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Posts by Deborah Byrd

Tonight | Oct 20, 2014

Glowing pyramid of light in east might be false dawn

Autumn is the best time of the year to see the false dawn, also known as zodiacal light.

Comet/Mars encounter on Oct. 19, via NASA.
Blogs | Oct 19, 2014

Comet Siding Spring’s near-miss of Mars is today!

NASA is ready with its spacecraft fleet. Observers on Earth are poised with telescopes and cameras. Are you ready?

View larger. | Moonbow over the planet Venus.  Rob Ratkowski captured this image in Hawaii in 2004.  Visit Rob Ratkowski Photography.
Today's Image | Oct 16, 2014


A moonbow is like a rainbow, but fainter, caused by moonlight.

Science Wire | Oct 15, 2014

Alright! Hubble finds potential targets for Pluto spacecraft

After a long search at the solar systems’ fringes, scientists say they have three possible targets for the New Horizons spacecraft after its July 2015 Pluto flyby.

Videos | Oct 15, 2014

This hummingbird video will melt your heart

Hummingbirds playing in a fountain. Toward the end, listen for the little clicks and chirps.

Chinese mantis by Jacob Baker
Today's Image | Oct 15, 2014

Chinese mantis

Say hello to an insect friend …

Tonight | Oct 15, 2014

Find the Andromeda galaxy on dark autumn nights

You can find the Andromeda galaxy — closest major galaxy to our Milky Way — by star-hopping from the Great Square of Pegasus.

Science Wire | Oct 13, 2014

Milky Way’s dark matter half what we thought?

Australian astronomers say our Milky Way galaxy has only half the dark matter we thought it did. If so, it explains the shortage of Milky Way satellites.

Tonight | Oct 13, 2014

Where is the Big Dipper on these autumn evenings?

At this time of year, the most famous star pattern visible from the Northern Hemisphere – the Big Dipper – is low in the north during the evening hours.

Photo by Rolando Ligustri
Today's Image | Oct 12, 2014

Comet Siding Spring near M6

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring near the star cluster M6 on October 9, 2014.