Astronomy

May 23, 2022

Astrophysics Grad Takes Epic Graduation Photo Under a Total Lunar Eclipse

On the day of Vincent Ledvina’s college graduation, the stars aligned to create a truly spectacular photo. Well, it wasn't the stars as much as it was the Moon and the Earth; an awe-inspiring total lunar eclipse happened on the same day as his ceremony. For about 85 minutes on Sunday, May 15, 2022, the Moon was completely in Earth’s shadow and transformed into a reddish-orange orb.

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May 13, 2022

Scientists Reveal First Photo of the Black Hole in the Center of Our Galaxy

Three years ago, the public was finally able to see the first photo of a black hole. Now, a group of over 300 researchers from 80 global institutions have come together to produce the first image of the black hole that sits at the center of our own galaxy. This black hole, known as Sagittarius A* or Sgr A*, sits 27,000 light-years away from Earth in the Milky Way.

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April 18, 2022

Rare Once-in-a-Lifetime ‘Great North American Solar Eclipse’ Will Happen in 2024

What are your plans for April 8, 2024? Mark your calendars now because in two years a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event will pass over the United States. The Great North American Solar Eclipse—a total lunar solar eclipse—will cut a path of fleeting shadow from Mexico to Canada. The event will be viewable from most of the contiguous 48 U.S. states (aka the Lower 48)

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March 24, 2022

Listen to the Beautiful Sounds of NASA Discovering Over 5,000 Exoplanets Since 1992

When Star Trek referred to space as the final frontier for the first time in 1966, the shows creators, cast, and viewers had no true conception of just how much lay out in the universe, waiting to be discovered. Our solar system—filled with eight planets and Pluto—defined the known range of planets. However, since 1992, advancing telescope technology has allowed NASA and astronomers around the world to discover exoplanets outside of our system.

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