STAFF BLOG ASTRO BOB Curiosity rover ramps up for road trip to Glenelg
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to Glenelg we go! Scientists with the Mars mission have chosen Curiosity's first exploration destination, a little place nicknamed Glenelg (after a village in Scotland) near t... Posted on 8/18/12 at 11:16 AM
Tonight look to the south and you'll see the waxing gibbous moon paired up with two bright "stars". One's a real star - Spica in Virgo - and the other is the planet Saturn. Continue to the east and you'll discover a star having a tantrum.
Four billion years ago and 40 million light years away, an act of galactic cannibalism was committed. No human eyes saw the smaller galaxy shredded and ripped apart by the gravitational might of the larger. No tears were shed when its remains were finally devoured, but clues of the catastrophe remain to this day.
Get ready. A few years from now a new space telescope will focus its golden eye on light from the dawn of the universe. We get acquainted today with the James Webb Space Telescope, its remarkable mirror and far-reaching mission.
The Big Dipper is the #1 most familiar star group in the northern hemisphere. Just about everyone has seen it. Orion comes in second and everything else a distant third. But the Dipper is only part of a much bigger constellation - Ursa Major. Let me show it to you.
The ambling moon is one day shy of first quarter phase tonight and lights up the sky near the star Regulus in Leo the Lion. We also consider a radical new sport for future Mars astronauts - dry ice boarding.
The mosquitos have returned but so have the night-shining clouds. Last night they feathered the late twilight sky until almost 11:30 p.m. Take a look at some photos, plus we also explore the flavors of dusk.
University of Hawaii astrobiologists have discovered high concentrations of boron inside ancient clays in a Mars meteorite. Boron may sound boring but when it comes to life's list of favorite ingredients, it's crucial.
June 11, 1930. Three meteor watchers in Maryland were quietly watching the sky when out of nowhere a half-hour-long bright outburst of meteors flared from the little constellation Delphinus the Dolphin. It may happen again tomorrow morning.
Last Friday I photographed a polka festival and enjoyed seeing the pleasure on the couples' faces as they hopped and turned about the dance floor. A good dance partner adds zest to life. A similar dance on a celestial plane happens tonight when the moon returns to the evening sky alongside Mercury and Venus.
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