Astronomy

August 9, 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower Promises to Give a Spectacular Show This Weekend

Astronomy lovers are in for a treat this weekend, when the annual Perseid meteor shower creates a spectacular display in the night sky. From August 10 to August 13, the meteor shower will be at its peak and 2018 should be one of the best and brightest displays in years. The Perseids, which received their name as they appear to hail from within the Perseus constellation, are meteors created from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

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July 26, 2018

Scientists Discover Large Underground Lake on Mars

Researchers have made an incredible breakthrough when it comes to understanding Mars, with evidence pointing toward the existence of a large lake on the red planet's south pole. In a recent study, using data collected between 2012 and 2015 by the MARSIS radar, a group of Italian scientists concluded that there is a 12.4 mile-wide body of water sitting beneath a large glacier on Mars.

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April 23, 2018

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Celebrates Its 28th Birthday With a Spectacular Photo

In honor of its 28th birthday, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has beamed down two different images of the incredible Lagoon Nebula. Even after 163,000 orbits around the planet and over a million photos, the Hubble never fails to impress. The images are a reminder of just how much insight the instrument has given us since it was first launched on April 24, 1990.

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January 23, 2018

NASA’s DIY Moon Calendar Shows the Moon Phase on Any Day of the Year

Ever wonder when the next supermoon or lunar eclipse will be taking place? Whether you're an astrophotographer or simply an astronomy lover, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has made it easy to discover the phases of the moon with a clever DIY project. Their Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator is a fun project that only requires a printer, scissors, a hole punch, some tape, and a brass fastener to complete.

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