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The 2018 Chinese New Year – which coincides with the February new moon – starts February 16 in Asia (February 15 in the west) and rings in the Year of the Dog.
Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier, personified what it meant to have “the right stuff.”
Rigel is far, some 775 light-years away. It must be extraordinarily luminous to be so distant yet shine so brightly in our sky.
Betelgeuse’s red color indicates a star well into the autumn of its years. In fact, the star is a magnificently rare red supergiant.
At a very steady rate, unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth’s oldest inhabitants.
Groundhog Day is tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. It’s the year’s 1st cross-quarter day.
It was a Blue Moon, a supermoon and a moon in total eclipse. EarthSky community members around the world came through as always with awesome photos.
Go outside, and look for the waxing gibbous moon tonight. Then notice the stars nearby. Tonight’s moon is within the Winter Circle stars.
Our sun moves around the center of the galaxy, toward the star Vega. Astronomers call this motion the apex of the sun’s way. One circuit – about 230 million years – is called a cosmic year.
Why search for such a faint constellation? Only because it’s very beautiful. Plus seeing Eridanus can give you a kinship with stargazers from centuries ago.
Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend
Antarctic Milky Way selfie