Here’s a star that northern stargazers rarely see. It’s Canopus, and it’s the second brightest star in the entire sky. You won’t see this star from the northern U.S. or similar latitudes. Northern skywatchers who travel south for the winter – or people in latitudes like those in the southern U.S. – enjoy watching this star. For the southern U.S., Canopus appears below Sirius this month in the southern evening sky.
Valentine’s Day morning is one of the last for seeing the two inner planets together as they stoop toward the sun.
UPDATE February 13, 2016. Astronomers haven’t exactly been biting their nails about asteroid 2013 TX68. Although the asteroid’s trajectory is highly uncertain, they’ve never thought the asteroid would hit Earth when it passes closest in early March. The space rock is currently approaching Earth from the sun’s direction. It passes to the night sky between late February and early March. Exciting, yes?
At the heart of galaxy NGC 4889 lurks one of the most massive black holes ever discovered. Astronomers think this giant has stopped feeding and is now resting.
Have you heard of cloud streets? NASA says:
They are long parallel bands of cumulus clouds that form when cold air blows over warmer waters and a warmer air layer (temperature inversion) rests over the top of both.
Today’s Friday FAQ: Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?
Tonight – February 12, 2016 – the waxing crescent moon and planet Uranus, the seventh planet outward from the sun, float in front of the constellation Pisces the Fishes. Although Uranus will remain within Pisces’ borders for the rest of this year, the moon will leave Pisces after a few more days.
After storms and high winds in England, France and Germany this week, a moment of serenity with a crescent moon.
EarthSky News with Deborah Byrd for February 11, 2016. To say that this morning’s announcement of the detection of gravitational waves was momentous is an understatement. At the announcement in Washington D.C. this morning, scientists struggled to find powerful-enough words to convey their excitement.