Deborah Byrd

Listen to the sounds of BepiColombo’s Earth flyby

Data sonification uses data to result in a sound, so that you can better perceive what the data show. Here are several audio recordings based on data from the Mercury-bound BepiColombo spacecraft’s Earth flyby on April 9.

Hubble image of galaxy cluster RXC J0142.9+4438.

Cool! A Hubble photo translated to music

There’s no sound in space. But – working with NASA – musicians and scientists turned a Hubble Space Telescope image of a galaxy cluster into music.

Sky chart of Big Dipper, Arcturus and Spica

Arc to Arcturus, spike to Spica

Learn a phrase useful to sky watchers: Follow the arc to Arcturus and drive a spike (or speed on) to Spica.

Four nights of observations of Comet ATLAS. The 4th image shows a distinctly brighter comet.

Whoa! Comet ATLAS got brighter this week

Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) was getting brighter. Then, sadly, the Hubble Space Telescope caught it apparently disintegrating. Now … surprise. Veteran comet observer Terry Lovejoy reported earlier today that the comet is brightening again!

New York City sunset

A May 2020 sunset over the nearly empty streets of New York City.

The May 2020 supermoon with the face of Buddha superimposed upon it.

Happy Buddha Purnima on May 7

Buddha Purnima – Buddha’s birthday – is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh (April/May) according to the Hindu calendar.

Red rainbow over Bellingham, Washington

An EarthSky Community member caught an unusual red rainbow arching high into the sky.

Light gray blob on black background.

Milky Way could be catapulting stars into its outer halo

Scientists used computer simulations to learn that our Milky Way galaxy may sometimes launch newly forming stars into the space around itself – that is, into the halo of our galaxy – via outflows triggered by supernova explosions.

Find the radiant point for the Eta Aquariid meteor shower

Eta Aquariid meteors radiate from the Y-shaped group of stars called the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius. Here are 2 ways to find it.

A tiny crescent world, in rainbow-like colors.

Many-colored crescent Venus

Maybe you didn’t realize Venus can appear as a crescent, much less in rainbow colors? These effects happen when Venus draws near its time of passing between us and the sun, which it will on June 3.