Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2016, the peak mornings is October 21, but, by then, the moon will be in the way.
Joe Randall created this composite shot of the Orionid meteor shower from images taken on October 21, 2014. Thanks, Joe!
Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.
Image via datuopinion.
“I have become citizen number 62 of Asgardia, a new space nation dedicated to expanding peaceful exploration of space for the benefit of humanity.”
Artist’s impression. Image via James Vaughan.
The distant exoplanets known as “hot Jupiters” orbit their stars so tightly that they’re perpetually charbroiled. Plus they keep one face toward their stars.
“We have data coming back that allow us to fully understand the steps that did occur, and why the soft landing did not occur.” Meanwhile, the orbiter is A-OK.
A sudden safe mode halted planned data collection during the spacecraft’s perijove – or closest point to Jupiter – on October 19. Next perijove December 11.
A citizen scientist (Alex Mai) created this image of the sunlit part of Jupiter and its swirling atmosphere using data from Juno's JunoCam
instrument. Image via NASA/JPL
Small Magellanic Cloud resembles a luminous cloud, but it’s really a dwarf galaxy, orbiting our Milky Way. Here’s how to see it, from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.
Image via NASA.
Look here for information about all the major meteor showers between now and the year’s end.
Taken during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower in August - at Mount Rainier National Park - by Matt Dieterich. He calls the photo 'Skyfall.'
The discovery of the fossil vocal organ of an ancient Antarctic bird suggests that dinosaurs couldn’t sing, but maybe honked.