Post by: David Dickinson
Astronomy, Moon, Observing, Skywatching
7 Apr , 2016 by David Dickinson
The Moon occults the bright star Aldebaran on the evening of April 10th for North America, and, for a lucky few a few days earlier, asteroid 4 Vesta as well.
Astronomy, Moon, Observing, Skywatching, Venus
30 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
Up for a challenge? The Moon occults Venus for Europe, the UK and northern Asia on April 6th, though it’ll be a tough daytime catch. Get ready to stretch those visual skills to the limit, with our complete guide to this event.
Astronomy, History, Mars
27 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
The close call experienced by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is only one of the most recent brushes with catastrophe that spaceflight has experienced en route to Mars.
Astronomy, Eclipses, Moon, Observing, Skywatching
22 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
The first Full Moon after the vernal equinox not only sets us up for Easter this weekend, but features an extra treat: a penumbral lunar eclipse.
Astronomy, Comets, Observing, Skywatching
17 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
This week presents observational astronomers with two surprise treats, as Comet 252P/LINEAR brightens and heads north, and the second closest passage of a comet to the Earth occurs on March 21st.
Astronomy, Eclipses, NASA, Observing, Skywatching
9 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
Reader images for today’s amazing total solar eclipse from across the Pacific: the only total solar eclipse in 2016, and the last one prior to the return of totality to the United States on August 21st, 2017.
Astronomy, Eclipses, Observing, Skywatching
8 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
Our complete guide to the only total solar eclipse for 2016. With maps, webcasts, predictions and more.
Astronomy, Jupiter, Moon, Observing, Skywatching
1 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
Get ready for Jupiter’s opposition for the year, with our complete guide to observing the largest planet in 2016.
Astronomy, Black Holes, History
25 Feb , 2016 by David Dickinson
Now that Advanced LIGO has made the first direct detection of gravitational waves, what does the future of gravitational wave astronomy hold in store?
Astronomy, Jupiter, Observing, Skywatching
23 Feb , 2016 by David Dickinson
Opposition season 2016 for Jupiter kicks off with a great series of double shadow transits of the Galilean Moons.
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