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Hubble sees Phobos orbiting Mars

This image and video aren’t artists’ illustrations. They’re from a real time-lapse sequence of images – acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope – of the tiny moon Phobos orbiting Mars. Cool!

See it! Moon sweeps past Venus

People around the world watched this week as the waning crescent moon swept near the very bright planet Venus, and fainter star Aldebaran, in the east before dawn.

Today in science: 1st footsteps on moon

Today is the 48th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. The story in pictures, here.

Video: Moon hoax not

SG Collins explains why the Apollo moon landings on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s couldn’t have been faked.

How close will asteroid 2012 TC4 come?

Asteroid 2012 TC4 might give Earth a close shave in October, 2017. Or the asteroid could pass more distantly. Astronomers are keen to observe it now, to learn more about its orbit.

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2017

All you need to know about 2017’s major meteor showers. Next good opportunity is late July and early August. Watch between midnight and dawn, when the moon is down. You won’t catch a magnificent display, as in some years, but you might see some!

The Day Earth Smiled

A mosaic of people on Earth waving at Saturn on July 19, 2013, the day Earth smiled. NASA called it “a global moment of cosmic self-awareness.”

Have you seen the Mayak satellite?

On July 14, an amateur group in Russia launched a small satellite called Mayak. They said it would become the “brightest shooting star” in the sky. Why’d they do it? Here’s how to look for it.

Rainbow and road

Photo by Mike Taylor, who is based in Maine. He calls this photo Innuendo.

Moon shadow versus sun reflection

This 5-second video shows a reflected image of the sun – a sun glint – as a bright spot crossing Earth from right to left. It also shows a dark spot – the moon’s shadow – moving the opposite way.