First of all, this blog and the image below are courtesy of a favorite astronomy site of mine, EarthSky.org. This site is downright terrific and was the inspiration for this blog, and it has graciously allowed me to use many skymaps in previous posts as well as this one. This site is an absolutely fantastic source for all sorts of information about the field of science in general. I suggest and plead that you browse the site.
A co-worker of mine pointed out a stunning celestial arrangement to me. To see this grouping of "stars," you need to wake up very early in the morning and look east before the summer sun brightens the sky too much.
I called them "stars" above because what you are actually seeing is the two brightest planets in sky basically right on top of each other. Please see the image below.
If you are an early riser, you will be lucky to be able to see this sight. And if you aren't, set your alarm clock and take advantage of the "cool" temperatures at this time of day to see a beautiful sight!
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The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks Friday morning. But, Aquarid meteors will be visible each of the next several nights. This shower favors the Southern Hemisphere. But, the U.S. and Europe can still expect 10-30 meteors per hour early Friday morning.
The Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit 26 years ago today and has taken thousands of breathtaking pictures of our universe.
On Thursday, China announced that they will launch the 'core module' of their upcoming space station around 2018 with completion of the station expected around 2022.
The first major meteor shower in three months peaks predawn Friday. It will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere. The full moon will wash out some meteors. But, check out some tips of how to deal with the moon and see a few meteors Friday.
There is a lot to see in the night sky over the next few nights. The ISS makes a pass right over the Northeast U.S. Saturday night. Everyone will be able to see the conjunction of the moon and Jupiter Sunday night. The first major meteor shower in months, the Lyrids, peaks next week.
A photo recap story of last week's SpaceX launch and my trip to the Kennedy Space Center.