North and South Taurid meteor showers happen simultaneously in late October and November. They’re relatively minor showers, but produce a high percentage of fireballs, or bright meteors.
| Jeff Dai in Tibet captured this Taurid fireball on November 10, 2015. He wrote: "The Taurid fireball make a beautiful reflections on the Yamdrok Lake."
Uranus – most distant planet visible, barely, to the unaided eye – was opposite the sun this week. Photos from the EarthSky community here.
Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.
Image via datuopinion.
Friday’s is the last of 3 spacewalks by International Space Station astronauts this month.
Astronaut Mark Vande Hei is pictured attached to the outside of the space station during a spacewalk on October 10, 2017. Image via NASA.
They work together, talk to each other and use tools. A new study links the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their brains.
Image via University of Manchester.
NASA aims to have humans on Mars by the 2030s. The people making the long space journey will experience health risks they’ve never faced before.
NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010. Image via NASA.
No new large planet on the outskirts of our solar system has yet been discovered, although evidence is building, astronomers say. By the way, if Planet 9 does exist … it’s definitely not headed our way.
Artist's concept of an unknown large planet, far from its sun, via NASA.
If you understand how a trampoline works, you’ll be able to understand what gravitational waves are.
Trampolines: fun and educational. Image via cotrim/pixabay.
On Monday, LIGO and Virgo announced the 1st detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars, and 1st observed in both gravitational waves and light. “It ushers in a new era in astronomy.”
Artist’s concept of the explosive collision of two neutron stars. Illustration by Robin Dienel courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science.