Watch Ultima Thule Spins Like A Propeller In New Animation

It’s time to bring back those propeller beanies that kids used to wear. Let’s do it if only to celebrate the success of NASA’s Ultima Thule mission. We still don’t have the close-up photos yet, but this little animation shows the propeller-like rotation of Ultima Thule across 9 hours between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.…
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Total Lunar Eclipse Coming This Sunday Night

You won’t want to miss Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse. If you do, the next one won’t be till May 26, 2021. The eclipse takes place between about 9:10 p.m. (Central Time), when we’ll see the first hint of the Earth’s outer shadow darken the moon’s edge, until 1:15 the next morning, when the moon…
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Live The Moon Through Chang’e 4’s Eyes With New Panorama And Landing Video

It’s the next best thing to being there. Eight days after safely landing on the lunar far side, China’s Chang’e 4 lander took this first panoramic postcard of its landing site in von Kármán Crater. Look around and you’ll see numerous crater pits, hills on the horizon and the Jade Rabbit 2 rover. Interesting thing…
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Mysterious Radio Bursts Have Astronomers Scratching Their Chins

Animation illustrating the random appearance of Fast Radio Bursts on the sky. Credit: NRAO Outreach/T. Jarrett (IPAC/Caltech); B. Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF From the mountains of British Columbia comes news of powerful bursts of radio energy from deep space. Astronomers estimate that thousands of these enigmatic lights scintillate across the sky, but they’re so fast and random…
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A Bounty Of Beautiful Conjunctions

Tonight, if it’s clear at your place, you can look up and see a thick crescent moon hanging below the planet Mars. Mars is our only bright evening planet right now. The others — Venus and Jupiter — are visible on the other side of the sky at dawn. The lunar crescent and Red Planet…
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