Night sky guide for January 2012

Night sky guide for January 2012

January brings us striking views of the night skies! You’ll be able to see well known constellations during the long hours of darkness in the Northern hemisphere, with crisp cold skies. This is an ideal time to get out and look at the wonders of the night sky as t

All 7 planets in the night sky this week

All 7 planets in the night sky this week

This week presents a rare opportunity to see all the major planets of the solar system in a single night.SetupJust after sunset tonight (Dec. 21) the two brightest planets will be shining, weather permitting. Venus, the brightest, rides low in the southwest just

Bright lights in the evening sky: Venus & Jupiter

Bright lights in the evening sky: Venus & Jupiter

The two intensely bright “stars” in the night sky tonight are a pair of dazzling planets: Venus and Jupiter as bright lights outshining all stars right now. If you have clear skies overhead, you should be able to spot these eye-catching worlds with your naked

MSL/Curiosity looks like comet while traveling toward Mars

MSL/Curiosity looks like comet while traveling toward Mars

Astronomers at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium in Australia took incredible time-lapse video . The sequence shows a plume drifting against the background stars, probably caused by venting from the Centaur rocket stage that sent the Mars Science

Curiosity Rover launches to Mars

Curiosity Rover launches to Mars

NASA has launched its next Mars rover, kicking off a long-awaited mission to investigate whether the Red Planet could ever have hosted microbial life.The Curiosity rover blasted off atop its Atlas 5 rocket today (Nov. 26) at 10:02 a.m. EST (1502 GMT), streaking

Jupiter in opposition closeup and a transiting Great Red Spot

Jupiter in opposition closeup and a transiting Great Red Spot

Jupiter has been putting on quite a show in the night sky lately as it officially reached opposition on October 28, 2011, making it a target of many astrophotographers as the gas giant shows itself off big and bright in the night sky. This animation from amateur

Bright spot spotted on Uranus

Bright spot spotted on Uranus

According to various sources, a bright spot – possibly a developing storm – has been spotted on Uranus.Professional observers on October 27 reported a very bright cloud on Uranus, using the Gemini telescope, and need amateur confirmation if possible, to obta

Jupiter at opposition to the Sun

Jupiter at opposition to the Sun

Jupiter will take center stage in the sky this month as it nears opposition to the sun. At opposition, expected on Oct. 29, Jupiter shines opposite the sun in our sky.  Jupiter will rise in the eastern sky at sunset, stay out all night long and set in the west at

Sun blasted CME toward Mars

Sun blasted CME toward Mars

A bright CME blasted off the sun on Oct. 22nd, and it appears to be heading for Mars. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab expect the cloud to reach the Red Planet on Oct. 26th (forecast track). A brief discussion of what CMEs can do to Mars follows this SOHO

Significant CME heading toward Mars

Significant CME heading toward Mars

A significant CME blasted off the sun today, Oct. 22nd, around 1100 UT. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say the cloud is heading for Mars, due to hit the Red Planet on Oct. 26th.  (movie, forecast track)While looking at the latest STEREO Ahead images,