In March, Comet 252P/LINEAR passed exceedingly near the Earth. These images show the closest celestial object Hubble has observed, other than Earth’s moon.
Monster Nile crocodiles might be Florida’s newest invasive species.
Summertime star parties! We just added many new events to this list of astronomical events throughout the U.S. and Canada. Find one near you, join in and have fun!
A study suggests that 2 large meteorites hit Mars billions of years ago and triggered mega-tsunamis in Martian water oceans.
New research finds the ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa could have the necessary balance of chemicals for life, even without active volcanoes.
Best photos of Mars near the moon this weekend. Plus photos of Mars throughout May, 2016, near the planet Saturn and star Antares. Beautiful!
Tonight – May 23, 2016 – we’re just one day past Mars once-in-26-months opposition. In other words, yesterday Earth flew between Mars and the sun. What a wonderful event! However, 2016’s opposition of Mars – although good – doesn’t bring Mars as close to Earth as the extremely close opposition of 2018. Find out about close and far Martian oppositions, inside…
The May 22 opposition of Mars presents Mars at its closest to Earth in over 10 years, or since the opposition of November 7, 2005. Super-close oppositions of Mars recur in periods of 15 to 17 years. The last super-close Martian opposition happened on August 28, 2003, and the next one will occur on July 27, 2018. Extra-close oppositions happen when we go between Mars and the sun around the time Mars is closest to the sun. Makes sense, right?
Here’s why 2016 is an awesome year for Mars, and why 2018 will be even better.