The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory – SOHO – orbits the sun at 932,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth. The space observatory has just discovered its 3000th comet — more than any other spacecraft or astronomer. NASA released a new video about SOHO, which you’ll find above, on October 25, 2015. The video explains that just about all of SOHO’s comets have been destroyed.
Halloween time is spider time. Three amazing spider skills you might not have known about. Like, did you know spiders can dance?
On October 13, NASA released the new portrait of Jupiter (above), produced from observations made using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
New imagery from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is revealing details never before seen on Jupiter. High-resolution maps and spinning globes reveal an elusive wave and changes to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
Touching juxtaposition of a classic John Lennon song with a magnificent video of whales. Video by Jaimen Hudson.
Explorers happen upon the first glowing sea turtle ever recorded.
NASA video simulating a massive typhoon spinning toward China, with a mesmerizing something extra added. Plus a word about the Gaia hypothesis … inside.
Scientists are studying the increasingly fast rate of summertime ice melt in Greenland. See a new NASA video, plus illustrations of the 2015 melt season.
I was tempted by EarthSky’s extensive coverage on the equinoxes to check out and photograph the equinox sunset here in Mutare, Zimbabwe on September 22, 2015 and recorded much more than anticipated. To my surprise it turned out to be literally a blazing one due to the fortuitous occurrence of a bush fire concealed behind the exact point on the hill over which the sun went down.
This video is made from a series of images captured between November 2013 and April 2015, and it shows an exoplanet, a planet orbiting a distant star, moving through 18 months of its 22-year orbit around its star. The star is called called Beta Pictoris, and it’s visible, faintly, in the night sky seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. The exoplanet is called Beta Pictoris b.
At first I thought I wouldn’t watch this, because it’s 7 minutes long. But then I did watch it, and I’m glad I did, because it’s a beautiful and touching depiction of the relationship between solid matter and empty space in our solar system.