Last night (December 17), the moon was full, but it was mostly cloudy here in Chicago, so you may have missed it. It’s not quite as cloudy today (December 18), so we might get the chance to see an almost full moon. Full moons are spectacular in winter, and since the solstice is this Saturday,… Read More Full Moon and Solstice
io9 posts about recent news that the Hubble Telescope found plumes of water erupting near the South Pole of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Europa has long been suspected of having a liquid water ocean underneath the surface, and this discovery seems to indicate that this water is much more accessible from the surface than once thought.… Read More Holy @$#!: Water Eruptions on Europa (io9)
The Juno spacecraft flew by Earth on its way to Jupiter back in October. EarthSky has posted photos Juno took of the Earth-Moon system during the fly-by. In the animation, you see the spinning Earth and the moon sweeping by in its orbit.
I recently posted about Venus. It’s the crazy bright light in the southwest after sunset–the “evening star” that isn’t really a star. Earthsky.org has a nice post explaining why Venus is so bright and why it reaches its peak brightness on December 6.