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…]
The winter night sky, filled with brilliant stars, presents one of the best celestial views. [Read more…]
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. Under a dark sky, you could see as many as 60 multicolored meteors per hour. [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…]
An interesting meteor shower peaks on the night of October 21st to the 22nd. Every few minutes you may spy a tiny remnant of Halley’s Comet burning up high in the atmosphere. This is the Orionid meteor shower. [Read more…]
On September 27th in the Americas (September 28th in Europe, Africa, and western Asia) the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, creating a lunar eclipse.
The Moon will appear to darken during the eclipse. [Read more…]
The Perseid meteor shower is an always-anticipated feature of the August night sky. These streaks of light are tiny bits of a comet burning up as they enter Earth’s atmosphere. The cometary debris trail, which Earth passes through once a year, was left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle during its many visits to the inner solar system. [Read more…]