Characterized as a peculiar galaxy, NGC 1487 is an elaborate cosmic whirl likely formed when several dwarf galaxies merged.
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Look for the bright star Rigel below Orion’s Belt stars. If this star were as close as our sun, it would outshine the sun by 40,000 times!
This year’s Chinese New Year starts February 8, 2016, and rings in the Year of the Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.
Betelgeuse is a one-in-million star, a rare red supergiant.
Groundhog Day – a celebration with its roots in astronomy – comes every year on February 2. It’s the year’s first “cross-quarter” day.
Look opposite the sky’s brightest star on the sky’s dome. This is the direction our solar system moves through the Milky Way galaxy.
This year’s El Niño has likely reached its peak, say scientists, but given that Earth is hotter than in 135 years, there are no guarantees.
For both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the full moons have names corresponding to the calendar months or the seasons of the year.
And how many potential supernovae are located within the unsafe distance?
Try it yourself! With a little preparation and a good camera and with a macro lens, you can take your own photos of snowflakes.