Astronomy

January 12, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope Has Enough Fuel to Stay in Space for 20 Years

We're just at the beginning of its mission, but thus far everything is going smoothly for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). After being propelled into space on Christmas Day from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, JWST has been making impressive moves. At a recent press conference to celebrate the telescope's successful mirror deployment, the public also learned that JWST may be around for longer than originally thought.

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January 10, 2022

Photographer Captures Sight of “Christmas Comet” Before It Leaves Our Solar System Forever

For someone who calls himself a “normal guy with a telescope,” photographer Andrew McCarthy captures some truly awe-inspiring images. On December 26, 2021, McCarthy went into his backyard in Florence, Arizona, and snapped sights of Comet Leonard—aka the Christmas Comet—as it tore through the sky. One of the resulting photographs is an up-close look at the comet as it displays a brilliant streak of color surrounded by a pitch-black backdrop with faintly glittering stars.

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December 20, 2021

Spectacular Time-Lapse Footage Taken by World’s First Spacecraft To “Touch the Sun”

NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently made history by flying into the Sun's atmosphere. By “touching the Sun,” the spacecraft is bringing us a plethora of new information about this central part of our solar system. While passing through the Sun's corona, Parker took pictures of structures called coronal streamers, which are typically only seen by us on Earth during a solar eclipse. Now, those images have been transformed into a fascinating time-lapse.

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November 23, 2021

Astrophotographer Captures Full Sequence of Longest Partial Eclipse in Over 500 Years

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy has once again wowed us with his incredible work. His latest photograph was taken during the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century. As usual, he went the extra mile and stayed up until 4 a.m. in order to shoot thousands of images, which he then transformed into a stunning composite photo. The final result is a rich, detailed look at the entire sequence of the lunar eclipse.

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