astronomy

Lunar Phase Feb 17, 2022 Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere. Image: NASA

Podcast Episode 95 l How many moons does the Earth have?

Technically, Earth has only one Moon. But here is the interesting thing. Over millions of years, the number of moons has varied. We talk about their story in this episode. 

How Shiva and Shakti formed the Milky Way Galaxy

The Gaia space telescope shows How Shiva and Shakti formed the Milky Way Galaxy 12 billion years ago. These two streams of stars wove together to form it.

Moon phase on Feb 14 2022 as seen in the Northern Hemisphereby NASA LRO

Does the Earth have more than one Moon?

We wonder if the Earth has more than one Moon in this new 360 on History blog post discussing the number of satellites that have orbited our planet & considered "moons".

An artist's impression of a puffy cotton-candy world. (NASA, ESA, CSA, J. Olmsted/STScI)

Meet a planet as light as cotton candy

Meet WASP-193b, an exoplanet discovered 1,232 light-years away, orbiting a Sun-like star named WASP-193. It is 50 percent bigger than Jupiter but is light and fluffy as cotton candy. 

Ingenuity is currently stranded in Mars' Valinor Fields where it crashed in January. It was photographed by the Perseverance rover on Feb. 4. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSS

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars Says Goodbye

The stranded Ingenuity Mars Helicopter sent its last signal from Mars to Earth, including a farewell message for mission scientists. It will carry on gathering data on Mars until it ceases functioning...

Planesphere Tablet from the Royal Library of Ashurbanipal, Nenveh. British Museum

Podcast Episode 91 l Did this clay tablet describe an ancient asteroid impact?

Podcast Episode 91 is on an ancient asteroid. Does a clay tablet describe an ancient asteroid impact? Two scientists certainly thought that it described an asteroid hitting earth

ClayTablet Revealing An Ancient Asteroid Impact being held in a hand showing lines and cuneiform inscription (CC BY)

Ancient Star Map Revealed Asteroid Impact

This is the story of a star map, one which depicted an ancient asteroid impacting Earth over 5,000 years ago.

Features on the Sun's surface, as seen by Solar Orbiter Credit ESA NASA Solar Orbiter EUI Team

The Sun has a fluffy corona

The Sun has a fluffy corona according to the latest images captured by ESA's Solar Orbiter. The hair-like structures are made of charged gas (plasma), following magnetic field lines emerging from the ...

Black hole week: Plunging into a black hole in a stunning visualisation

This amazing new visualisation by NASA depicts what it would be like to plunge into a black hole and it is stunning!

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