Tag: astronomy

Watch The Mercury Transit Across The Sun VIDEO

For more than seven hours on Monday, Mercury will appear as a black dot on the face of the sun in an event that happens only about 13 times per century. For the first time in 10 years, Earth-dwellers can watch the planetary event, which started at about 7 a.m. ET. Astronomers caution that those…

Watch The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Tonight

If you were wondering What is a Blood Moon? A Blood Moon is sometimes used to describe a Total Lunar Eclipse. When the Earth casts its shadow on a Full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow. Lunar Tetrad Total lunar eclipses are rare – only about one in three lunar…

Large asteroid to pass within moon’s orbit on Wednesday

An asteroid at least as big as the one that blew up over Russia last year is coming within the orbit of the moon on Wednesday. Astronomers say there’s no chance it’ll hit us, but you just might be able to watch it zoom by online. The space rock known as 2014 DX110 is due…

Partial Solar Eclipse Lights Up The US East Coast Sky Sunday

A rare solar eclipse was seen by millions at sunrise on Sunday morning. The display was seen on across the east coast of the United States as far west as eastern Ohio, and as far south as Florida. A total eclipse of the sun was visible to those in central Africa. USA Today

Astronomer Discovers New Moon Orbiting Neptune

An astronomer has discovered Neptune’s smallest known moon, a mini-world that eluded detection until it was found almost by accident in years-old imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. Neptune’s 14th moon, currently known only as S/2004 N 1, is thought to measure no more than 12 miles (20 kilometers) across. It orbits about 65,400 miles…

NASA Launches Satellite To Probe Sun’s Mysteries

NASA launched a satellite late Thursday on a two-year quest to probe a little-understood region of the sun’s lower atmosphere. The satellite is called Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph solar observatory, or IRIS, and was carried into the Earth orbit by a Pegasus rocket dropped from an airplane off the coast of California. Measuring 7 feet…

Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible To Skywatchers May 10 2013

Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible To Skywatchers May 10 2013

The moon will block the sun in a potentially spectacular solar eclipse this week — a celestial event that will transform the sun into a cosmic “ring of fire” in the daytime sky. The ring-shaped solar eclipse, known as an annular eclipse, will occur Thursday and Friday (May 9 and 10) Eastern time. Weather permitting,…

Coronal Mass Injection Find Could See ‘Textbooks Rewritten’

NASA says it has made a discovery which will require “rewriting textbooks” after it found the two rings of charged particles surrounding the Earth – called Van Allen belts – were reconfigured by a coronal mass injection. Not only are the belts now believed to be more malleable, the mass injection revealed for the first…