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Friday, February 23A Full Moon rises opposite the setting Sun this evening, riding into the sky beneath the body of Leo the Lion. Luna sits within 3° of the lion’s bright heart, Regulus, a 1st-magnitude star that lies close to the ecliptic plane that the Moon and planets follow through our sky. In fact, theContinue reading "The Sky This Week from February 23 to March 1: Catch a chilly Full Snow Moon"
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For millennia, Full Moons have wielded a magnetic charm. This monthly event has been the inspiration behind myths, tales, traditions, and even farming. We’ll update this article multiple times each week with the latest moonrise, moonset, Full Moon schedule, and what you can see in the sky each week. The Full Moon in February 2024Continue reading "2024 Full Moon calendar: Dates, times, types, and names"
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In 1987, astronomers had an incredible front-row seat to a cosmic event that maybe isn’t rare, but rarely happens near us. Just 168,000 light-years away, on February 23 of that year, a star in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the largest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, exploded. This happened when the star’s core collapsed intoContinue reading "JWST’s new look at Supernova 1987A reveals a neutron star"
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OK, you want to view the Sun or an eclipse, but you don’t have an approved solar filter for your telescope. Maybe you don’t even have a telescope. No problem! I’ll bet you have a cardboard box. That and a few common supplies will let you build a pinhole camera/viewer that you can use toContinue reading "How to make a pinhole camera for the 2024 eclipse"
Note: This post contains affiliate links. When you buy a product through the links on this page, we may earn a commission. Finding the right telescope within your budget can be difficult whether you’re a novice stargazer or an experienced astronomer seeking to dive deeper into the cosmos. This buyer’s guide is here to help.Continue reading "The best telescopes for every budget"
Within the next few decades, NASA aims to land humans on the Moon, set up a lunar colony and use the lessons learned to send people to Mars as part of its Artemis program. While researchers know that space travel can stress space crew members both physically and mentally and test their ability to work togetherContinue reading "Isolation and annoying co-workers: Solving the stress of a trip to Mars"
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Astronomical equipment has come a long way in the first two decades of the 21st century, and Vaonis provides an instrument that sets a new standard for observing and astrophotography. Its name, Vespera, derives from the Latin vesper, meaning “evening.” This little instrument is the sister to Vaonis’ larger flagship scope, Stellina, which was builtContinue reading "Vaonis’ Vespera smart scope reviewed"
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the long-lived Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have been providing amazing images to earthbound viewers for some time now. Along with other instruments, these telescopes have fueled a new enthusiasm for state-of-the-art astronomical images. Capturing your own portraits of the cosmos has also become easier over the last decade.Continue reading "The Unistellar eQuinox 2 scope reviewed"
When NASA attempted to return to the Moon for the first time in 50 years on Jan. 8, more was at risk than just $108 million worth of development and equipment. The agency earned the ire of the Native American Navajo people, who made a bid to stop the launch because of an unusual inclusion inContinue reading "You can pay to have your ashes buried on the Moon. Should you?"
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It’s unlikely falling space junk will destroy property or kill a person. Petrovich9/iStock via Getty Images (Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2021. Astronomy.com has updated it today, Feb. 21, 2024, because of the re-entry and burn-up of the European Space Agency’s ERS-2 satellite. You can read more on the event here onContinue reading "Space law protects you if a satellite falls on your house"
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The full Moon splits the Sickle, the dawn Moon occults Antares, the zodiacal light is at its evening best, and carnivore constellations stand up from the northeast to the south.
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Odysseus has become the first mission of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services program to soft-land on the Moon.
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After decades of debate, James Webb Space Telescope observations provide firm evidence of a neutron star inside the 1987A supernova remnant.
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In a new study, astronomers have identified a quasar more luminous and voracious than any found to date.
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Standard cosmological scenarios might not explain the breadth of a newly discovered cosmic structure.
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The Moon waxes from first quarter to full this week, traveling from the Pleiades past the not-quite-twin heads of Gemini to the Sickle of Leo. The Big Dipper and Cassiopeia stand in balance. Venus meets Mars low in the dawn.
New observations of a neutron star in the Milky Way's center shed light on what makes mysterious fast radio bursts.
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Results from a brand-new high-energy observatory are rocking the field of cosmology. In particular, a study of more than 5,000 galaxy clusters relieves tension in the standard cosmological model.
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