August is a big transition month – where it starts with the daylight of summer . . .
The sun at the end of August – reminds me of “Dark Helmet” . . .
And ends looking like the Autumnal Equinox. This is significant – especially at the bottom of the sunspot cycle – because two things seem to coincide to help DXers – especially on 40M have some HF DX to work, and that is – with mostly Zero sunspot days, there are theories that gamma rays that can get through with a weak ionosphere have an ionizing effect at VLF – but this is an area that seems to be ripe for new study:
A year ago, Kat and I visited the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT, and we attended an excellent planetarium there and the show discussed deep space study – and the EU Space Agency plans on launching Athena in 2028:
I’m quite excited that we will most likely learn quite a bit from this project, and I will be freshly retired at that time. I also believe that the USA will still be the leaders of all things space and science: