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Science Wire | Feb 10, 2016

Merging galaxies in Eridanus, via Hubble

Characterized as a peculiar galaxy, NGC 1487 is an elaborate cosmic whirl likely formed when several dwarf galaxies merged.

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Tonight | Feb 10, 2016

Blue-white Rigel is at the foot of Orion

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!

Crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in Lopburi, Thailand. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Science Wire | Feb 08, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

This year’s Chinese New Year starts February 8, 2016, and rings in the Year of the Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.

You can recognize Orion for the short, straight row of three medium-bright stars at its midsection. Betelgeuse is the somber red star in the Shoulder of the Hunter.
Tonight | Feb 06, 2016

Somber Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder

Betelgeuse is a one-in-million star, a rare red supergiant.

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Science Wire | Feb 02, 2016

Everything you need to know: Groundhog Day 2016

Groundhog Day – a celebration with its roots in astronomy – comes every year on February 2. It’s the year’s first “cross-quarter” day.

Not sure which star is Sirius?  The three Belt stars of Orion - three stars in a short, straight row - always point to Sirius.
Tonight | Jan 28, 2016

Use Sirius to imagine sun’s path through Milky Way

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.

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Science Wire | Jan 27, 2016

Is El Niño at its peak?

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.

Photo credit: Gattou
Science Wire | Jan 23, 2016

Can you tell me the full moon names?

For both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the full moons have names corresponding to the calendar months or the seasons of the year.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
FAQs | Jan 22, 2016

What’s a safe distance between us and an exploding star?

And how many potential supernovae are located within the unsafe distance?

(c) Joshua Nowicki Photoography
Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

How to take photos of snowflakes

Try it yourself! With a little preparation and a good camera and with a macro lens, you can take your own photos of snowflakes.