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January 4, 2019 9:24 PM Here Are All of the Solar and Lunar Eclipses You Can See in 2019

2019 will have plenty in store for astronomy fans across the world, with a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse, a total lunar eclipse and more. The most exciting such event for U.S.-based stargazers may be the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse” on Jan. 21, says Christian Veillet, an astronomer at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory 123

January 3, 2019 5:22 AM China's Lunar Explorer Has Made Its Historic Touchdown on the Far Side of the Moon, State Media Says

(BEIJING) — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. The United States, the then-Soviet Union and more recently China have all sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this is the first-ever landing on the other side. The China National Space Administration 109

December 30, 2018 12:58 PM Nancy Grace Roman, 'Mother Of Hubble' Space Telescope, Has Died, At Age 93

When Nancy Grace Roman was a child, her favorite object to draw was the moon. Her mother used to take her on walks under the nighttime sky and show her constellations, or point out the colorful swirls of the aurora. Roman loved to look up at the stars and imagine. Eventually, her passion for stargazing blossomed into a career as a renowned astronomer 76

December 14, 2018 3:26 PM The Brightest Comet of the Year Is Visible This Weekend. Here's Where to See It

The brightest comet of 2018 will streak past Earth right after the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be closest to Earth on Dec. 16, according to EarthSky, and is currently the brightest comet in the sky. The comet will come within about 7 million miles of Earth, putting it among the 10 comets that have come closest to the planet 115

July 25, 2018 4:32 PM 'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

LONDON (Reuters) - A blood moon will appear in the night sky around much of the world on Friday night as the moon moves into the shadow of the earth for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century. The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse precedes and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of 3 hours 90

July 9, 2018 3:58 PM Superbright quasar could shed light on universe's youth

A newfound quasar is blasting out the brightest radio emissions ever observed in the early universe, new research reports. Quasars, the brightest objects in the cosmos, are comprised of giant black holes gobbling up matter at the hearts of massive galaxies. Quasars emit mostly radio waves, which have the longest wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum 146

July 3, 2018 8:16 PM Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is set to dazzle most of the world, except the U.S., just shy of a year after the 2017 solar eclipse created a path of totality across America. The July 2018 eclipse — which will happen on Friday, July 27 — will last about four hours and be visible across wide swaths of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia 106

November 8, 2017 7:25 PM Foundation considers options for Green Bank Observatory

Foundation considers options for Green Bank Observatory The National Science Foundation is evaluating options for West Virginia's Green Bank Observatory, ranging from collaboration with outside partners to continue its science and education mission to demolishing it. The observatory, located by the Monongahela National Forest, includes a 100-meter diameter 51

August 19, 2017 1:20 PM Total eclipses aren't that rare—and you've probably missed a bunch of them

They happen about once every 18 months A syzygy feels magical, and not just because it gets you at least 25 points in Scrabble. The whole concept of celestial bodies aligning feels poetic. When it results in a total solar eclipse here on Earth, you can feel for a few moments as though you’re part of something much greater and grander than yourself. The transience 64

August 18, 2017 6:39 PM Here Are the Best Last-Minute Spots to Watch the Solar Eclipse

It's not too late to book a trip to watch the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979. Several spots along the eclipse's "path of totality," where the moon will completely obscure the sun, still offer hotels or camping sites for those making last-minute plans. Lucky residents in the path of totality, which runs from Oregon to South Carolina 96