io9 has some beautiful timelapse videos of last week’s Perseid Meteor Shower. Take a few minutes and check them out! Here is one of them:
The skies have cleared in Chicago, and the waxing gibbous moon is in the southern sky after dark. Actually, you can find the moon during the daytime also (look to the southeast in the afternoon). The bright star below and to the right of the moon (on Thursday night) is Antares, the brightest star in… Read More Skywatching: August 15
3. Not bad, really, considering I was only out in my back yard from 10:45 pm to 12:15 am, and the sky was partly cloudy and hazy for the first 45 minutes. And my back yard is by no means dark–though there is one spot where the street lamp from the alley and porch lights… Read More Last Night’s Meteor Count
This Sunday night (into early Monday morning) and the following Monday night (into early Tuesday morning) will be the best opportunities to see the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. What is a meteor shower? When the Earth in its orbit passes through dust left over from a comet, some of that dust enters the atmosphere and… Read More Skywatching: August 11-13 (Meteor Shower)
Monday’s Astronomy Photo of the Day was actually a time-lapse video: A view of Earth as the MESSENGER spacecraft flew by on its way to Mercury 8 years ago.
Today’s Google doodle honors American astronomer Maria Mitchell, 195 years after her birth. Check it out!