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A lunar eclipse will occur on May 15-16, as the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. Some will be privy to a total eclipse, which is often referred to as a Blood Moon due to its reddish hue. If you are wanting to view the upcoming lunar eclipse, you do not need to worry about... Read more...
Venus and Jupiter are on what looks like a collision source in the night sky, in a rare otherworldly event. The two planets have been inching closer to one another every day this month. If you looked up at the sky this morning, you may have noticed what appeared to be two bright stars close to one another. Chances... Read more...
The first solar eclipse of 2022 is nearly upon us, and with it will come a heavenly view of the sky. This particular one will be a partial solar eclipse, with the Moon shimmying its way between a chunk of the Sun and the Earth, blocking some of the light beams. The imperfect alignment can be breathtaking, resulting in... Read more...
A quartet of planets is about to align with the Moon and you won't need a telescope to view the heavenly event. Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Saturn will all be visible to the naked eye. It isn't often that the alignment of so many planets is viewable without the aid of a telescope or pair of binoculars. It tends to... Read more...
A group of Stanford researchers may have found a potential commonality between Jupiter's moon, Europa, and Earth's own Greenland. Ice-penetrating radar from Greenland suggests this shared feature with Europa could increase the potential for life on the icy Jovian moon. Scientists have long thought that Europa could... Read more...
NASA plans on putting boots back on the Moon this decade, but it does not want to stop there. Administrator Bill Nelson said in the most recent State of NASA address, that the space agency also intends on setting foot on the surface of Mars by 2040. The upcoming Artemis missions will be historic in a few ways... Read more...
NASA's Artemis I is ready to roll out of High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building and make its first journey to the launchpad. Rollout is scheduled to begin at 5pm EST from Kennedy Space Center in preparation for its wet dress rehearsal test. Artemis I is edging ever closer to making its historic launch from... Read more...
It has been a little over 50 years since the United States has put a person on the Moon, and in that time, we have sought to return. As such, a team at Venturi Astrolab, hereafter Astrolab, has been designing and developing a versatile lunar and planetary rover dubbed the "Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX)... Read more...
Before Artemis returns humans back to the Moon, NASA is going to study a 50-year-old lunar sample from an Apollo-era mission. The 'new' 50-yaer-old sample will hopefully lend helpful new data about the Moon and preparation for the upcoming Artemis missions to the lunar South Pole. Artemis 1 Moon rocket is nearing... Read more...
A 3 ton (2.7 metric tons) upper stage of a rocket has presumably impacted the far-side of the moon today. Not that we got to witness the event, but the space junk was expected to make impact on the lunar far side equator at Hertzsprung crater at 7:25am EST. The discarded upper stage of a rocket that is believed to... Read more...
NASA's Artemis 1 mission is nearing launch, and you can hitch a ride for free a trip around the Moon. Well, your name can at least. The Artemis program looks to return human boots back to the surface of the Moon, and eventually even further into space. Future missions will include the first person of color and... Read more...
China's Yutu-2 lunar rover detected two distinct glass globules on the far side of the Moon. Discoveries like this could hold information about the Moon's history. The spherules were spotted by the lunar rover's panoramic camera as they twinkled like stars on the dry, dusty surface of the Moon. While the rover was... Read more...
While manmade space debris is still believed to be colliding with the Moon in early March, what that actual debris is believed to be has changed. Bill J. Gray, who originally linked the debris to a second stage booster from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched in 2015, has now determined it to be from a Chinese mission... Read more...
The second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched in 2015 is on a collision course with the Moon. You can watch live later today as it makes its closest pass of the Earth on its way to eventually crashing into our Moon. NASA recently announced that the International Space Station (ISS) has been funded... Read more...
The second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched in 2015 is nearing an impact with Earth's Moon. Sky observers believe it will make impact in March of this year. SpaceX has been steadily sending new satellites into space for its Starlink high-speed internet service. Just last week, a Falcon 9 rocket... Read more...
A frog, astronaut, and physicist walk into a… low-gravity research facility? Chinese scientists have recently developed an artificial moon setting that will be used to test technology and train astronauts in a low-gravity environment. The facility is already unique, but its origins make it even more so. The Chinese... Read more...
With 2021 in the books, there is still much to look forward to when it comes to viewing the night sky in 2022. January will be bringing us a new Moon, a meteor shower, and the chance to see a couple of planets shining near the Moon. The last month of 2021 provided plenty for sky watchers to take in. The Geminid... Read more...
Sounds sent back from NASA's Juno probe as it passes Jupiter's moon Ganymede has the eerie feeling of something right out of a science fiction flick. New pictures of Jupiter also has NASA comparing its atmosphere and oceans with Earth's. NASA has its hands full lately with all its missions and information that is... Read more...
The next full moon is just around the corner and it is one with many names. Also, this polyonymous moon will be at its fullest tomorrow, December 18, 2021. The Moon has been in the headlines recently for a few reasons. NASA is set to launch its first Artemis mission soon that will include sending humankind back to... Read more...
NASA is looking into using nuclear fission to power a lunar base and future spacecraft to travel to Mars and beyond. If you happen to be good at nuclear fission, you also have an opportunity to score a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy for $5 billion dollars. It is no secret that NASA is working hard to... Read more...
Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2 discovered a cube-shaped object on the far side of the of the moon that has people wondering what it might be. The rover is currently making its way toward the object to see if it can identify exactly what it is. The moon is tidally locked in its orbit with the Earth, so as we look up in... Read more...
Update: Program your coffee maker to brew a pot tonight because the longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years is afoot! Those on the East Coast who are willing to stay up late tonight will get a chance to see it beginning at 2am ET Friday morning, with it peaking at 4am. Those on the West Coast will be able to... Read more...
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