Illustration of Earth with a arrow pointing to the equator.

Cheery thoughts for a scary time

Some astronomy thoughts to distract you from quarantine life under the coronavirus plague, from Guy Ottewell.

Submit your #SocialDistanceSelfie

How’re you doing out there? We want to see you and hear from you! Post your selfie at EarthSky Facebook, or at EarthSky Community Photos, or in the comments section of this post.

A Chinese perspective on spring

In Chinese thought, spring is associated with the direction east, the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day.

Watch 2 penguins explore closed Chicago aquarium

You’ll love this video of a couple of penguins openly exploring Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, closed due to COVID-19.

Explore the universe from home

Explore NASA’s online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content.

The front of a pair of binoculars.

Top tips for binocular stargazing

Whether you’re a beginning stargazer or a veteran of thousands of starry nights, binoculars can be your best friend.

School children in uniforms standing on painted Venn Diagrams.

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool to fight coronavirus

With no vaccines or treatments, the fight against coronavirus comes down to this behavioral technique. A physician explains how it works.

We’ll have 2 Friday the 13ths in 2020

And 2020’s first Friday the 13th is coming up on March 13. It’ll be exactly 13 weeks after the previous Friday the 13th in December 2019. Zoinks!

Why beware the Ides of March?

The Ides of March are March 15. We in modern times probably wouldn’t know about them – or know we’re supposed to beware of them – if it weren’t for William Shakespeare.

A view of the valley from the excavation site.

Ancient humans in India survived Toba super-volcano eruption

The Toba super-volcano eruption 74,000 years ago was 5,000 times larger than that of Mount St. Helens. Somehow, ancient human populations in India survived it.