Name It & Claim It08/31/15
20 planets beyond our solar system need names. . . . and the public is invited to give its thumbs-up or down to proposals.
True or False; False
On August 27th , Mars will appear as large as the full moon. Don't believe this hoax!
It’s Been a Dog Day’s Night!
Timing is everything when it comes to observing planets beyond our solar system, and astronomers were fortunate to find Kepler 453b amid a particularly crowded field
Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this week. No moon this year, so it should be much easier to observe at dark sky location outside Center City, Philadelphia.
Here Comes the Sun(s)
Multiple systems are not unusual, in fact most stars are multiples and its been said that life was able to evolve here on this planet because it’s a single star. And a quintuple star system is discovered in the constellation Ursa Major.
Giant Surprises from the Dwarf Planet
Images and data beamed back from NASA's New Horizons mission has astronomers rethinking what they thought they knew about Pluto. Kepler 452b, aka Earth 2.0 - follow all the action at Search 'NASA finding another earth.'
46 years ago - Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon, while Michael Collins orbited overhead in the command spacecraft.
Centipedes from Hell!
Geophilus Hadesi discovered in Croatian caves - more than half a mile below the earth's surface! These 'extremophile' centipedes exemplify the range of conditions under which life forms can exist and thrive.
Night Sky Fireworks Beyond the 4th
Call this Venus Week! Friday, Venus shows its greatest illuminated portion - and it will be at its brightest for this year on Sunday. The night sky resembles points of light on a two-dimensional canvas. Derrick offers tips to appreciating the heavens...
The Sun will be at it's furthest annual distance from the Earth next Monday afternoon - 94,506,507 miles.
Glorious Lamp of Heaven
Our region reached the maximum hours of daylight for the year yesterday. We lose two seconds today; a minute by the end of the week, and Sunday is the latest sunset.
If we lived on a planet that orbited a lone star outside of a galaxy, a starless night sky would be possible. Now astronomers have discovered not just three stars but 3 extra-galactic supernovae. Alone, and with no other stars within maybe 300 light...
Meet The Family
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto. Ahead of the July 14th close approach; astronomers recently learned more about the chaotic motions and odd shapes of the dwarf planet’s moons. Following the fly-by, New Horizons will head to the...
Looking For Life In All The Right Places
NASA plans to send a three-year orbital mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa as early as 2022. It’s at the top of the list of most likely places in the solar system to find life. It has a salty liquid water ocean, may have organics, definitely has a heat...
500,000 quasars (quasi-stellar radio sources) have been detected – including 100 binaries, two triples, and now – one quad. A quasar is a compact region in the center of a massive galaxy surrounding a central supermassive black hole. A grouping of two...
The dwarf planet Pluto will be visited by New Horizons this summer; the pressure is on to develop alternative launch services following Soyuz' recent failed attempt to reach orbit; Wednesday thru Saturday, a waxing crescent moon slides by Venus first,...
NASA Retools Its Website
NASA's Messenger spacecraft made a scheduled crash onto the surface of Mercury and NASA's rebuilt website - now oriented towards imagery and social media. It's a reflection of the changing nature of NASA's understanding of what audience it must appeal...
May Day Alert!
This Friday, May 1st is a cross-quarter day - halfway between the first day of spring and the first day of summer. It's a day that has been marked by festivals and celebrations for centuries. The month of April is filled with outer space...
Come One, Come All: No Telescope Needed
Friday marks the 5th Annual city-wide Astronomy Night, which is the first event of the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival.
Rings, Centaurs, and Known Science
Centaurs - non-planetary objects with rings; seeing, and knowing, the universe; spring constellations dominate the sky now.
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