Space
Huge asteroid will pass Earth safely January 18
A huge asteroid will pass Earth on January 18, 2022. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth and at its closest will be five times farther than the moon.
Space
A gravitational wave background from giant black holes?
In its second data release in early January 2022, scientists with IPTA announced early glimpses of a gravitational wave background.
Constellations

Dorado and Mensa house the Large Magellanic Cloud

The constellations Mensa and Dorado are deep in southern skies. Between them, stretching across the border, lies the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Tonight

January’s full moon: Wolf Moon and 1st full moon of 2022

January's full moon is on January 17, 2022, and is nicknamed the Wolf Moon. Enjoy the full-looking moon for a night or two on either side of that night.
Earth

Australia ties its hottest temperature on record

Onslow, Australia, reached 50.7 C on January 13, 2022, tying its hottest temperature on record in the country and for the Southern Hemisphere.
Earth

Tonga volcano felt around the world

The Tonga volcano and ensuing tsunami were felt around the world. The January 15, 2022, blast sent tsunamis as far as the US West Coast.
Earth
Human World

Shackleton expedition to magnetic south pole

On January 16, 1909, a team of Antarctic explorers thought they'd found the magnetic south pole. The magnetic south and north poles wander every year.
Brightest Stars

Procyon: The Little Dog Star

The Dog Star, Sirius, is easy to spot because it's the sky's brightest star. Procyon - the other Dog Star - is near its brighter brother on the sky's dome.
Brightest Stars

Elnath is close to the galactic anticenter

Elnath, the 2nd-brightest star in Taurus, is the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter - the point in space directly opposite our Milky Way's center.
Space

1,000-light-year-wide Local Bubble drives star formation near our sun

Our Local Bubble, a relative void in space filled with stars (but not much gas), was blown out by supernovae millions of years ago.