Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
Now, the Voyager team is able to use a set of 4 backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. The team says it’ll extend the life of Voyager 1 – the fastest and farthest craft from Earth – by several more years.
Astronomers thought J0045+41 was 2 orbiting stars, part of the nearby Andromeda galaxy. New work shows it’s 1,000 times more distant, possibly the most tightly coupled pair of supermassive black holes yet seen.
Of the 5 bright planets, Mars and Jupiter appear in the December 2017 predawn sky all month. Mercury joins them around the December solstice. Venus and Saturn will become lost in the sun’s glare this month.