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Deborah Byrd

Astronomers map a starburst galaxy

Astronomers made the sharpest and clearest map yet of a distant starburst galaxy, where stars form 1,000 times faster than in our Milky Way. They’re now calling this galaxy an “unstoppable monster.”

Watch for zodiacal light or false dawn

The zodiacal light, an eerie light extending up from the horizon before true dawn begins. Southern Hemisphere? Look after sunset!

See it! This month’s full moon

Beautiful images of the August 2018 full moon. Our thanks to all in the EarthSky community who submitted photos!

Ophiuchus is part of the zodiac, too

Poor Ophiuchus. Nobody ever claims him as a “birth sign,” although the sun moves in front of his stars from about November 30 to December 18. Keep the big guy company. Find Ophiuchus in your sky tonight!

Is this the moon? No, it’s Venus

Venus is now catching up to Earth in its smaller orbit. It’ll pass between us and the sun on October 26. Between now and then, people peering through telescopes will see Venus wane in phase, like a tiny, featureless crescent moon.

OSIRIS-REx sets sights on asteroid Bennu

NASA’s 1st mission to a near-Earth asteroid is now on its final approach, and the space agency released the craft’s 1st images late last week. It’ll arrive at asteroid Bennu on December 3.

NASA Selfies app lets you play astronaut

We’ve had lots of fun playing with this app over the past few days. It lets you generate snapshots of yourself in a virtual spacesuit, posing in front of places like the Orion Nebula or the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Hurricane Lane viewed from space

Hurricane Lane from the International Space Station on August 22. Lane has now weakened to a tropical storm, but Hawaii has already seen 40+ inches (over a meter) of rain.

See it! Moon sweeps past Mars

Mars is still at its best, and the moon has just swept past. Plus Saturn is nearby. Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community.

How to see anticrepuscular rays

Next time you see crepuscular rays – sunrays – at sunrise or sunset, turn around.