Those who’ve been there say the drive to White Pocket – a swirling, twisted, multicolored landscape in northern Arizona – is an adventure in its own right.
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Competition to name five impact craters on Mercury. Submit ideas December 15, 2014, to January 15, 2015. Finalists go to the IAU for selection of five winners.
The Northern Cross isn’t as famous as its counterpart – the Southern Cross – visible from the Southern Hemisphere or the northern tropics. But the Northern Cross also looks like a cross, and it’s pretty easy to spot.
Satellites have detected an iceberg adrift in the South Atlantic Ocean. It’s big … but doesn’t meet the criteria for tracking or naming.
With a small ‘scope or large binoculars, you can catch Comet Finlay. It’ll be near Mars on December 23 and 24. Cool photo opportunity for those equipped to catch it!
At Stonehenge in England on the northern winter solstice, people watch the sunrise and sunset. Learn more and see photos here.
December solstice 2014 is coming up this Sunday, December 21 at 23:03 UTC. Celebration time!
In December, 2014, Venus out briefly after sunset; Mars up in early evening; Jupiter shines from mid-to-late-evening to dawn; Saturn in the southeast predawn; Mercury lost in the sun’s glare.
ESA lost full contact a few weeks ago. The spacecraft is expected to fall into Venus’ thick atmosphere and likely be destroyed in the coming weeks.
Curiosity rover has now measured a dramatic spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the Martian air, plus other organic molecules in a Martian rock.