- There has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "Four Blood Moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.
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- Astronomy Magazine
When meteors confront a Full Moon
Despite the brightness of our lone natural satellite, observers still may see some of this year's brightest Geminid meteors. By Michael E. Bakich | Published: Friday, December 2, 2016. Asim Patel. The annual Geminid meteor shower, which peaks the night ...and more »
Admiring the Beauty of Venus with Mobile Astronomy Apps
Venus, our beautiful but inhospitable neighboring planet, outshines everything in the sky but the sun and the moon. It is in the midst of a lengthy evening appearance (shown here on Dec. 2, 2016, at 6 p.m. local time) that will last until March 2017 ...and more »
- In this edition of Mobile Stargazing, we'll look at Venus' properties using planetary apps, explain the motion of the planet through the sky, and provide some tips for observing and photographing the "Evening Star."
- via Recent Posts“Dragonfly 44: A Mysterious Galaxy Made of Mostly Dark Matter"
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If dark matter is, well, dark, how can it be found? Remarkably, a team of astronomers found a galaxy made almost entirely of dark matter by using several powerful telescopes. The galaxy is called Dragonfly 44 and was largely ignored because it is so faint and seemingly insignificant. After another look with Dragonfly Telephoto Array, it appeared that this galaxy in the constellation Coma dese
- Cassini's final main engine burn this weekend sets the stage for a stunning grand finale.
An artist's conception of NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its final ring-grazing orbits.
NASA / JPL / Cassini
After more than a decade exploring the ringed planet and its moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is preparing for a daring set of orbits which will set it up for mission's end later next year.
The recent 125th flyby of Saturn's giant moon Titan (T-125) was the prelude to Cassini's final acts, which w
- Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin was medically evacuated from the South Pole and flown to New Zealand, where he is recovering. Aldrin has fluid in his lungs, "but is responding well to antibiotics," the tour operator that organized his trip said.
- Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in the new movie about 2 passengers who awake from hibernation 90 years too early on a spacecraft that is on a 120-year journey.
- via Recent PostsThis post is adapted from an American Astronomical Society press release:
The AAS has launched a new website, eclipse.aas.org, to help prepare the country for next year’s most anticipated celestial spectacle: the first total eclipse of the Sun to touch the US mainland since 1979 and the first to span the continent since 1918. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AAS has also unveiled a program of small grants to fund educational activities aimed at engaging the pub
- Material from the sun may have caused Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to flare up nearly 100 times brighter than average in some parts of the visual spectrum, new research reports.
- Long-duration spaceflight seems to mess with astronauts' vision and researchers think that cerebrospinal fluid in a microgravity environment could be to blame.
- Long-time military contractor United Launch Alliance shows off a new, customer-friendly face.
- The six astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will be OK despite a Russian cargo ship's failure to make it to orbit Thursday (Dec. 1), NASA officials said.
- It is the nature of astronomers and astrophysicists to look up at the stars with wonder, searching for answers to the still-unsolved mysteries of the universe. The Star of Bethlehem, and its origin, has been one of those mysteries, pondered by scientists for centuries – and something Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology in the Department of Physics in the University of Notre Dame's College of Science, has studied for more than a decade.
- The 22-nation European Space Agency forced its science program to lay an offering at the alter of the agency’s struggling ExoMars mission with Russia, allowing a European rover to be launched in 2020 to complement the Mars orbiter already in service.
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- The Moon and Venus grab the eye at dusk on Friday December 2nd. . .
. . .and again the next evening, now with the Moon on top. As the Moon waxes thicker and higher on the 4th and 5th, it passes Mars.
Friday, December 2
• For the next two evenings, the thickening crescent Moon poses with bright Venus in the southwest at dusk. This evening Venus and the Moon are 7° or 8° apart at the time of twilight for the Americas, with the Moon on the right, as shown here.
Saturday, December 3
- While it seems Saturn's rings eclipse the tiny, icy Mimas, scientists expect the actual mass of the rings may be close to or even less than that of Saturn's miniscule moon.
- Donn Eisele became the 30th person to orbit the Earth as a member of NASA's first crew to launch onboard an Apollo spacecraft in 1968. Eisele died in 1987 without written about his Apollo 7 mission, or so everyone thought.
- The Atlantic
The Glass Universe: Harvard's Women Who Revolutionized ...
At the turn of the 20th-century, assistants at Harvard's observatory took to mapping the stars and paved the way for women in science.and more »
- NASA launched a celebration of the Langley Research Center's 100th anniversary yesterday (Dec. 1) with an educational panel on the upcoming movie "Hidden Figures" and the real-life Langley employees it depicts, answering student questions about their life
- Two leading members of the House Science Committee called on NASA Nov. 29 to provide more details about a recent report from a science group that appeared to endorse the agency's controversial Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
- The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump has named a congressional staffer and former NASA official to the "landing team" overseeing transition planning for the space agency.
- Venus and the crescent moon will get together in the sky Saturday evening (Dec. 3), making for an eye-catching sight.
- Annalea Beattie talks about life and work inside the habitat in the Utah Desert that she and her fellow Mars 160 crewmembers call home.
- Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planetary scientists.
- In our March 2017 issue we include a diagram of all small, confirmed exoplanets in their stars’ habitable zones. Here’s the saga of how we decided which planets to put on that list.
An artist's conception of Kepler-186f, an Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone.
NASA Ames / SETI Institute / JPL-Caltech
Each feature article that appears in Sky & Telescope has what I like to call a shepherding editor. The shepherding editor not only edits the article’s text but also
- Astronomy Magazine
Super-Galaxies Don't Become Cannibals Until Later in Life ...
In their early years, the largest galaxies in the universe feed on recycled material from dead stars.and more »
- Astronomers studying a cluster of still-forming protogalaxies seen as they were more than 10 billion years ago have found that a giant galaxy in the center of the cluster is forming from a surprisingly-dense soup of molecular gas.
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