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Posts by Deborah Byrd

Marfa lights viewing area this way
Blogs | Oct 30, 2014

Ghost lights: Believe if you dare

In folklore, ghost lights were strange lights seen over swamps or bogs. But we’re more sophisticated today. Aren’t we?

View larger. |  This artist’s impression shows the dust and gas around the double star system GG Tauri-A. Researchers using ALMA have detected gas in the region between two discs in this binary system. This may allow planets to form in the gravitationally perturbed environment of the binary. Half of Sun-like stars are born in binary systems, meaning that these findings will have major consequences for the hunt for exoplanets.  Image via ESO/L. Calçada
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Star system like a wheel within a wheel

Scientists found dust and gas flowing from an outer disk around a star toward a possible second, smaller disk around a second star. Planets may be forming here!

Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Oct 29, 2014

Success in the search for quiet, distant quasars

If quasars weren’t so luminous, we couldn’t see them so far away in space and time. But how about modest quasars, also far away? Astronomers say they’ve found some.

Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Spectacular explosion at launch for Antares rocket

Watch the NASATV live broadcast of the catastrophic launch failure. The rocket was bound for the International Space Station, loaded with supplies.

Science Wire | Oct 28, 2014

Exciting Rosetta space mission inspires a magical short film

A very good 7-minute film, called Ambition. It’s not like any film about space exploration you’ve ever seen. The Rosetta comet mission lies at its heart.

Expect high tides to follow a supermoon
FAQs | Oct 27, 2014

When is the next supermoon?

2015 has 6 supermoons! The closest is the full moon on September 28, 2015, which will also undergo a total lunar eclipse.

Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Oct 27, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

Early November meteor showers drowned in bright moonlight, leaving the sky moon-free for the 2014 Leonid shower in mid-month.

Leonids via NASA
Tonight | Oct 27, 2014

Everything you need to know: Leonid meteor shower

The famous Leonid meteor shower will peak around mid-November. Here’s all you need to know to watch the 2014 Leonid shower.

Science Wire | Oct 26, 2014

Video: Lightning photobombs a double rainbow

Amazing double rainbow arcs across the sky. Lightning gets in on the act.

Night falls when you enter Earth's shadow
FAQs | Oct 24, 2014

When can you see Earth’s shadow?

At yesterday’s solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow brushed Earth. But what about Earth’s shadow? You can see it any clear evening …