Sun news June 13, 2024: An M and a huge filament eruption
Sun news for June 13, 2024. A huge filament explosion hurled sun-stuff into space. We don't know yet if it's coming our way. An M1.2 flare pushed sun activity to moderate.
Cicadas are emerging across parts of the U.S.
The cicadas are here! Have you seen - and heard them - in your neighborhood? Cicadas may be plentiful and loud, but they're basically harmless.
Astronomy Essentials

The ecliptic is the sun’s path in our sky

The ecliptic is the path the sun takes across our sky. It's the Earth-sun plane, and, more or less, the plane of our solar system.
Astronomy Essentials

Visible planets and night sky guide for June

Visible planets and night sky guide for June 2024. We can’t see Venus or Mercury in our sky right now. But SOHO’s spacecraft’s LASCO C3 imager can!

Leaky Boeing Starliner extending stay at ISS for evaluation

The 1st crewed Boeing Starliner - launched toward the ISS on June 5 and docked June 6, 2024 - will remain on orbit until at least June 18 for an extended evaluation.

Epic solar storm effects seen by Mars rovers

The sun lobs its particles into the solar system, and studying this space weather on Mars helps us understand what future astronauts might face there.

Earliest sunrises (or sunsets) come before June solstice

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, your earliest sunrises of the year are happening around now. Southern Hemisphere? Your earliest sunsets are around now.

The last Milky Way galactic collision was a recent event

The Milky Way has collided with many other galaxies. The Gaia space telescope found the most recent galactic collision happened later than we thought.

Like people, elephants use names for each other

Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals. And now, a new study shows that elephants use names when communicating with each other, just like humans.

Fastest carbon dioxide surge ever during year of extremes

Atmospheric carbon dioxide is accumulating faster than ever, accelerating to levels far above any experienced during human existence, say climate scientists.