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Amateur astronomer captures a supernova’s 1st light

Supernovae – exploding stars – are unpredictable. But an amateur astronomer in Argentina happened to catch one just as it began to explode. “It’s like winning the cosmic lottery,” one astronomer said.

Will you see the Humanity Star?

The debate surrounding the Humanity Star. Is it possible to see? Can you see it from your location? How to try to see it, if it’s visible, here.

Green moon on April 20, 2018? Nah

The green moon rumor started in 2016. Now it’s back. It’s a joke, y’all. We’re not going to have a green moon on April 20, 2018. This joke has its roots (ahem) in cannabis culture.

Happy birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus

Why do we love him? Because he broke open the medieval idea of an enclosed, Earth-centered universe and set us on course for a new cosmology.

Copernicus’ revolution and Galileo’s vision, in pictures

It’s not a stretch to say these astronomers fundamentally changed the way we think about our place in the universe. We can gain insights into how this profound shift unfolded by looking at their actual notes.

See it! Partial solar eclipse

View photos of the February 15, 2018 partial solar eclipse, which was visible from South America.

The periodic table song

The complete periodic table of elements … in song! From the guys at AsapSCIENCE, it’s their 2018 version. Enjoy.

Asteroid exploded over Russia February 15, 2013

On February 15, 2013, a small incoming asteroid created a meteor – brighter than the sun – over Russia. It exploded in the air over the city of Chelyabinsk.

Chinese New Year on February 15-16

The 2018 Chinese New Year – which coincides with the February new moon – starts February 16 in Asia (February 15 in the west) and rings in the Year of the Dog.

Happy birthday Galileo!

Happy 454th birthday to one of the first modern scientists, Galileo. With the aid of an early telescope, he helped remove Earth from the center of the universe.