The moon has gotten really large and bright in the sky. Full moon – closest supermoon this year – comes on August 10. Luckily, the Perseids produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower.
It’s rare to have 7 eclipses in a calendar year. It’s less rare to have 7 eclipses in 365 days. There are 7 eclipses in 365 days 29 times in the 21st century!
August 10 supermoon is the closest full moon for 2014. It might look super big seen near a horizon. But all horizon moons look big, due to the moon illusion.
Which is brighter – Perseid fireballs or a supermoon? You’ll find out as the year’s biggest, brightest full moon arrives as Perseid meteor shower starts to peak.
The August 10, 2014 is the closest, brightest supermoon of this year.
Astronomers used Hubble Space Telescope images to spot a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.
Uranus – the sideways planet – has a weird spin and the strangest seasons of any of our solar system’s planets. Astronomers called this week’s storms “surprising.”
Look here for a fascinating history in pictures and words of the Rosetta spacecraft’s historic approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
This face-on spiral galaxy – aka M33 – is the second-closest spiral to our Milky Way at 3 million light-years away. Check out this new, beautifully detailed image.
Zoom in to the Milky Way’s center until you see a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.