Don’t miss!!! On Monday, May 30, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years and it will shine 10 times brighter than it did at the start of 2016.
A rare and amazing astronomical event is set to take place Monday, May 9th. Mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system, will pass directly between the Sun and Earth, and thus it will partially eclipse the sun. This event is called the transit of Mercury and it is the biggest and rarest astronomical events of 2016 — only happens 14 times in 100 years.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 the sun, Earth and Jupiter are lined up in a straight line with Earth in the middle, thus means that Jupiter and the sun will be on opposite sides of the sky, when sun sets in the west, Jupiter will rise in the east. The phenomena is called Jupiter opposition.
For the last few months, many blogs and web publications are baseless saying that a devastating asteroid will hit Earth and cause massive destruction next month, some time between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015.
It was nicknamed ‘Dark Knight’, the ‘Black Knight’, TrES-2b was also been described as ‘the darkest planet in the universe’ because it reflects so little light.
This June, skywatchers will have an opportunity to observe in the western sky — less than an hour after sunset — the two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus the brightest planet, and Jupiter as they are going to converge for a jaw-dropping close encounter.
Some of seventeenth century’s greatest astronomers, including Hevelius — the father of lunar cartography — and Cassini, carefully documented the appearance of a new star in the skies in 1670. Hevelius described it as nova sub capite Cygni — a new star below the head of the Swan.
On February 6, 2015, Jupiter comes closest to Earth on its opposition date, coming to within 404 million miles (650 million kilometers) of Earth. Earth passes more or less between the sun and Jupiter, placing Jupiter opposite the sun in our sky. Astronomers call this event an opposition of Jupiter.
Minutes before the sun dawned on the coast of central California on Saturday 31 Jan, NASA looked to the skies, and launched a critical part of its Earth Sciences mission into Low-Earth Orbit. As floods make their way through parts of the country, and as a historic drought continues to punish the farmlands, scientists will now be able to more accurately observe and monitor moisture levels within the land itself, through an orbiting observatory named SMAP.