Space
Blue Origin’s $28 million ticket to space
On June 12, 2021, Blue Origin ended its auction for a ticket to space. The yet-unnamed winner will join Jeff Bezos in a New Shepard sub-orbital launch July 20.
Earth
Earth’s lopsided core? Strangeness in our planet’s interior
A new computer model suggests Earth's lopsided core growth. That is, the inner core grows faster on one side than the other. Faster cooling on one side of the core helps explain why.
Astronomy Essentials

All you need to know: June solstice 2021

Depending on time zone, the June solstice comes on June 20 or 21. Longest day for the Northern Hemisphere. Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere. Details here.
Astronomy Essentials
Space

What is a magnetar?

Magnetic magnetars Can you imagine a magnet so powerful that it could wipe every credit card on Earth from a...
Earth

5 satellite images show how fast our planet is changing

Here are 5 satellite images that illustrate how fast Earth is changing.
Tonight

Earliest sunrises before summer 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.
Tonight

Young moon, Venus, Mars after sunset mid-June

These next several evenings - June 11, 12 and 13, 2021 - watch for the young moon to return to the evening sky. As viewed from North America, the slender crescent pairs up with Venus on June 11 and Mars on June 13. Enjoy!
Space

See 1st new images of Ganymede in over 20 years

NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back the first new closeup images of Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede in over 20 years. They show the moon's craters, light and dark patches and tectonic faults in beautiful detail. See them here!
Sun
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Favorite photos of ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse

Stunning photos of the June 10, 2021 'ring of fire' solar eclipse photos.
Space

NASA announced 2 missions to Venus by 2030. Why that’s exciting

For decades, the exploration of our solar system left one neighboring planet largely unexplored. These missions to Venus mean things are about to change.