Was 'Star Wars' Right? Can We Walk On Most Exoplanets?

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It's 'Star Wars Day' (May the Fourth), and we're wondering whether the planets depicted in 'The Force Awakens' were actually that far from reality....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Wed, 04 May 2016 12:16:00 EDT

Transit of Mercury 2016: Full Coverage of the May 9 Event

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Mercury will cross the sun's face next Monday (May 9) in a rare "transit" that will be visible from most places on Earth, weather permitting. Read all about the skywatching event here....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Wed, 04 May 2016 11:22:00 EDT

Blast Off! How to See a Rocket Launch In-Person This Summer

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It's not just for the pros: With a little planning and flexibility, anybody can go watch a rocket blast off. Our in-depth guide goes through each of this summer's U.S. launch locations and dates....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Wed, 04 May 2016 11:03:00 EDT

Image of the Day

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May the Fourth Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day from Mimas, Saturn's fearsome Death Star moon....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Wed, 04 May 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Pluto's Hazy Layers Linked to Atmospheric Gravity Waves

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Streaks seen in the slightly-hazy atmosphere of Pluto may arise because of a phenomenon known as gravity waves (not to be mistaken for gravitational waves), created by natural forces pushing on the atmosphere....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Wed, 04 May 2016 07:55:00 EDT

Meteor Shower Spawned by Halley's Comet Peaks This Week

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The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is spawned by tiny pieces of the famous Halley's Comet, peaks in the early morning hours on May 5 and May 6....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Wed, 04 May 2016 07:00:00 EDT

Frosty Drew Clear Sky Chart

Current seeing conditions at Frosty Drew Observatory

The Sun and Moon Today

  • The Sun as seen today from NASA SDO.
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Astronomy Picture of the DayA Mercury Transit Sequence

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