Solar Eclipses: An Observer's Guide (Infographic)

by Karl Tate , SPACE.com Infographics Artist   |   September 11, 2015 09:29am ET Editor’s note: The next solar eclipse will occur on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. It will be a partial solar eclipse that will be visible primarily from South Africa and Antarctica. The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. […]

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Mini Planetary System

This artist’s concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system – so compact, in fact, that it’s more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently confirmed that the system, KOI-961, hosts the three smallest exoplanets known so far to orbit a […]

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Latest Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

PREVIOUS | NEXT 1 of 58 NASA’s Next Mars Probe Takes Aim at Red Planet Credit: NASA. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a powerful spacecraft that launched in 2005 and arrived in orbit around the Red Planet a year later. See amazing…Read More » photos from the MRO mission here in this Space.com gallery.   Less « […]

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How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)

Editor’s note:  The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27, 2015. It will occur while the moon is at perigee, making it a rare Supermoon Blood Moon lunar eclipse . Such an event won’t happen again until 2033. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely beneath Earth’s […]

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Perseids From the Sky

Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts

<div class=”multiPageItem slideContainer” data-cycle-pager-template=” Intro ” readability=”38.191640378549″> Perseids From the Sky Credit: NASA/MSFC/D. Moser, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office Every August, the night sky is peppered with little bits of comet debris in what we call the annual Perseid meteor shower . In 2016, the Perseids will peak on Aug. 12 and 13, with up to […]

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Solar System Facts: A Guide to Things Orbiting Our Sun

Our solar system is a vast place, with lots of mostly empty space between planets. But out there are comets, asteroids and more rocky, frozen objects (including dwarf planets) yet to be discovered in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud.Credit: NASA The solar system is made up of the sun and everything that orbits around […]

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HAT P7b Light Curves-Magnified

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Kepler's Primary Mirror

Technicians from Ball Aerospace inspected the honeycomb structure of the Kepler Space Telescope’s primary mirror. The mirror has been 86% light-weighted; that is, it only weighs 14% of amount that a solid mirror of the same dimensions would. The mirror blank was made by Corning Glass works out of ultra-low expansion glass, or ULE. original

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