Popular astronomy website and nation’s largest federation of astronomy clubs have joined forces to to bring the night sky’s wonder, beauty, and mystery to the public.
Artist’s concept of first-ever earthly space probe to impact a comet’s surface. Learn more about this mission, and see an actual image of the impact itself, inside this post.
The newest video from AsapSCIENCE is for dog lovers. That is, for everyone!
Blue Moon coming! As seen in the photo above by Patrick Casaert, the moon has been waxing to full this week. Patrick used a blue filter to create his moon photo, and if you see the moon in tonight’s sky, you’ll see it’s nearly full … but not at all blue in color. Yet, as the second full moon for the month of July, many will call it a Blue Moon.
A new report published in The Lancet finds that “tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.”
The brown dwarf LSR J1835+3259 has now been found to have a powerful aurora, the first aurora seen beyond our solar system and the most powerful aurora ever seen. This aurora is 10,000 times more powerful than any astronomers have witnessed before.
Discovery of largest-ever winged dino in China, from 125 million years ago. It was sleek and birdlike with feathers on its arms and torso, but it could not fly.
Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting high above our heads. The clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals, which both refract (split) and also reflect sunlight. Read more about this photo, inside.
Orion the Hunter appears each Northern Hemisphere winter as a mighty constellation arcing across the south during the evening hours. But, before dawn in late July and early August, you can spot Orion in the east. Thus Orion has been called “the ghost of the shimmering summer dawn.” The Hunter rises on his side, with his three Belt stars – Mintaka, Alnitak and Alnilam – pointing straight up.
NASA’s Dawn mission to Ceres today released some colorful new maps of the dwarf planet, showcasing a diverse topography, with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles (15 km). Dawn is now making its way to its third mapping orbit, and results are coming out of the mission, but still no confirmation on the mysterious bright spots on Ceres. However, the crater that contains them now has a name.