SKYWATCH: SKIMMING THE MOON, SEE BRIGHTEST MARS IN SIX YEARS, AND MORE

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LADEE over the Moon

NASA Ames / Dana Berry

LADEE Skims the Moon Before Crash

April 4, 2014 | NASA has a fully functioning spacecraft orbiting the Moon, all science goals completed, and a lunar eclipse coming up. It’s a perfect opportunity to make some risky but potentially rewarding swoops within 2 miles of the lunar surface. > read more

The Subsurface Ocean of Enceladus

April 3, 2014 | Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have provided further evidence that Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus harbors a liquid ocean under its surface. > read more

A New Galactic Yardstick

April 2, 2014 | Astronomers have developed a new method to measure distances to bright but faraway galaxies, a tool which will help better constrain the expansion rate of the universe. > read more

Dust in the Heart of Circinus

March 31, 2014 | Infrared observations of the Circinus Galaxy may help reveal the shape of the dusty region fueling its active galactic nucleus and shed light on what governs dust structures in other galaxies. > read more

Observing

Brightest Mars in Six Years

April 4, 2014 | Mars is making its nearest and brightest appearance in the night sky since the end of 2007. > read more

April’s Total Eclipse of the Moon

March 28, 2014 | North Americans haven’t seen a total eclipse of the Moon since 2011. But this long dry spell breaks late on the night of April 14–15 as the Moon makes a leisurely pass through Earth’s deepest shadow. > read more

Tour April’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

March 28, 2014 | It’s a great month, celestially speaking: the brilliant stars of winter crowd in the southwest at nightfall, Jupiter is joined by Mars, and the first total lunar eclipse in 2½ years occurs at mid-month. > read more

Community

Astronomers Without Borders

Celebrate the Night Sky This Month

April 1, 2014 | Join the world’s largest celebration of astronomy — Global Astronomy Month — throughout April. > read more

Fooling with the Universe

April 1, 2014 | This year’s April Fools’ provides a wealth of alarming results. Catch up on all the scientific shenanigans here. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

April 4, 2014 | It’s opposition week for Mars! And Jupiter, not to be left out, pairs up with the first-quarter Moon. > read more

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