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Deborah Byrd

The Crow, Cup and Water Snake in June

Use the bright star Spica to help you find the constellations of the Crow, Cup and Water Snake. And learn how, in mythology, these creatures came to be flung to the heavens.

Alphecca, a jewel in the Northern Crown

Alphecca. Gemma. Alpha Coronae Borealis or simply Alpha Cor Bor. They're all names for a single star, the brightest star in Northern Crown.

Lucky strike: Space debris smacked ISS robotic arm

Space officials called it a "lucky strike" when space debris smacked into the skinny robotic arm on the space station, creating a hole now seen in images.

June 2021 guide to the bright planets

Let the moon be your guide to the bright planets in June 2021. And learn how to find Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury when the moon has moved away.

Photos! The close Mercury-Venus conjunction

Closest Mercury-Venus conjunction until 2033 It hasn’t been easy, but members of the EarthSky community have caught photos of the...

Today in science: This solar eclipse proved Einstein right

During a May 29, 1919 solar eclipse, astronomers saw the sun bend starlight, proving Einstein's general relativity and catapulting him to rock star fame.

Happy birthday, Frank Drake

May 28, 2021 is the 91st birthday of Frank Drake. He formulated the famous Drake Equation in 1961, as a tool for contemplating alien civilizations.

It’s almost time for Manhattanhenge

Each year around May 29 and 30 - and again in early July - New Yorkers watch for Manhattanhenge, an alignment of the sunset along city streets. Fun!

John F. Kennedy commits US to a moon landing

On May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy addressed the U.S. Congress, inspiring a nation to a moon landing. The Apollo missions, and the dream of a return to the moon.

Watch for the legendary green flash

It's said that once you see a green flash, you'll never again go wrong in matters of the heart. Here's how to see one!