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.
Because Peter Lowenstein lives in the Southern Hemisphere, he was fortunate enough to see the young waxing crescent moon and the planet Mercury in the western sky after sunset on August 16, 2015. In fact, the Southern Hemisphere will be enjoying Mercury’s best evening apparition of the year in August and September 2015. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, Mercury will set after nightfall for the next four weeks!
Every so often, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in your night sky. It’ll look like a bright star moving quickly above the horizon. The ISS is so bright, it can even been seen from the center of a city. Here’s how you can spot the ISS in your night sky.
The famous double moon hoax appears to be gearing up again. We hear that the word spread on Facebook that there would be a double moon. Will this hoax ever die? It’s now 12 years old. Still, clearly, not everyone knows it’s a hoax.
Inside, we show you six of Peter’s wonderful photos of the western sky after sunset on August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2015. Notice how fast Mercury is soaring upward by the day, and how quickly Venus and Jupiter are sinking! Click here to see Peter’s youtube animation of the planets from August 3 to 8!
Finding star distances isn’t easy. Here’s how it’s done, and why astronomers recently modified the distance estimate to the famous star Betelgeuse.
Peter Lowenstein in Zimbabwe – who has contributed many amazing photos to EarthSky – offers what might be your final glimpse of the planets Venus and Jupiter after sunset.
New SETI project will scan the skies for signs of alien communications, but might also unveil other secrets about the universe.
The data suggest that the organic compounds that eventually translated into organisms here on Earth existed in the early solar system, says scientist.
A week ago, astronomers announced that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope had confirmed the nearest known rocky exoplanet, orbiting the star HD219134, about 21 light-years away. Finder charts show the star in your night sky. Plus … a gif image showing the star’s proper motion, captured by an amateur astronomer.