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Science Wire | May 07, 2016

Watch Mercury inch closer to the sun

Mercury is getting ready to transit the sun on May 9. This video from the SOHO sun-watching camera shows Mercury inching closer to the sun’s disk, day by day.

Science Wire | May 07, 2016

Rare time-lapse of Webb mirror rollover

Inside the world’s largest clean room at Goddard Space Flight Center, the James Webb Space Telescope team lifted and turned the telescope for the first time last week.

Science Wire | May 06, 2016

Give me five minutes and I’ll give you Saturn in 2016

Saturn isn’t as bright as Mars, but it’s near Mars on the sky’s dome. It’ll soon be at its best for the year. Learn how to identify Saturn for the rest of 2016.

The red planet, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: Jim Bell (Cornell University), Justin Maki (JPL), and Mike Wolff (Space Sciences Institute) and NASA
Science Wire | May 06, 2016

Guide to Mars’ opposition on May 22

Earth flies between Mars and sun on May 22, bringing it closer than Mars has been in over a decade. How to find and enjoy Mars during 2016’s close opposition!

Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969
Blogs | This Date in Science | Videos | May 06, 2016

This date in science: Neil Armstrong’s close call

On May 6, 1968 – more than a year before his famous first moonwalk – Neil Armstrong narrowly escaped disaster while training in the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.

Photo Credit: NASA
Science Wire | May 06, 2016

What is the sun’s proper name?

You’ve no doubt heard star names such as Polaris or Betelgeuse. But what about our star? Does the sun have a name, and if so what is it?

Comet Halley's position in May, 2016. The view is from the north side of the solar system, whereby the planets orbit the sun in a counterclockwise direction - but Halley's Comet orbits the sun clockwise. Click here for Comet Halley's present position, or if you'd like, change the date to view its position in any chosen year.
Science Wire | May 05, 2016

Comet Halley, parent of 2 meteor showers

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower was spawned by the famous Comet Halley. But Halley spawned another meteor shower, too.

Science Wire | May 05, 2016

This date in science: First American in space

Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961. His suborbital flight took place just three weeks after the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth once.

Geminid meteor in 2012 by Henry Shaw.
Blogs | Photos | May 04, 2016

How to shoot photos of meteors, or shooting stars

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.

Sunlight glints off of Titan's northern seas this near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho
Science Wire | May 03, 2016

A pure methane sea on Titan

We knew that Saturn’s moon Titan had seas and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons, but their exact composition was unknown until recently.