By mid-July, Jupiter is gone. As darkness falls, Mars and star Spica are closest together for 2014, with Saturn nearby. Venus and Mercury east before dawn.
There’s a supermoon this weekend, and many will tell you that you can’t discern its extra large size with just your eye. Daniel Fischer in Königswinter, Germany says that’s not true.
The moon (and sun) creates the tides. An extra-close full moon creates higher tides. But this same gravitational effect doesn’t extend to humans.
You’ll love this spectacular timelapse of the summer night sky over Utah.
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a chain of star clusters resembling a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls winding around the cores of the galaxies.
That bright meteor over Australia – seen by many – was likely the reentry of the upper state of a Soyuz rocket, launched two days earlier. Video here.
The IAU is inviting all of us to help name exoplanets – distant planets outside our solar system – and their stars. Cool, yes?
They’re about to become genetic models for astronauts, to help explore the long-term effects of space flight and deep space travel.
We live in a universe that loves extremes.
Here is the famous Pillars of Creation photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s one of the features within the Eagle Nebula.