Richard T. Hasbrouck of Truchas, New Mexico send us these amazing photos of lenticular clouds, which he took back in January 2014. He wrote:
Throughout the year dramatic clouds form over the 13,000-foot Truchas Peaks (part of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico). On this particular day (1-3-14), lenticulars developed and evolved as the day went on.
The waxing gibbous moon and the planet Jupiter pop out first thing at nightfall on March 11, as they have these past several nights. But tonight’s moon – always moving eastward in front of the constellations of the Zodiac – is not as close to the planet Jupiter on the sky’s dome tonight as it was last night. And by tomorrow night – March 12 – a fuller waxing gibbous moon will be even farther east of Jupiter.
This artist’s concept shows two proplyds, or protostars, around a massive O-type star. The nearer proplyd is having its planet-forming dust and gas blasted away by the radiation from the star. The farther proplyd is able to retain its planet-making potential. Image credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; B. Saxton
Young stars in the Orion Nebula get their potential planet-forming dust and gas blasted away if they’re near enough to ‘death stars’ – massive O-type stars that emit fierce ultraviolet radiation.
Image credit: NASA/Ozone Hole Watch
Newly-discovered ozone-depleting chemicals are accumulating in the atmosphere despite being banned under an international treaty, research reveals.
Astronomers have figured out how to use the gravity of distant galaxies to bend light and magnify images, forming gigantic telescopes that see deeper into the cosmos than ever before.
If you have heard of the Ides of March, you know you’re supposed to beware them. Why? In ancient Rome, the ides of March were equivalent to our March 15th. You probably know of the Ides of March thanks to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer – or fortune teller – says to Caesar: Beware the Ides of March.
The first two celestial objects to light up the evening sky after sunset on March 10 are the waxing gibbous moon and the glorious planet Jupiter. These shining beauties beam in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins. Despite the moonlit glare, you may also see Gemini’s two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux.
Gemini? Here’s your constellation
Do you have a telescope? If so, try to view Jupiter’s four major moons.
Hydra the Water Snake with the orange star Alphard at its heart. Illustration via Deanspace.
In skylore, the star Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) represents the orange Heart of the Water Snake in the constellation Hydra. For this reason, it is sometimes called Cor Hydrae or Hydra’s Heart. Like so many skywatchers before you, you will grow to love seeing Alphard ascending in the southeast in the early evening in spring. Alphard is located in the front part of the Water Snake, and it’s up when darkness falls by the time of the March equinox.
Live streaming video by Ustream
Millions of people have been watching the live web view of the baby eaglet – named B3 – that hatched February 22, and his two parents, thanks to the bald eagle nest cam from Georgia’s Berry College.
Anthony Wesley in Australia captured this photo of Mars on March 6, 2014.
The best time to see Mars in two years is here. Check out these great telescopic images of the planet and its moons, taken last week.