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Seeing things that aren’t there? It’s called pareidolia

Seeing things like a dragon in a patch of clouds or a face on the moon is called pareidolia. Use these photos to test your abilities to recognize patterns.

Gegenschein is the glow of interplanetary dust

Project Nightflight's Erwin Matys and Karoline Mrazek explain what the gegenschein is and how you can see this elusive stargazing target.

NASA predicted asteroid impact in Ontario, Canada

NASA predicted the asteroid impact in Ontario, Canada, with its Scout impact hazard assessment system. The goal of Scout is to track impact hazards to Earth.

A space garden can feed astronauts on the moon

A space garden will enable astronauts to grow their own food in places like the moon and on Mars. Read more about the plants astronauts can grow in space.

Why don’t we feel Earth’s spin?

We don't feel Earth spin on its axis because Earth's spin is steady - and moves at a constant rate in orbit around the sun - carrying us as passengers right along with it.

Meteors in moonlight: 6 tips for 2022’s Leonids

Meteors in moonlight. It's not optimal, but it happens! Here's how to minimize the moon and optimize the Leonid meteor shower in 2022.

See Orion’s Belt as a celestial bridge

Many know Orion's Belt, a short straight row of 3 stars. To the Aymara, Orion's Belt is a Celestial Bridge between the sky's Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Challenger debris found in the Atlantic

Divers filming for the History Channel found Challenger debris off the Florida space coast. NASA confirmed the discovery. Read more here.

Big Dipper (Sky Bear) comes to Earth in November

Every year, the Big Dipper (Great Bear) descends to its lowest point in the sky on November evenings. This makes it difficult, or impossible, to see.

Carl Sagan born 88 years ago today

For many, for decades, Carl Sagan was the best-known astronomer on Earth. He popularized astronomy in a popular TV series. Today is his birthday.