The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the night spanning January 3rd and 4th. Skywatchers who brave the cold might spot up to 40 meteors per hour. [Read more…]
The mid-December night sky hosts the lovely Geminid meteor shower. The shower peaks on the night of December 13th to the 14th.
This year, however, a full moon interferes, making dim meteors hard to see. [Read more…]
November boasts the Leonid meteor shower.
This shower is the result of Earth’s annual passage through the dust trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. [Read more…]
The Orionid meteor shower peaks on the night of October 21st to the 22nd. However, bright moonlight may wash out all but the brightest meteors.
After midnight, look to the east, where the constellation Orion is rising. Every few minutes you may spy a tiny remnant of Halley’s Comet burning up high in the atmosphere. [Read more…]
On September 1st, skywatchers in parts of Africa will see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun, creating an annular solar eclipse.
During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is farther away from Earth than during a total solar eclipse, so it appears smaller and doesn’t completely cover the Sun. [Read more…]
The Perseid meteor shower is an always-anticipated feature of the August night sky. Look for meteors during the early morning hours of August 12th and 13th [Read more…]
The summer night sky is filled with striking constellations, and the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. [Read more…]
Turn your gaze upward to find four distinctive constellations. [Read more…]
The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower returns this month. On the night of May 4th to May 5th, expect to see up to 10 meteors per hour. Look for them shooting from the east after midnight. [Read more…]
The Lyrid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of April 22nd. However, the glow of the full moon will make it difficult to see many of the meteors this year. [Read more…]
Skywatchers in parts of Asia and Australia will witness a partial solar eclipse on the morning of March 9th, while some in Alaska and Hawaii could see a bite taken out of the Sun before sunset on March 8th. [Read more…]
The desire to learn more about our universe and dream of ways to venture beyond the gravitational limits of our home world begin with imagination, and when each generation dares to dream bigger, bolder and differently than previous generations, that’s when great leaps of innovation and inspiration can occur.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab hopes this series of imaginative space travel destination posters may inspire the next group of scientists, explorers and dreamers to build a future in the stars for humanity. [Read more…]