Observatories

Stunning Amateur Timelapse of Jupiter ‘Re-enacts’ Voyager Flyby

by Nancy Atkinson June 17, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Back in the 1970′s when NASA launched the two Voyager spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, I remember being mesmerized by a movie created from Voyager 1 images of the movement of the clouds in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Voyager 1 began […]

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An Astronomical Eloping: How Rare is a “Friday the 13th Honey Moon?”

by David Dickinson June 11, 2014

Ah, Friday the 13th. Whether you fear it or it’s just your favorite slasher flick, it’s coming right around the bend later this week. And while it’s pretty much a non-event as far as astronomy is concerned, there’s bound to be some woo in the works, because the June Full Moon — dubbed the “Honey […]

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Discovered: Two New Planets for Kapteyn’s Star

by David Dickinson June 4, 2014

The exoplanet discoveries have been coming fast and furious this week, as astronomers announced a new set of curious worlds this past Monday at the ongoing American Astronomical Society’s 224th Meeting being held in Boston, Massachusetts. Now, chalk up two more worlds for a famous red dwarf star in our own galactic neck of the […]

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This Was the Best Watched Solar Flare Ever

by Jason Major May 7, 2014

Are giant dragons flying out of the Sun? No, this is much more awesome than that: it’s an image of an X-class flare that erupted from active region 2017 on March 29, as seen by NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft. It was not only IRIS’s first view of such a powerful flare, but […]

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Watch: New Documentary Follows the Hunt for Gravitational Waves

by Nancy Atkinson April 21, 2014

A newly released documentary brings you behind the scenes in the hunt for gravitational waves. The 20-minute film, called “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding,” follows the scientists working to create one of the most powerful scientific tools ever made: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO). You can watch the documentary above. Remove this ad Nancy […]

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