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Tonight | Jul 31, 2014

August 2014 guide to the five visible planets

Moon near Saturn and Mars in early August. Closest supermoon of 2014 on August 10. Jupiter and Venus have closest conjunction of any two planets in 2014 before dawn on August 18.

Look first for the Scorpion.  It's in the south on summer evenings as seen from the N. Hemisphere.  Notice Antares, the red heart of the Scorpion.  Then, assuming you have a dark sky, look just to the right of Antares for M4.
Tonight | Jul 31, 2014

Find M4, a globular cluster by the Scorpion’s heart

In a dark sky, look for fuzzy object near bright Antares in the constellation Scorpius. This is M4, one of the closest globular star clusters to our solar system.

Science Wire | Jul 31, 2014

Deep-sea octopus guards her eggs for nearly 4.5 years

This Octomom was observed to set a new record – 53 months – for the longest brooding period of any known animal.

In late July and early August, watch for the three medium-bright "Belt" stars of Orion the Hunter to ascend over your eastern horizon shortly before dawn.
Tonight | Jul 31, 2014

Orion the Hunter: Ghost of the summer dawn

Orion the Hunter – ghost of the shimmering summer dawn – returns to the eastern predawn sky each year in late summer. Watch for it in July and August!

Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Wildly misaligned planet-forming disks in binary star system HK Tau

There’ve been hints in the past that this type of misaligned system exists, but this is the cleanest and most striking example, astronomers say.

SWERUS expedition preliminary cruise plan and study areas of Leg 1 and 2. EEZ=Exclusive Economic Zone; LR=Lomonosov Ridge; MR=Mendeleev Ridge; HC=Herald Canyon; NSI=New Siberian Islands.
Image via Daily Kos via University of Stockholm.
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Scientists discover vast methane plumes escaping from Arctic seafloor

“We are sniffing methane. We see the bubbles on video from the camera … All analysis tells the signs. We are in a [methane] mega flare.”

Science Wire | Jul 29, 2014

101 geysers on Enceladus, ice moon of Saturn

Researchers have concluded that the only plausible source for the geysers is an underground sea now known to exist beneath Enceladus’ icy surface.

Blogs | Jul 28, 2014

As Comet Siding Spring approaches Mars, NASA gets ready

The icy core of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring won’t strike Mars, but dust from the comet might damage our spacecraft.

Science Wire | Jul 28, 2014

Webcam sees baby sea turtles hatch and head toward sea

These baby loggerhead sea turtles hatched from their eggs and began their march to the sea on Friday night, July 25, around 9 p.m.

Science Wire | Jul 27, 2014

Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend

Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.