launch in 2019.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, discusses a recent interstellar visitor to the solar system, an asteroid from another star.  It may be the first object from the orbit of another star to enter the domain of the Earth's sun.  And it may have been traveling for millions of years.

NASA

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says Voyager I  has left the solar system, soon to be followed by Voyager II.  Voyager I was launched in 1977, so NASA has received 40 years of data and photos from the spacecraft, much more than expected.  Dr. Montgomery says Voyager II has provided the only close up pictures of Uranus and Neptune.

NASA

The director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the solar eclipse Monday (August 21) will be the first seen in the continental U.S. since 1979.  Dr. Montgomery says the eclipse will be about 80 percent viewable in Hunt County, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.  The nearest place to Texas to view the eclipse in its entirety is Missouri or Nebraska.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, recently took a group of astronomy students to Great Britain, where among other sites, they visited the Royal Observatory and viewed an exhibition of the best astronomy photos of 2017.  With the total solar eclipse coming up August 21, Dr.

Aggies Invent

The director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, considers an article in Astronomy magazine on the efforts to send people to Mars.  NASA plans to land a crew on Mars in 2030 and the private company Space X even sooner, in 2024.  In fact, six companies are designing prototypes of habitats for living on Mars that are scheduled for completion next year.  Dr.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

The director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses some of the topics at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting held in Grapevine, including the hypotheses of a "Planet 9" existing in the outer reaches of our solar system, and the origin of "fast radio bursts" that have been detected from deep in outer space.

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, discusses exoplanets, any planets that exist outside of our solar system.  A recent Irish Times article with astronomer Dr. Niall Smith of the Cork Institute says there may be trillions of exoplanets in the universe. Dr.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Summer nights are great for star gazing, and Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, comments on an article citing the top six astronomical events of the summer.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce astronomy professor and director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, reflects on news that astronomers in Australia have detected "in the act" a mysterious "fast radio burst" coming from deep in space.  It was the 17th such FRB detected but the first recorded as it was happening in real time.

Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons
Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor of astronomy and the director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, says the announcement last week that scientists have detected gravitational waves hypothesized by Albert Einstein 100 years ago represents a major leap forward in astronomy.  He says being able to detect the waves will contribute to our understanding of the beginnings of the universe.

Independent.co.uk
Independent.co.uk

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor and director of the Planetarium at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says he is skeptical of research published by two Cal Tech professors that posits the existence of "Planet 9" on the distant outskirts of our solar system.  Dr.

popsci.com
popsci.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the new photos of Pluto from the New Horizons mission will give us new clues to the origin of the Universe.  Dr. Montgomery says Pluto is no longer consider a planet because if it was, many other bodies would have to be considered planets, too.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses the 1977 event when the "Big Ear" radio telescope in Ohio picked up the strongest ever signal from an unknown source in space, lasting more than 70 seconds.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor of astronomy and director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, says a total lunar eclipse occurs between 4 and 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, and those who'd like to get a good view of it are welcome at the A&M-Commerce observatory on County Road 4208, just east of Highway 50, south of Commerce.  Also, current Friday night shows at the Planetarium are "Exploding Universe" and "Perfect Little Planet."

Pages