Astronomy News

NASA Breaking News:

  • International Space Station Crew Invites Public Along for Photographic Trip Around World
    on October 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik will spend one full orbit photographing Earth from the International Space Station on Monday, Oct. 23, and he is inviting people around the globe to share images from their Earth-side vantage point on social media. […]

  • NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Sentinel-6A Mission
    on October 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. […]

  • NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Landsat 9 Mission
    on October 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. The mission is currently targeted for a contract launch date of June 2021, while protecting for the ability to launch as early as December 2020, on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air For […]

  • Georgia Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station
    on October 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Students at New Prospect Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia, will speak with the NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 10:50 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 23. […]

  • NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
    on October 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. […]

Sky & Telescope Observing  News:

  • Orionid Meteors Max Out Sunday, Zodiacal Light Returns
    by Bob King on October 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    See what cosmic dust can do! Head outside this weekend for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower and an eyeful of zodiacal light. The post Orionid Meteors Max Out Sunday, Zodiacal Light Returns appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Busy Skies Ahead: Comets, a Supernova, and a Dramatic Regulus Occultation
    by Bob King on October 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    What's your pleasure when it comes to observing? Comets? Supernovae? Occultations? Get a sample of each and more in the upcoming week. The post Busy Skies Ahead: Comets, a Supernova, and a Dramatic Regulus Occultation appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Venus and Mars Kiss at Dawn
    by Bob King on October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Be sure to set the alarm so you don't miss the squeaky-tight conjunction of Venus and Mars Thursday morning. They'll stay close through the weekend. The post Venus and Mars Kiss at Dawn appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

Sky & Telescope News :

  • New High-End Search for Lunar Impacts
    by Kelly Beatty on October 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    A professional observatory in Greece has begun recording flashes created when bits of interplanetary debris strike the Moon. The post New High-End Search for Lunar Impacts appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Orionid Meteors Max Out Sunday, Zodiacal Light Returns
    by Bob King on October 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    See what cosmic dust can do! Head outside this weekend for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower and an eyeful of zodiacal light. The post Orionid Meteors Max Out Sunday, Zodiacal Light Returns appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Surprising Science from Cassini’s Grand Finale
    by Kelly Beatty on October 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    You'd think scientists would have Saturn all figured out after watching it up close for 13 years. They don't. The post Surprising Science from Cassini’s Grand Finale appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

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Stardate Podcast:

  • Protecting Earth
    by McDonald Observatory on October 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

    When a double asteroid swings close to Earth in 2024, it just might get a nasty reception. NASA is studying a mission that would slam a […]

  • Tracking Trouble
    by McDonald Observatory on October 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    A small asteroid will pass about 30,000 miles from Earth late tonight. Astronomers are tracking it to learn more about the asteroid and its […]

  • Catching Showers
    by McDonald Observatory on October 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Several well-known meteor showers punctuate this month’s night skies. Most of them produce only a handful of “shooting […]

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