Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
The low velocity of asteroid 2018 WV1 suggests it’s a fragment of the moon, ejected when a larger asteroid hit the moon long ago. It’ll pass closest during the night Saturday, according to clocks in the Americas.
In December 2018, the dazzlingly bright object up before the sun is Venus. Mercury and Jupiter join Venus in the east before sunup around mid-December. Saturn sets soon after sunset. Mars stays out until around midnight.
There’s a new robot on Mars’ surface, the InSight spacecraft, designed to study the planet’s interior. It set down safely Monday after nearly 7 months of flight from Earth and a 7-minute nail-biting plummet through Mars’ thin atmosphere.