The names aren’t official. A New Horizons team member explained, “We are working with these data. You can’t just keep on saying, ‘Oh, that canyon up to the left.'”
Found on a brown dwarf some 18 light-years away, this aurora is 10,000 times more powerful than any astronomers have witnessed before.
The Dawn spacecraft is now moving to its third mapping orbit. Nothing new on the bright spots yet, but the crater that contains them has a new name: Occator.
On July 31, the moon becomes full for the second time this month. Modern folklore says the second full moon is a Blue Moon. New video from NASA.
Smaller in width than our Milky Way, their stars are packed 10,000 to a million times more densely than in our sun’s neighborhood. Imagine the night sky!
Latest images from NASA’s July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, showing evidence of an active surface on Pluto with flowing nitrogen ice.
Pluto info at a glance, from our friends at space-facts.com.
The moon was full on July 2, and it’ll be full again on July 31. The second of two full moons in a calendar month is often called a Blue Moon.
Two stars in a double system are not playing nice. One star, a pulsar, has punched a hole in the disk of the other, sending debris outward at 7% of light speed!
With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower. It’ll peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.
The Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone – or zone where liquid water can exist – around a sunlike star.
Astronomers have caught a monster black hole in the act of eating a star. But, they say, stars are not standard fare for black holes.
A second range of ice mountains has been found on Pluto, in images from New Horizons.
Pluto has five known moons, and it’s a bit surprising that New Horizons hasn’t found any new ones yet. Newly released images show small moons Nix and Hydra.
The Rosetta team is hoping that a software patch will help re-establish reliable contact with the little Philae lander, lodged somewhere on the comet’s surface.
Breakthrough Listen initiative, announced Monday, will scan the nearest million stars, plus stars in 100 other galaxies, for signs of an advanced civilization.
Scientific arguments suggest that alien civilizations should be common in our galaxy. If so, where is everybody? That question is known as the Fermi paradox.
Dates of sun’s entry into each zodiacal constellation and the corresponding ecliptic longitude (sun’s position in degrees, east of the March equinox point).
Today is the 46th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. The story in pictures, here.
SG Collins explains why the Apollo moon landings on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s could not have been faked.
Latest image release from New Horizons team shows Pluto’s moon Charon a strange mountain rising out of a depression. They’re calling it a “mountain in a moat.”