The site on Mars is called Old Soaker. It seems to have cracks, as in a dry lake bed. These may be Curiosity’s 1st confirmed mud cracks. If so, they’re keys to understanding an ancient, warmer, wetter Mars.
“Old Soaker” is imaged by Curiosity’s Mastcam Right camera on Sol 1568, January 3, 2017.
Elnath, the 2nd-brightest star in Taurus, is the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space directly opposite of our Milky Way’s center.
Elnath represents the Bull's Northern Horn.
Both young and established filmmakers are invited to use real sound recorded in space in a new competition launched by Queen Mary University of London. Details here.
Image via NASA
The New Horizons team will be discussing the historic Pluto encounter and the spacecraft’s next target in the Kuiper Belt – live on Facebook – beginning at at 4 p.m. EST (21:00 UTC).
Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
A photographer in St. Paul, Minnesota captured this mesmerizing footage of soap bubbles freezing. It looks like time-lapse but it’s actually in real time!
A last quarter moon rises around midnight. It appears half illuminated from Earth. The exact last quarter phase will come on January 19, 2017 at 22:13 UTC.
The moon was almost exactly at last quarter when Jenney Disimon in Sabah, North Borneo captured this photo on July 27, 2016 (5:30 a.m. local time, or July 26 at 21:30 UTC).
The V-shaped Hyades star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull. The cluster is easy to spot in the evening sky in January.
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered doomed, wayward comets plunging into the star HD 172555.
Image via Hubblesite, NASA, ESA, and A. Feild and G. Bacon (STScI).
Dates of all solar and lunar eclipses this year, plus a preview of the great American total solar eclipse of 2017.