Tonight – or any night in late May 2016 – start watching for the ringed planet Saturn, which is found near the planet Mars and the star Antares. Saturn comes closest to Earth for the year on Friday, June 3 – only four days after Mars’ closest approach to Earth on Monday, May 30. It’s coming up fairly early in the evening now, and its best time to be observed in all of 2016 is nearly upon us.
The last quarter moon comes on May 29, 2016 at 12:12 UTC. A last quarter moon looks half-illuminated. It rises around midnight, appears at its highest in the sky at dawn, and sets around noon.
The Rosetta spacecraft has identified the chemical elements glycine and phosphorus in the dusty halo around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Scientists say the discovery is “the first unambiguous detection of glycine at a comet” and provides further evidence supporting the theory that the building blocks for life came to Earth from outer space.
What if if dark matter consisted of a population of black holes similar to those detected by LIGO last year? A new study analyzes this possibility.
Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how these monster black holes are born.
Ever wonder how hurricanes get their names? And why do hurricanes have names at all? For one thing, meteorologists long ago learned that naming tropical storms and hurricanes helps people remember the storms. Find out more, plus hurricane names for 2016, inside.
A monstrous vortex sits at Saturn’s south pole. It’s not just beautiful. It also lets astronomers peer deep into Saturn’s dense atmosphere.
The most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015.
Enjoy the January 29, 2016 last quarter moon! And know that the Earth and moon are like mirrors to each other in that – when we see a last quarter moon in our sky – those on the moon would see a first quarter Earth.
Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night? Remember that the moon is a world in space with a day side and a night side.