Top 10 things to know about asteroid Bennu

Take a video tour of asteroid Bennu’s remarkable terrain and read a list of 10 cool things scientists know about this pristine remnant from the early days of our solar system.

Super-Earth exoplanets often have giant ‘Jupiter’ bodyguards

Planetary systems with both super-Earths and Jupiter-type planets may be common, according to a new study. As in our own solar system, the giant planets would act as “bodyguards” protecting the smaller planets from asteroid impacts.

Before 2020 ends, a great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn come to conjunction on December 21, 2020. At their closest, they’ll be only 0.1 degrees apart. That’s just 1/5 of a full moon diameter. Don’t wait. Start watching them now!

Aquarius? Here’s your constellation

Aquarius lies in a “watery” part of the sky, near Pisces the Fish, Cetus the Whale, Eridanus the River, and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish.

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1st quarter moon is October 23

The 1st quarter moon happens on October 23, 2020, at 13:22 UTC. Here’s what to look for, and how to recognize this moon phase.

Earth just had its hottest September on record

September 2020 was our planet’s hottest September since 1880. With 3 months left, 2020 could rank among the top 3 warmest years on record for the globe.

Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.

All you need to know: Orionid meteor shower

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower.  How and when to watch. In 2020, the peak morning is probably October 21. But try watching October 20 and 22, also, before dawn.

Asteroid 2020 TF6 will come within 40% of moon’s distance on October 19

Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project captured an image of the asteroid last night.

Metal-poor globular cluster forces astronomers to rethink theories

The discovery of the most metal-poor globular cluster recorded to date has forced scientists to rethink how both galaxies and globular clusters form.

Pluto’s snowcapped mountains are unlike any on Earth

A new study shows how methane snow accumulates on Pluto’s mountain peaks. These snowcaps – first seen by New Horizons in 2015 – look a lot like ones on Earth, but form in a very alien environment.

Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are already merging

Billions of years from now, Earth’s night sky will change as the Andromeda galaxy rushes toward a merger with the Milky Way.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard completed its 7th launch and landing this week

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket successfully launched an uncrewed test flight on October 13, with both its capsule and booster later executing a flawless landing.