The next eclipse is a partial eclipse of the sun on September 13, 2015, visible from the southern part of Africa. One fortnight (two weeks) after that, it’ll be a total eclipse of the year’s closest supermoon on the night of September 27-28, visible from North and South America. Follow the links inside to learn the dates for upcoming solar and lunar eclipses in 2015 and 2016.
September 1, 1979. On this date, NASA’s Pioneer 11 came within 13,000 miles (21,000 km) of Saturn, making it the first spacecraft ever to sweep closely past that world. Among other things, the mission investigated Saturn’s rings and determine if a trajectory through the rings was safe for the upcoming Voyager visits. They paved the way for the even-more-sophisticated Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977 … and ultimately for the Cassini mission, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.
Cave-dwelling bats in North America are fighting an epic battle against the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, and now, they may be facing another foe—chemical contaminants.
Enjoying the Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres? Welcome to HAMO (High Altitude Mapping Orbit). Dawn has now moved to within about 900 miles (1,500 km) from Ceres. This phase of the mission has just begun and promises to reveal even more about this little world. Here are some early images from that closer orbit.
More than 90 years after California’s last wolf was killed, a pack has been observed near Mt. Shasta. Are the mountain’s glaciers a reason the wolves chose this location?
If so, where are likely to find it and could we ever get to it? And would we be able to drink it? A planetary geologist discusses these issues.
A new study suggests that natural forces are behind California’s drought, but that global warming has contributed 8-27% to the drought’s severity.
Maybe you’ve seen the proverbial bunny in a patch of clouds, or a clown’s face in a mud splatter on the side of your car? Seeing or hearing recognizable objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns is called pareidolia. Everyone experiences it from time to time – some people more than others. Look at the photos inside to learn more and test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.
Damaging electric currents in space affect Earth’s equatorial region, not just the poles, according to new research.
Data from this year’s survey indicate that the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is above average in size, likely because of heavy rains in June.