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Tears of the Hunter: Our Guide to the 2016 Orionid Meteor Shower


The month of October is upon us this coming weekend, and with it, one of the better annual meteor showers is once again active: the Orionids.

How Can You see the Northern Lights?


The Northern Lights have fascinated human beings for millennia. In fact, their existence has informed the mythology of many cultures, including the Inuit, Northern Cree, and ancient Norse.

Bright Binocular Nova Discovered in Lupus


On September 20, a particular spot in the constellation Lupus the Wolf was blank of any stars brighter than 17.5 magnitude.

Drilling at Unfathomable Alien Landscapes – All in a Day’s Work for Curiosity


Our beyond magnificent Curiosity rover has just finished her latest drilling campaign - at the target called “Quela” - into the simply unfathomable alien landscapes she is currently exploring at the “Murray Buttes” region of lower Mount Sharp.

Why Are Stars Different Colors?


Stars are beautiful, wondrous things. Much like planets, planetoids and other stellar bodies, they come in many sizes, shapes, and even colors.

Bye, Bye Rosetta — We’ll Miss You!


Rosetta awoke from a decade of deep-space hibernation in January 2014 and immediately got to work photographing, measuring and sampling comet 67P/C-G.

What is a Debris Flow?


Landslides constitute one of the most destructive geological hazards in the world today. One of the main reasons for this is because of the high speeds that slides can reach, up to 160 km/hour (100 mph).

Big Breach In 2nd Stage Helium System Likely Triggered Catastrophic Falcon 9 Explosion: SpaceX


Investigators have determined that a “large breach” in the second stage helium system likely triggered the catastrophic Falcon 9 launch pad explosion that suddenly destroyed the rocket and Israeli commercial payload during a routine fueling test three weeks ago, SpaceX announced today, Friday, Sept.

How Can We Save The Sun?


Remember the movie Sunshine, where astronomers learn that the Sun is dying? So a plucky team of astronauts take a nuclear bomb to the Sun, and try to jump-start it with a massive explosion.

More than 100 km of Liquid Water Beneath Pluto’s Surface


What lies beneath Pluto’s icy heart? New research indicates there could be a salty “Dead Sea”-like ocean more than 100 kilometers thick.

Approval For NASA Authorization Bill


On Sept. 15th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation met to consider legislation formally introduced by a bipartisan group of senators.

Weekly Space Hangout – Sept 23, 2016: Dr. Frank Timmes and Online Astronomy Education

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guests: Dr. Frank Timmes is an astrophysicist at Arizona State University and will be discussing online astronomy education.

Five New Neptunian Trojans Discovered


The Solar System is filled with what are known as Trojan Asteroids - objects that share the orbit of a planet or larger moon.

Hubble Detects A Planet Around Binary Star System


Binary stars are common throughout the galaxy, as it has been estimated about half the stars in our sky consist of two stars orbiting each other.

How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station


China's first space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to fall to Earth sometime in late 2017. We’ve known for several months that the orbital demise of the 8-metric ton space station was only a matter of time.

NASA Targets ‘Return to Flight’ of Upgraded Antares for mid- October for Station Resupply


NASA is targeting mid-October for the ‘Return to Flight’ launch of the upgraded Orbital ATK Antares rocket on a cargo mission to resupply the International Space Station.

Hubble’s Surprising Find On Europa To Be Announced By NASA Monday


NASA will make a "surprising" announcement about Jupiter's moon Europa on Monday, Sept. 26th, at 2:00 PM EDT.

Occultation Palooza: The Moon Covers Aldebaran and More


This week, we thought we'd try an experiment for tonight's occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon. As mentioned, we're expanding the yearly guide for astronomical events for the year in 2017.

Musk Looks Confidently Past Mars With Interplanetary Transport System


For Elon Musk, it's always been about Mars. Musk, and his company SpaceX, haven't always been explicit about how exactly they'll get to Mars.

Stellar Ghosts: Understanding Our Origins


Our sky is blanketed in a sea of stellar ghosts; all potential phantoms that have been dead for millions of years and yet we don’t know it yet.


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