Post by: Bob King
Astronomy, Meteor Showers, Meteors, Skywatching
4 May , 2016 by Bob King
If you notice a rise in meteors before dawn now through the weekend, you’re not imagining things. It’s the annual peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, when pieces of Halley’s Comet strike our atmosphere.
Astronomy, Comets, Extraterrestrial, Radio Astronomy
17 Apr , 2016 by Bob King
Nearly 40 years after it was first detected, a Florida astronomer proposes that comets may be to blame for the famed extraterrestrial “Wow! signal”.
Astronomy, Mercury, News, Observing, sun
15 Apr , 2016 by Bob King
On Monday, May 9 Mercury will make one of its relatively rare transits of the Sun. Get ready for the event by making sure you have access to a telescope and solar filter.
1 Apr , 2016 by Bob King
Two researchers believe that the hypothetical “Planet Nine” may be responsible for cyclic extinctions seen in the biological record.
Extrasolar Planets, News, Planetary Formation, Stellar Evolution
ALMA, a network of radio telescopes, creates the most detailed images ever of a solar system forming around a nearby star.
Asteroids, Astronomy, Comets, Jupiter, News
29 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
Video from Austrian and Irish amateur astronomers points to a new impact on Jupiter by either a comet or asteroid.
Comets, esa, News, Rosetta
25 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
During its recent flyby of Earth, astronomers used the Goldstone radar antenna to create a remarkable series of images of a comet never seen up close before.
esa, ExoMars, Mars, News
24 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
The final booster that sent the ExoMars spacecraft to Mars exploded not long after the two parted. Luckily, the probe appears to be safe.
Astronomy, Ceres, Dawn, Dwarf Planets, News
23 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
New images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal spectacular new details in Ceres’ intriguing “bright spots”.
Astronomy, Mars, News, Observing, Skywatching
14 Mar , 2016 by Bob King
Sneaky Mars creeps up on bright Graffias in Scorpius for a very close conjunction Wednesday morning. Even better, the star is one of the prettiest double stars in the sky.
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