Halley’s Comet ‘Eta Aquarids’ Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight, Best Viewing Wednesday Morning Before Dawn
Halley’s Comet may be on the other side of the solar system, but debris from its trail hit Earth every May as the planet passes through its orbit, and the best viewing of the “Eta Aquarid” meteor shower will be just before dawn on Wednesday May 6th, 2015.
Astronomers at the Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton have discovered three planets described as “supersized Earths” orbiting a star 54 light years away.
Hubble, the world’s first space telescope, was launched April 24, 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Here are 25 of our favorite images from Hubble’s amazing — and continuing — quarter-century mission.
The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled.
A supermoon is ready to take center stage in the night sky this Wednesday, but with a rare twist: it’ll be a new moon.
Google has donated $1 million to a 125-year-old Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton that has been in need of financial support.
An astronomer considers a recent report that indicates advanced life may be routinely destroyed by frequent high-radiation blasts from nearby stars and makes a case that we should still keep searching the sky for signs of intelligence.
StarDate: Supergiant Blast, White Dwarf Collision Could Trigger Bright Supernova Blast Seen Across Universe
One of the giants of the Milky Way stands high overhead at nightfall. Deneb marks the tail of Cygnus, the swan. It’s a supergiant — about 15 times as massive as the Sun, and more than a hundred times as wide. And it shines more than 50,000 times brighter.
Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Peaks Tuesday, 100 Shooting Stars Per Hour Predicted In Perseid Shower
If you thought July 4th’s fireworks were exciting, wait until you see a ball of fire explode overhead in the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, set to peak Tuesday night with 100 shooting stars each hour, and continue for several days afterward.
Watch the sky for the next Supermoon as it shines this Sunday…