Cosmos
One cool thing: what does a black hole look like?

One cool thing: what does a black hole look like?

People have speculated as to what black holes looks like since the 1700s and this week we may finally get an accurate depiction. As the New York Times explained, astronomers who have created a global network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope are expected to release images of this elusive and inscrutable astronomical […]

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One cool thing: cherry blossoms as seen from outer space

One cool thing: cherry blossoms as seen from outer space

It’s Peak Bloom of the cherry blossom trees here in DC and while we’ll bring you more photos throughout the week we wanted to share this one which is out of this world! As the Washington Post reported, “Maxar Technologies, a company that captures images of the Earth from satellites, also found a good place […]

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One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

Yesterday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and also the vernal equinox. This image from the Meteosat-9 satellite shows Earth from space on the equinox. As the New York Times explained, the spring equinox is a point in Earth’s orbit where the sun shines directly above the Equator, creating nearly equal […]

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Japanese spacecraft lands on distant asteroid

Japanese spacecraft lands on distant asteroid

Last Friday, the Hayabusa2–a Japanese spacecraft–landed on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

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One last chance to revive Oppy

One last chance to revive Oppy

NASA’s Opportunity rover reached Mars in 2004 for what was intended to be a 90-day mission to analyze soil and rocks and help scientists better understand the Red Planet. To the pleasant surprise of “Oppy’s” engineers, the rover was able to recharge its solar battery and was able to explore Mars for 14 years, sending back troves of data to Earth. Oppy began suffering “amnesia” (or, the aging of its software system) and ceased communicating with NASA  last June after a massive dust storm. However, before NASA officially puts Oppy to sleep, they will attempt to make contact one last time. 

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Welcome Back Federal Workers!

We are back up and running this morning! Thank you for your patience. Please visit us at https://t.co/KAZIStjKGt pic.twitter.com/qVVRxXGAeX — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 28, 2019 Thanks to all the Federal Workers who endured the long shutdown!  This tweet was a beautiful reminder that “the sun will come up tomorrow!”   Watch it here.  

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One cool thing: Super Blood Wolf Moon seen from around the world

One cool thing: Super Blood Wolf Moon seen from around the world

Did you see the Super Blood Wolf Moon on Sunday night? It was truly something to behold and here in DC we were lucky enough to have clear skies to witness the lunar eclipse, it was worth staying up late to see! Check out this roundup of the coolest shots captured by photographers and astronomers […]

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Celestial events not to miss in 2019

Celestial events not to miss in 2019


While the new year just began, Mother Nature already has an entire year’s worth of celestial events to behold. The first major event will be a Super Blood Wolf Moon (say that 3X fast) which will occur on January 20th at 11 PM as the full lunar eclipse will begin around 11:41 PM.

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Exploring Strange Worlds, Going Where No Craft Has Gone Before

Exploring Strange Worlds, Going Where No Craft Has Gone Before

The holiday break proved to be a big one for space exploration as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached the outer edges of our universe and China’s Chang’e-4 rover landed on the far side of the moon, launching China’s space program into a new era of exploration

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