Month: August 2018
VISTA captures huge Carina Nebula in all its infrared glory
New Horizons catches sight of Kuiper Belt target ‘Ultima Thule’
Surprisingly rapid magnetic field reversals pose risks to Earth
See bright Comet 21P’s close brush with conspicuous Capella
If you’ve never seen a comet, there’s currently a bright example visible in the late evening about to make a close approach to the 6th brightest star in the night sky on the UK night of 2–3 September. We show you how to find Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner around the time it passes within a degree of prominent star Capella.
Meteorite data indicate Jupiter underwent distinct growth phases
The Hubble Space Telescope looks into the heart of M13
OSIRIS-REx captures its first images of asteroid Bennu
The Milky Way arches over La Silla Observatory
See the Moon meet the Red Planet on the UK night of 23 August
Mars may be almost four weeks past opposition, but it’s still an imposing sight low in the southern sky around local midnight. But if you are in any doubt about identifying the Red Planet, the waxing gibbous Moon acts as a convenient celestial guide late into the UK night of Thursday, 23 August. See both the Moon and the Red Planet in the same field of view of low-power binoculars.