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.
Next up … the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in late July and early August. It overlaps with the famous Perseid meteor shower, peaking on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13, 2015. It’s going to be a wonderful year for the Perseids! Make your campsite reservations now. Follow the links below to learn what to expect for meteor showers during the rest of 2015.
Do you – and your dog – have astraphobia?
The Earth goes between the sun and Saturn on the night of May 22-23, making this Saturn’s special day. Astronomers call this an opposition of Saturn. In other words, Saturn is opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. As a consequence, Saturn rises in the east at sunset, climbs highest up for the night at midnight and sets in the west at sunrise. It is visible all night, closest and brightest for this year.
NASA said today (May 21, 2015) that its WISE mission has discovered a remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns. That makes this galaxy the most luminous one found to date.
Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected, intriguing facts about the stars of our universe – including our sun – that you probably didn’t know!
When you discover a new dinosaur species, you get to name it. Steven Jasinski has just named a brand new dinosaur species Saurornitholestes sullivani. This new dinosaur is thought to be related to Velociraptor, the fleet-footed dinosaur villain of the Jurassic Park franchise. Like the creatures portrayed in the movies, the newly named species likely was agile and fast. Plus it had something else: a keen sense of smell. Jasinski says it would have been a fierce predator.