Mysteries Of Space On Halloween Night

I don’t believe in spirits, but I love the costumes, scary music and all that haunted stuff. I think it’s because Halloween was the ultimate kid holiday — one day a year when you could be wicked and get free candy. We all love a little mystery. It makes us wonder, sends chills up our…
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The Night Is Aglow With Natural Light, Too

What an incredible number of stars. The photo was taken with a Nikon D5 digital SLR and 24 mm lens and shows the Earth at night from orbit, the Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy, 2.5 million light years away. Don’t overlook that delicate, orange rind of light surrounding the planet. That’s airglow, a form…
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Earth Again — Look At Me Shine

Wow, what a cool view. That’s Earth with the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, the very same clusters we see on fall nights from our backyards. On occasion, you’ll catch Jupiter, Mars or another planet pass by these groups but Earth? Only from the perspective of a spacecraft. This time, it’s the recently launched Parker…
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Strange Cloud On Mars Turns Heads

There’s a very cool cloud on Mars right now. It’s downwind of an ancient martian volcano named Arsia Mons. What makes its such a head-turner is that it perfectly mimics a plume from a volcanic eruption. Naturally, it’s become the subject of much online speculation. The European Space Agency’s orbiting Mars Express has been taking…
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Bye-Bye Venus, See You On The Flip Side!

Venus played the part of night light this spring and summer, shining every evening in the western sky. But in the past few weeks it’s drawn closer and closer to the sun until it’s now lost in the solar glare. Farewell friendly planet. We’ve talked about conjunctions before in the context of the moon being…
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