NASA recently celebrated the Opportunity rover’s tenth year on Mars. And it is still doing science today.
As I noted earlier, Venus and Jupiter are coming together in the night sky. Watch NASA’s ScienceCast video for more information.
Venus, the second planet from the Sun, is a dazzling sight in the southwest after sunset. Burning like a silver flame, it outshines all the stars in the night sky as well as all the planets in the Solar System. One reason it is so bright is that it is relatively close to us, though… Read More Venus, Burning Like a Silver Flame
Observed on February 2, 2012, approximately 6:00 pm We’ve had a few clear nights this week in Chicago, and the mild winter gave me another opportunity for an early evening run. As I jogged around the streets of Chicago, I could not help but notice the bright string of lights stretching across the sky in… Read More Lights on a String
Observed on September 12, 2011, approximately 8:30 pm CDT This is a continuation of Patio Stargazing. It has been very cloudy, cool, and rainy in Chicago over the last week. In other words, it’s been impossible to see the night sky. It feels like we skipped Early Fall and moved right into Late Fall. Nonetheless,… Read More Night Two (Pt. 2): More Summer Triangle
Observed on September 12, 2011, approximately 8:30 pm CDT This past Monday night (September 12) was beautiful in Chicago. Temperatures were warm but not humid, and the breeze was light. It had the feel of summer’s last hurrah. In other words, it was the perfect evening to dine outdoors, which is exactly what my husband… Read More Night Two (Pt. 1): Patio Stargazing