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Mars Doubles in Brightness
Mars Doubles in Brightness - The red planet, already intense, is about to get much brighter. Step outside tonight around midnight and look east. About halfway up the sky you'll see the planet Mars. It looks like an intense red star, the brightest light in the midnight sky other than the Moon. Here's the amazing part: Between now and the end of October, Mars, already so bright, will double in brightness again.
The Bar at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy
With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the most comprehensive structural analysis of our galaxy and have found tantalizing new evidence that the Milky Way is much different from your ordinary spiral galaxy. The survey using the orbiting infrared telescope provides the fine details of a long central bar feature that distinguishes the Milky Way from more pedestrian spiral galaxies.
NASA Discovers a New Planet - Planet X
Literally Planet X, especially if you use Roman numerals. NASA scientists have discovered a 10th planet in our solar system. The planet, larger than Pluto, was discovered using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif. The discovery was announced today by planetary scientist Dr. Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., whose research is partly funded by NASA.
Close Approach of Mars in 2005 - Mars & Earth Close on Octeber 31 2005
It is possible you've received an email which says that Mars will be closer to Earth in August than it has in 27,000 years. Sorry, that was 2 years ago, you're reading a recycled email. This year's closest approach will be October, and although it will be spectacular, it is not a record breaker. So, why are we getting closer to Mars? Imagine two cars on a race track. If one is closer to the center of the track and traveling faster, it will eventully catch up to and pass the outer car.
Total Lunar Eclipse: October 27-28, 2004 - Last Eclipse of 2004
The last eclipse of 2004 occurs on the evening of Wednesday, October 27 - in Europe, it occurs during the early morning hours of Thursday, October 28. This event is a total eclipse of the Moon which will be visible from North & South America as well as Europe, Africa & Antarctica. During such an eclipse, the Moon's disk can take on a dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown & very dark gray.
Orionids Meteor Shower
The last time Halley's comet visited Earth, in 1986, many observers were disappointed because the famous comet was barely visible to the naked eye. Comet Halley isn't officially scheduled to visit Earth again until 2061 when it swings through the inner solar system on its 76-year orbit, but fans of Halley can see bits and pieces of the comet each year during the annual Orionids meteor shower. Orionids Meteor Shower - See Remnants of Halley's Comet In the Orionids Meteor Shower
2004 Oct 14: Partial Solar Eclipse
The second solar eclipse of 2004 is visible from the northern hemisphere. Northeastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean and parts of Alaska will fall within the Moon's penumbral shadow (See Figure). Greatest eclipse takes place at 02:59:18 UT when the eclipse magnitude will reach 0.9270.
Blue Moon - What Is a Blue Moon? - Will We See a Blue Moon?
Once in a blue moon. You have probably heard this expression before. It usually means not very often. But, is there really such a thing as a blue moons? Well, yes, but it’s probably not what you may think, and it’s definitely not what it used to be.
Venus Planetary Transit - June 8, 2004 Venus Planetary Transit
On June 8, 2004, the next planetary transit of Venus will occur, our first chance to see one since 1882. The next time we'll see one will be in 2012. A Transit, or passage of a planet in front of the Sun, could be considered a special kind of eclipse. Unlike the events we normally call eclipses, though, a planetary transit does not block a very large portion of the Sun's light.
Perseid Meteor Shower - A Spectacular Astronomy Fireworks Show
April showers bring May flowers, they say, so, what does a shower in August bring? Meteors. The Perseid Meteor Shower, to be exact. Astronomy news on the Perseid Meteor Shower.
New Observatory Rises On South African Mountaintop
A new observatory that promises to give Wisconsin astronomers unique access to the southern sky is now a prominent feature on a remote South African plateau. Learn astronomy news dealing with the SALT Observatory.
Mars Closest To Earth in 50,000 Years
August of 2003 was a special time for scientists and amateur astronomers. Mars moved closer than it's been in 50,000 years. On August 27, 2003, the "red planet" was less than 55.76 million kilometers away from the Earth. That sounds like a huge distance, but in stellar terms, that's a stone's throw. Just six months before, Mars was about five times that distance.
Lunar Eclipse May 2003
Thursday, May 15, 2003 (in Europe, the early morning hours of Friday, May 16, 2003) saw the first Lunar eclipse of 2003. This total eclipse was visible from North and South America as well as Europe, Africa, and Antarctica. Astronomy news about the 2003 Lunar Eclipse.
Does Asteroid 2002 NT7 Or Others Pose Danger to Earth?
Is life imitating art? If you watched either of the 1998 movies Deep Impact or Armageddon, you may have an idea of the future that faces Earth... Or not. Astronomy news about the threat of asteroid collision.