After seven months of electronic hibernation, Philae has awakened on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and resumed relaying its data to Earth.
Stars still embedded in their natal clouds act as signposts to map the Sagittarius-Carina, Perseus, and Outer spiral arms of the Milky Way.
Super-sharp imaging confirms that the nearby red giant star L2 Puppis is forming a tiny bipolar nebula as it comes to the end of its life.
The pair-up of Venus and Jupiter is becoming ever more eye-catching in the west at dusk, as they near their June 30th closest approach. Saturn is the brightest point glowing in the south these evenings.
It’s no myth — Icarus made a rare flyby of Earth this week
Watch as the two brightest planets — Venus and Jupiter — edge closer together and culminate on June 30th with a dramatically close pairing.
The winners of the 6th International Earth & Sky Photo Contest highlight the natural beauty of the night sky as well as its growing battle with light pollution.
Sunlight on Pluto is only a thousandth as strong as it is here on Earth. With careful timing, you can experience what it’d be like to stand on Pluto at noon.