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Today's Image | Nov 26, 2014

Magellanic Clouds and more

Milky Way, Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and bright star Canopus can be seen in this image taken at sunrise over East Java’s Mount Bromo.

Total lunar eclipse composite image by Fred Espenak
Tonight | Nov 24, 2014

November 2014 guide to the five visible planets

This month, Mars lights up early evening. Jupiter is out from midnight until dawn. Mercury and Saturn in sun’s glare in late November. Where is Venus?

Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Animation shows Venus in evening sky late 2014 and 2015

Watch 238 days of the sky’s brightest planet, Venus, coming to your evening sky soon. You can also see Mercury, Mars and Jupiter enter the scene at various points.

Image via FogoNews on Facebook.
Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde erupts, residents evacuated

Pico do Fogo is a shield volcano in the Cape Verde islands, off Africa’s west coast. After a 20-year quiet, it began erupting Sunday, causing hundreds to evacuate.

Science Wire | Nov 24, 2014

Video: A year in the life of Earth’s CO2

Stunning visualization, based on an ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model, showing how carbon dioxide in our air travels around the globe.

Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Nov 23, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

2014 Geminid meteor shower will feature a last quarter moon. Some bright Geminids will withstand moonlight! Evenings December 12 and 13. Mornings December 13 and 14.

View larger. | Time line of the universe via NASA/WMAP Science Team
Science Wire | Nov 22, 2014

Study says gravity and Higgs boson interacted to save the universe

One second after the Big Bang, the Higgs boson should have caused a Big Crunch, collapsing the universe to nothing. But gravity saved the day.

View larger.| See the little white dot of the planet Venus in the upper right of this photo?  It'll be back to your evening sky in early December.  Helio de Carvalho Vital captured this image on November 18, 2014 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He wrote, "I managed to capture Venus as it is starting its return to dusk, despite the fact that it is still at a mere 6.2° distance from the sun. 
The photos show it a  few minutes before setting behind the  northern side of the 1,021-meter high Tijuca Peak, located some 6.5 km away. It was deeply immersed in the intense glare of the sun, that would set some 13 minutes later."
Today's Image | Nov 22, 2014

Venus returning to evening sky!

The sky’s brightest planet, Venus, has been behind the sun as viewed from our earthly vantage point. By early December, it’ll be back in your evening sky!

Edwin Hubble 1889-1953
Blogs | This Date in Science | Nov 20, 2014

This date in science: Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe

Hubble helped change our cosmology: our idea of the universe as a whole.

Today's Image | Nov 20, 2014

Snow in West Seneca, New York

Digging out of the snow in West Seneca, NY on November 19, 2014.