Category: Astronomy

Night Sky thru December 16

With December’s night sky now well underway, people’s thoughts naturally turn to the onset of winter. As if on cue, the coldest season’s most conspicuous constellation now appears prominent in the evening sky. Orion the Hunter lies low in the…

Night Sky thru December 9

Venus dazzles in the predawn sky and gets a little help from the Moon December 3. Meanwhile, Mars and Neptune appear closer to each other under a dark sky than they will until the 23rd century. A lone bright star…

Venus

Venus Sometimes called our sister planet, despite similar properties, this “sibling” is nothing like Earth.   This computer-simulated Venus globe contains data from several spacecraft: Magellan; Venera 13, 14, 15, and 16; and the Pioneer Venus Orbiter. Additional Earth-based data…

Asteroid (too close) to Us

A giant asteroid estimated to be between 1,600 and 4,000 feet across will skim past Earth next month. It will hurl past our planet at a speed of about 67,000 miles per hour. Astronomers said that the space rock known…