Mars at Opposition 2022: The Full Moon Occults Mars Wednesday Night

A rare event transpires Wednesday night, as the Full Moon occults Mars near opposition. Have you checked out Mars lately? The Red Planet currently rides high to the east at dusk, rising as the Sun sets. We call this opposition season, the biannual span when Mars passes closest to the Earth and offers observers optimal … Read more

‘Good Night Oppy’ explores human side of robotic rover’s life on Mars

Ryan White did not set out to make a tearjerker. Yet audiences watching the director’s new documentary, “Good Night Oppy,” (opens in new tab) now streaming on Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab)may want to have tissues ready. “Not a chance in hell did I think this would be as emotional as the final … Read more

Halloween night sky 2022: See Jupiter, Mars and maybe some spooky fireballs

Based on the latest national forecast, skies will be mainly clear on Monday evening across about half of the contiguous (48) United States, as costumed kids arrive at the door looking for candy or some other Halloween treat. A storm system moving north-northeast from the Carolinas will, unfortunately, spread widespread clouds and precipitation across much … Read more

Opportunity Mars rover leader on ‘Good Night Oppy’, giving up Saturn

Steve Squyres had big plans to move to a new planet once the NASA Opportunity Mars rover finished her mission, but that idea got “completely derailed.” That posed trouble (in a good sense) for Squyres, who was a member of the flagship Cassini mission at Saturn and was ready to move to flight operations after … Read more

‘Good Night Oppy’ director talks Opportunity Mars rover (exclusive)

Some robots just refuse to die. Presenting the improbable tale of a little space robot that could, Amazon Original Films is rolling out their inspirational documentary titled “Good Night Oppy” for theatrical release on Nov. 4, prior to its worldwide Prime Video launch on Nov. 23, just in time for a tear-filled family viewing on … Read more

Astronomy For Equity: Building Hope Through the Night Sky

Have you ever attended a star party, where amateur astronomers set up telescopes and invite the public to take a look at the night sky? If so, then you understand and appreciate how much these part-time but incredibly enthusiastic stargazers love to share the wonders of our Universe with others. That type of passion and … Read more

SpaceX trying again Friday night to launch more Starlink satellites – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Starlink 4-34 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 54 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live SpaceX’s launch team will try again Friday night to … Read more

4M Create a Night Sky Projection Kit star projector review

4M Create a Night Sky Projection Kit: Key specs Size: 6.75 x 2.5 x 8.5 inchesBulb Type: LEDRotation: NoSleep timer: NoSpeaker: NoProjection Surface: Not specified We’ve discussed the best binoculars for kids previously, and highlighted the benefits of kids feeling independent and learning about the stars and planets, but what if it’s a cold, cloudy … Read more

Brightest stars in the night sky can strip Neptune-sized planets to their rocky cores

Artist’s concept of a Neptune-sized planet, left, around a blue, A-type star. UC Berkeley astronomers have discovered a hard-to-find gas giant around one of these bright, but short-lived, stars, right at the edge of the hot Neptune desert where the star’s strong radiation likely strips any giant planet of its gas. Credit: Steven Giacalone, UC … Read more

Artificial light at night can change the behavior of all animals

This article was originally published at The Conversation (opens in new tab). The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Theresa Jones (opens in new tab)Associate Professor in Evolution and Behavior, The University of Melbourne Kathryn McNamara (opens in new tab)Post-doctoral research associate, The University of Melbourne As the moon rises on … Read more