Cloud cover doesn’t dampen spirits of Jupiter eclipse fans


Cloud cover made Monday’s the eclipse tough to see at Juno Beach Pier, but dozens showed up (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Sharing eclipse safety glasses, grilling chicken and generally just having a blast at the waterfront, several hundred lunar watchers gathered at DuBois Park on Monday afternoon for the rare celestial event.

Read full coverage in The Palm Beach Post.

“It’s so great to see so many people in the same place getting along. We need more of this right now in this country,” said Joey Huempfner, a Realtor from Jupiter.

Meanwhile, dozens of sky watchers started gathering about a half-hour before the 2:56 p.m. Monday maximum coverage by the moon of the sun. Scattered clouds blocked the view of the sun at the 1,000-foot Juno Beach Pier, but many stayed to watch.

“I like the fact we’re dealing with scientific certainty. With all the craziness in the world, science gives us something we can depend on,” said Dan Thayer, a former biologist with the South Florida Water Management District who lives in Jupiter.

Many watchers, such as Gabi Israelsen visting from Utah, made their own box cameras to view the eclipse.

“It’s not hard. It took me about 15 minutes,” said the University of Utah English major, showing how she cut away the cardboard top a Cocoa Pebbles cereal box and replaced it with tin foil. Poke a hole in the tin foil and it’s done.


Joey Heumpfner looks at the eclipse Monday through his hand-made box camera. “The smaller the whole in the tin foil, the sharper the image,” the Jupiter resident said. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The parking lot at DuBois Park in Jupiter was full and had to be closed about 1:45 p.m., police said.

Watching as the sun reached its maximum 80 percent coverage, many marveled how it suddenly appeared dusk was approaching.

“It got cooler. The breeze came up. I was amazed watching through my glasses how much of the sun disappeared. The whole thing was so much more exciting than I thought,” said Teresa Ross from Tequesta.


The parking lot was full at DuBois Park at about 1:45 p.m. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Watch today’s SpaceX launch from this great spot in Jupiter


Monday’s mission will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Dragon vehicle to the space station loaded with more than 6,000-pounds of supplies and experiments.

A great place to watch today’s SpaceX launch scheduled for 12:31 p.m. today is the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.

Look northwest.

See Kim Miller’s complete story in The Palm Beach Post.

NASA gives a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions at liftoff.

NASA TV live coverage of launch operations begins at noon, EDT.

SpaceX is set to embark on its 12th mission to resupply the International Space Station today from Kennedy Space Center.

The launch is scheduled for 12:31 p.m. from the center’s historic pad 39A, which was the site of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch that took humans to the moon in 1969.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.


Juno Beach Pier is a great place to watch tonight’s rocket launch


Looking for a local spot to view tonight’s rocket launch of the Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center?

North County residents can head to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.

The launch window for tonight is scheduled to begin at 7:37 p.m. Eastern time.

The rocket will be carrying an Intelsat satellite, intended to enhance communications in Caribbean, trans-Europe and African markets.

Skies are supposed to be mostly clear and free of rain at Kennedy Space Center, according to the National Weather Service forecast.


Juno Beach Fishing Pier is about 990 feet long. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)


STAR WARS night is Saturday in Jupiter’s Abacoa!


(Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Roger Dean Stadium is hosting STAR WARS night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

STAR WARS characters will be there at the ballpark. Fireworks are planned.

And, by the way, a baseball game is planned between the St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals.


Check out the stars Saturday night at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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Star gazing is planned Saturday, March 18 starting at 7 p.m. at Jonathan Dickinson State Park’s Kitching Creek Pavilion.

Hi-Tech Telescopes will be provided by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Astronomers will be onsite to explain and answer questions.

Burrito Bros is scheduled to cater a BBQ starting at 6:30, featuring a bon-fire with s’mores, music, and other kid’s activities

Those attending can bring their own telescopes.

Special projects will be set up for young astronomers.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

For more information or to register, call 561-313-7250 or click here.


Friends Members:

Adult $20.   Kids 11 – 6 $12   5 & under Free.

Members Family $ 55 (2 adults & up to 2 kids 11-6)


Adult $ 25  Kids 11 – 6  $14  Kids 5 & under Free.



Who are those little astronauts at Honda Classic?


(Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Who are those tiny space-age guys scattered around the grounds of the Honda Classic?

Here’s the story:

NASA tries again tonight to launch rocket


NASA tries again tonight – Launch is planned for 7:42 p.m.

Many north county residents are likely to be on the beach tonight, looking up at about 7:30 p.m.

They be searching the lower north skies, hopefully to view the SBIRS [short for Space Based Infrared System] rocket that  is planned to blast off tonight at 7:42 p.m. from Cape Canaveral.

You can watch the liftoff directly here:

The launch window is about 40 minutes.

The launch was scrubbed Thursday night because of sensor problem.

If you get a great photo, say from on a boat, the Juno Beach Fishing Pier, from the Jupiter Inlet or near the Jupiter Lighthouse, forward it here.

We’ll post.