Dec. 12, 2006
The best meteor shower of the year peaks this week on Thursday, Dec. 14th.
Aug. 25, 2006
Contrary to a wide-spread report, Mars will not look as big as the full Moon on August 27th. In fact, The Red Planetwill be nearly invisible to the human eye. There is, however, something real to see on August 27th--a morning alignment of Venus and Saturn.
Nov. 6, 2006
Mysterious concentrations of mass in the Moon's ancient lava seas disturb the orbits of Moon-circling spacecraft. NASA is taking these "mascons" into account as the agency prepares to return to the Moon.
Aug. 23, 2006
In 1967, NASA's Mariner 4 spacecraft was hit by a surprising flurry of meteoroids--a shower more intense than any Leonid meteor storm. Where did the meteoroids come from? It's been a mystery for 40 years.
March 6, 2006
Something's happening on the sun: all the sunspots have vanished. Solar physicists say this is a sign that solar minimum has arrived.
Aug. 4, 2006
The X Games are underway in Los Angeles. One day--who knows?--they might be held on the Moon.
May 4, 2006
Right now, Jupiteris having a close encounter with Earth. The giant planet is very bright in the night sky and looks terrific through backyard telescopes.
May 30, 2006
Something remarkable is about to happen in the evening sky. Three planets and a star cluster are converging for a close encounter you won't want to miss.
May 12, 2006
What happens when a fragmented comet hits the surface of a planet? It makes a chain of craters. Researchers are looking for evidence of these crater chains here on Earth.
July 26, 2006
NASA researchers are joining an international campaign to catch hurricanes in the act of being born.