Notice the star Deneb here. At well over 1,000 light-years away, this star is one of the most distant we can see with the eye alone. It’s also part of not one, but two famous star patterns. Follow the links inside to learn more.
The month of May 2015 has become the wettest May ever recorded for several cities including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Wichita Falls. Over the past weekend (May 23-24), several areas across Texas and Oklahoma experienced flash flooding that covered parking lots and turned streets into raging rivers. Houses and vehicles were swept away and hundreds of homes were damaged as rivers rose significantly, at times several feet in a matter of minutes. At least three people have died. More details inside.
Recorded live by the doom metal band Hamferð during the March 20, 2015 total eclipse of the sun above the village of Kvívík in the Faroe Islands.
Well known for their intelligence, flexibility and dexterity – as well as their ability to change the color, patterning, and texture of their skin – octopuses are masters of camouflage. New research shows that the skin of an octopus does more. It actually can sense and respond to light directly, without input from the eyes or brain.
May 25, 1961. On this date, President John F. Kennedy gave a stirring speech before a joint session of Congress, in which he declared his intention to focus U.S. efforts on landing humans on the moon within a decade. His words ignited the work of a decade, in achieving the dream of a moon landing. Among other things, he said:
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.
Full text of Kennedy’s speech inside.
Milky Way on a pedestal, by a photographer who loves it. Details on how Paul Wilson created this image, inside.
Tonight – May 25, 2015 – the moon will be at or near its first quarter phase, and near the star Regulus, as darkness falls. Don’t mistake the dazzling planet Jupiter for Regulus, however. Regulus, though a 1st-magnitude star, pales next to Jupiter. Regulus shines more closely to tonight’s first quarter moon than Jupiter does. Meanwhile, Venus is the brightest object – besides the moon – up after sunset.
Proxima Centauri, one of three stars in the Alpha Centauri system, is our sun’s nearest known neighbor among the stars. It’s 4.22 light-years away.
Looks like screech owls like to snuggle, too.