Technically speaking, Mercury and Venus will not have a conjunction this month. However, these two worlds will be staging a quasi-conjunction over the next several mornings. A quasi-conjunction is said to take place whenever two planets come to within 5o of each other on the sky’s dome, yet do not align north and south of one another.
Is this cool or what? Time-lapse video from International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake.
Rocky planets orbiting other stars have interiors similar to Earth’s, with a thin outer crust, thick mantle, and Mars-sized core, says a new study.
The science world is buzzing with rumors about the pending announcement by LIGO – the leading ground-based observatory for the detection of gravitational waves – coming up on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Virtually everyone believes LIGO will announce it has found and confirmed gravitational waves at last, and, if so, few doubt that the discovery will be worth a Nobel Prize.
February evenings are a grand time to see the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. It’s also fun to spot Sirius as it ascends in the east before dawn on August mornings. Whenever you see Sirius, you’ll recognize it easily because it is our sky’s brightest star.
Characterized as a peculiar galaxy, NGC 1487 is an elaborate cosmic whirl likely formed when several dwarf galaxies merged.
Scientists are traveling to Tibet this summer to explore places that might be possible earthly analogs to regions on Mars once suitable for life.
A photo from China of the three Belt stars of Orion the Hunter and a short discussion of these stars in Chinese tradition … just in time for the Chinese New Year celebration going on this week across Asia.
Look for the bright star Rigel below Orion’s Belt stars. If this star were as close as our sun, it would outshine the sun by 40,000 times!
Several recent events suggest that a set of glacier-covered volcanoes in the southern Chilean region of Bío-Bío may be likely to erupt.