New Horizons will perform four maneuvers in October and November to aim toward 2014 MU69 – nicknamed PT1 (for Potential Target 1) – aiming for a January 1, 2019 encounter.
The moon reaches perigee – nearest point to Earth in its orbit – on August 30, 2015 at 15:24 UTC. This perigee comes less than one day after the moon reached the crest of its full phase on August 29 at 18:35 UTC.
Supermoon weekend! The full moon of August 29, 2015 will be the first of this year’s three full supermoons. It’s a full moon near perigee, or near its closest point to Earth for the month. Like it or not, modern skylore dictates that these sorts of moons are called supermoons.
Biologists working in Panama and Peru have discovered a nocturnal hunting spider that can steer while falling to return to the tree from which it fell. Watch it glide!
Scientists at Kobe University in Japan this week announced results of a study showing that Saturn’s F ring and its shepherd satellites are natural by-products of the final stage of formation of Saturn’s satellites. The F ring is the outermost of Saturn’s rings. It is perhaps the most active ring in our solar system, with features changing on a timescale of hours.
How is climate change connected to sea level rise? One-minute video explains.
Enjoying the Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres? Welcome to HAMO (High Altitude Mapping Orbit). Dawn has now moved to within about 900 miles (1,500 km) from Ceres. This phase of the mission has just begun and promises to reveal even more about this little world. Here are some early images from that closer orbit.
Our efficient killing technologies have given rise to the human super predator. Our impacts are as extreme as our behavior, says study.
More than 90 years after California’s last wolf was killed, a pack has been observed near Mt. Shasta. Are the mountain’s glaciers a reason the wolves chose this location?
In North America, we often call the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon or Grain Moon. Tonight – August 29, 2015 – if you’re in this hemisphere, it’s a super Sturgeon Moon you’ll see.