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Deborah Byrd

New moon is June 13

The upcoming new moon is June 13, 2018, at 19:43 UTC. Will you see it? No, it crosses the sky with the sun during the day. The difference between new moons and young moons, here.

No Planet Nine? Collective gravity might explain weird orbits at solar system’s edge

Astronomers have been searching for a Planet Nine – a world about 10 times Earth’s mass – for about 2 years and have yet to spot it. Maybe there’s another explanation?

Watch a total lunar eclipse

Take 37 seconds to watch the January 31, 2018, super Blue Moon eclipse! This video – from Colin Legg in Australia – is composed of more than 4,000 images.

Kilauea volcano still going strong

The ongoing event is now said to be one of Kilauea’s most destructive eruptions in modern times.

It’s World Oceans Day. Your favorite ocean photos, right here

Thanks for all in the EarthSky community who contributed these photos. The focus of World Oceans Day 2018 is plastic pollution.

Rover finds 2 new life clues on Mars

“Are there signs of life on Mars? We don’t know, but these results tell us we are on the right track.”

More mystery objects near Milky Way’s giant black hole

Astronomers call them G-objects. The 2 previously known ones came incredibly close to the Milky Way’s central black hole, yet survived. Now astronomers report 3 more of these mystery G-objects near the heart of our galaxy.

A Dragon and a former pole star

Let your eyes and imagination drift to see the entire winding shape of Draco the Dragon. Also, meet Thuban, a pole star when the Egyptians were building the pyramids. 

Sharks’ 6th sense tuned to attack

In recent studies, sharks had a simple reaction to a wide range of electric fields, suggesting their system is tuned for one thing: catching prey.

Globular clusters not as old as thought?

New research suggests that globular clusters – once thought to be nearly as old as the universe itself – aren’t that old, after all. They might be only around 9 billion years old.