2016’s September equinox arrives on the 22nd. Happy autumn (or spring)!
Autumn is connected in Chinese thought with the direction west, considered to be the direction of dreams and visions.
Meet Michael Faraday, the man behind the electric motor and theory of electromagnetism.
Michael Faraday via 5minutebiographies.
Looking for something to do on the weekends? At star parties, amateur astronomers with telescopes will show you the night sky. Find one near you …
Standard cosmology calls for many more dwarf galaxies than we see. A new computer simulation suggests we might not need so many dwarf galaxies, after all.
Andrew Wetzel’s simulation shows stars in the Milky Way-like galaxy on the left and the same region’s dark matter on the right. Image is provided courtesy of Andrew Wetzel. Via Carnegie Science.
Fomalhaut is sometimes called the Loneliest Star. Its planet, Fomalhaut b, was the first planet beyond our solar system to be visible to the human eye.
This image shows the debris ring around Fomalhaut and the location of its first known planet. This is the actual discovery image, published in the journal Science in November, 2008. Fomalhaut b was the first beyond our solar system visible to the eye in photographic images. Image via Hubble Space Telescope.
There were more than a dozen wildfires burning in California, as of September 20.
Image via NASA
Some assume our planet’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. That’s logical, but not the case, for Earth.
Photo via Manish Mamtani Photography
The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.