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Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Aug 11, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

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.

Photo credit: Oliver Floyd
FAQs | Aug 11, 2014

How often do 7 eclipses occur in 365 days?

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!

Full moon photo via Lee Capps.
Science Wire | Aug 10, 2014

Video: Why does the moon look so big on the horizon?

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.

Via NASA
Science Wire | Aug 10, 2014

Perseid meteors versus the supermoon

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.

Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
FAQs | Aug 10, 2014

What is a supermoon?

The August 10, 2014 is the closest, brightest supermoon of this year.

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Science Wire | Aug 09, 2014

Weak supernova might have left zombie star

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 via Hubble Space Telescope.
Science Wire | Aug 09, 2014

Astronomers watch as storms swirl on distant Uranus

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.”

Close-up detail of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded on August 6, 2014. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right.  The image was taken from a distance of 120 km and the image resolution is 2.2 meters per pixel.  Via ESA Rosetta mission image page.
Science Wire | Aug 06, 2014

Success! A final flawless burn. Rosetta now in tandem with its comet

Look here for a fascinating history in pictures and words of the Rosetta spacecraft’s historic approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Image credit: ESO
Science Wire | Aug 06, 2014

A new look at the Triangulum galaxy

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.

Milky Way in Australia via Erin Cole
Blogs | Videos | Aug 06, 2014

Video: Zoom to the center of the Milky Way

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.