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Deborah Byrd

New moon is February 15

The February 2018 new moon comes almost directly between the Earth and sun.

Interstellar asteroid’s tumble suggests a violent past

The 1st known interstellar asteroid – ‘Oumuamua – is tumbling chaotically. A new study suggests its tumble resulted from a violent collision.

Top 10 reasons we fall in love

On this Valentine’s Day 2018, what the world of science suggests about the mystery we call love.

The Science Love Song

Bizarrely heart-warming, from the guys at ASAPScience.

For those at southerly latitudes, Canopus!

Northern skywatchers sometimes travel southward in winter, for a glimpse of Canopus above the southern horizon.

Jupiter’s North Temperate Belt

Did you know that NASA encourages people to download the RAW images from Juno’s ongoing flybys of Jupiter, and also to process them?

Moon’s bulge reveals its slow retreat from Earth

As the young moon receded from Earth and began spinning more slowly, its large equatorial bulge would have shrunk, cooled and hardened. Today, this fossil bulge on the moon tells a story about the early solar system.

Hare and Dove at Orion’s feet

Lepus the Hare and Columba the Dove are 2 faint constellations near the easy-to-find constellation Orion. You need a dark sky to see them.

Spacecraft snaps new farthest-from-Earth images

Voyager 1 captured its famous Pale Blue Dot image at a record distance in 1990. It took 27 years to beat that record, but now New Horizons has. 

When can you see Earth’s shadow?

Like all worlds orbiting suns, our planet Earth casts a shadow. Here are some times to look for it.