Month: August 2019
Earth’s chemical fingerprint could help identify habitable exoplanets
NASA helicopter attached to agency’s Mars 2020 rover
James Webb Space Telescope mirror, instruments mated with spacecraft
Exoplanet found in unusually long, elliptical orbit
IAU approves names for newly discovered moons
Watch the crescent Moon graze a double star at dawn on 27 August
Depending on where you live in the British Isles, you may be fortunate to view a lunar occultation of naked-eye double star delta (δ) Geminorum at dawn on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Observers fortunate enough to lie on the so-called graze line will see the star appear to flicker on and off as the mountains and valleys of the northern lunar polar regions drift by.
30 years later, Voyager 2’s flyby of Neptune still thrills
Second giant planet found orbiting Beta Pictoris
See the Moon hide a trio of Hyades stars at dawn on 24 August
Have you ever seen the Moon hide a star? If you’re an early riser in the UK with a small telescope on Saturday, 24 August 2019 then you can potentially witness the disappearance and reappearance of three naked-eye stars in the Hyades open star cluster of Taurus between 3:40am BST and shortly after sunrise.