astronomy

What Does Space Research Cost the Earth?

What Does Space Research Cost the Earth?

In our efforts to learn more about space, we may be harming our own planet.  A new paper published in Nature Astronomy on Monday estimated the greenhouse gas emissions from all space-and-land-based astronomical research. It found that current research infrastructure has a carbon footprint of around 20 million metric tons (approximately 22 million U.S. tons) […]

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    How to Watch the ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse This Week

    How to Watch the ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse This Week

    Happening just after the “supermoon, red blood moon, lunar eclipse” last month, astronomy lovers can get excited for another celestial event on June 10 — the “ring of fire” solar eclipse. Those living in northern and eastern sections of North America will be able to witness the eclipse as it overlaps with the sunrise, according […]

    Bright ‘Fireball’ Meteor Seen Over Vermont

    Bright ‘Fireball’ Meteor Seen Over Vermont

    People across New England witnessed a dramatic celestial event Sunday night. A bright meteor known as a “fireball” streaked across the sky over northern Vermont and made a loud banging noise when it entered the atmosphere, the Burlington Free Press reported. “I actually thought my apartment was being knocked off its foundation,” one resident of […]

    2021: What Astronomical and Space Events Await Us This Year?

    2021: What Astronomical and Space Events Await Us This Year?

    By Dirk Lorenzen 2021 begins as a year of Mars. Although our red planetary neighbor isn’t as prominent as it was last autumn, it is still noticeable with its characteristic reddish color in the evening sky until the end of April. In early March, Mars shines close to the star cluster Pleiades in the constellation […]

    What Is the Summer Solstice? An Astronomer Explains

    What Is the Summer Solstice? An Astronomer Explains

    By Stephen Schneider The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth’s people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. People around the world traditionally observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and Fête de la Musique […]

    What’s Happening in the Night Sky in 2020?

    What’s Happening in the Night Sky in 2020?

    By Dirk Lorenzen 2020 will be the year of Mars. The red planet will approach Earth in early October to within 62 million kilometers. Four space agencies are set to take advantage of this close encounter and send spacecraft to Mars. The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its ExoMars rover on a Russian Proton […]

    September Astronomical Highlights: Andromeda Galaxy and a Comet

    September Astronomical Highlights: Andromeda Galaxy and a Comet

    By Kelly Kizer Whitt Relief from the heat of summer and long days baking in the sun is on its way. The Northern Hemisphere’s fall equinox occurs on Sept. 22 at 6:54 P.M. PDT. The harvest moon—the full moon that comes closest to the equinox—is just two nights later, on Sept. 24 at 7:53 P.M. […]

    August Astronomical Highlights: Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

    August Astronomical Highlights: Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

    By Kelly Kizer Whitt August is the time to sit back, relax and enjoy the free show overhead. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific annual meteor showers and the only one that occurs in the summer. The Perseids can produce up to 100 meteors an hour at their peak, which is […]