An Eta Aquariid meteor (centre) along with comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) in the background, photographed during the 2020 Eta Aquariid shower.
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Each year, the Earth runs through a broad river of dust surrounding Comet Halley – giving birth to the spectacular Eta Aquariid meteor shower.
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The Orion Star Count 2022 calls on us to go outside and count the stars of Orion.
April 26 is the first supermoon of the year.
The red planet.
There are some great opportunities to see the planet travelling across the night skies.
A shooting star during the Perseid meteor shower. Soon, thousands of satellites will crowd the night sky.
SpaceX’s satellites will populate the night sky, affecting how we observe the stars. And this is just the beginning of private satellite mega-constellations.
With the proper equipment, you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky.
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COVID-19 may have messed up school and shut down a lot of entertainment venues. But you can still brighten things up by doing a little stargazing at night, an astronomer says.
Light trails left in the sky (photographed with a long exposure time), by Starlink satellites, seen from New Mexico, USA.
By 2025 Elon Musk wants to launch 12,000 satellites and corner the global Internet market. What will be lost is earth-based astronomy, the idea that space belongs to us all and the beauty of a starry sky.
Two lenses might be better than one.
There’s really no reason you can’t use binoculars to look into space – and in fact astronomers have been working on doing so for a long time.
Dark sky sites can inspire new generations of stargazers, but a better long-term solution would be connecting people with the night sky where they live.
The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps?
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Around the world and throughout history, we find remarkably similar constellations defined by disparate cultures, as well as strikingly similar narratives describing the relationships between them.
The panel of 60 Starlink satellites just before they were released to go into orbit around Earth.
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The first 60 satellites from Elon Musk’s planned low orbit internet network have lit up the skies. But with more planned, astronomers say the satellites could ruin their work.
A comet-gazing opportunity to close out the year.
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A bright comet visible in December provides an excellent viewing opportunity for night sky lovers – even potentially with the naked eye.
The other galaxies are there, but they are hiding a very long way away.
We are in the Milky Way. If you travelled on an extremely fast spaceship for more than two million years, you would reach our neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy. All other galaxies are even further away.
About a century ago, we didn’t even know that galaxies existed.
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Pretty much as soon as we understood what galaxies were, we realised they are all moving away from each other. And the ones that are further away are moving faster. In short, the universe is expanding.
The ISS sees us on Earth, but look up at night and you may see it, too.
A couple thousand satellites are orbiting Earth right now. Under the right conditions, your naked eye can spot these human-made objects in the night sky.
As long as clouds don’t get in the way, the view should be spectacular.
A bunch of uncommon things all happening at the same time mean this full moon will have some special attributes.
An artist’s impression of some of the thousands of exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
A Darwin mechanic’s success in the hunt for new exoplanets shows how amateur and professional scientists can work together on new research.
Astronomers predict the existence of Planet 9 based on data collected in the outer Solar System.
To help find Planet 9, you just need a computer and a little astronomy knowledge. Already, 120,000 images have been processed by citizen scientists in just 3 days.
Enjoy the full moon’s glow.
Full moons are good reason to look up – and the one on Nov. 14 is no exception. But here’s why you likely won’t see something shockingly different from other full moons you’ve observed over the years.
All is not calm in the cosmos.
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Stargazing seems such a quiet, calm activity. But whether our eyes can see or not, those stars out there are in constant flux. Time-domain astronomy studies how cosmic objects change with time.