Venus reaches its greatest illuminated extent in the evening sky on December 6, 2013. That means the planet’s daytime side is covering more square area of sky than at any other time during Venus’ present apparition as the “evening star.” And it means that Venus is brighter now than at any other time during this evening apparition.
The discovery of a giant planet orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance has astronomers puzzled over how such a strange system came to be.
The 2013 Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on the night of December 13-14, though the night before (December 12-13) should offer a decent sprinkling of meteors as well. The sky attraction starts at mid-to-late evening and ends at dawn. The meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night. No matter where you live worldwide, look for these meteors to fall most abundantly in the wee hours after midnight, centered on 2 a.m. local time. Follow the links inside to learn more about the Geminid meteor shower in 2013!
Have you ever been outside on a clear night and had the unexpected pleasure of seeing a shooting star go whizzing by? Ever wanted to try and capture a shooting star – also called a meteor – with your camera? In this post, I’ll tell you the equipment you need, and also the steps you should follow, to capture your very own meteor. Follow the links below to learn more about how to shoot photos of meteors, or shooting stars.
A new research study combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioral psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increases of carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans: anxious fish.
The moon is back in the evening sky, sweeping up past the bright planet Venus. And we do mean bright! Venus is at its brightest now for this evening apparition.
Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two supermassive black holes in a remote galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from Earth, circling each other like dance partners.
The first day of winter for the Northern Hemisphere comes on December 21, 2013. However, for Canada and the United States, old man winter has decided to arrive closer to the start of meteorological winter (December 1). Some of the coldest Arctic air we have seen in years is pushing to the south. It is bringing temperatures 30 to 50 degrees below average in parts of the north-central United States. Snow and a significant ice event is likely all the way from parts of North Texas into the Great Lakes and Northeast over the next several days. There will be extremes all across the United States for this first week of December. If you like roller coasters, then you will enjoy this crazy ride.
The winter solstice is the shortest day, but the earliest sunsets come a couple of weeks before the solstice. That’s true for both hemispheres. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere your earliest sunsets will be in early to mid-December. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, your earliest sunrises are coming now.