Would you go into space if you knew your bones would turn into something called “pee brittle”?
Dr. Michelle Thaller explores the effects of space on the human body.
The brilliant, red supergiant star that marks Orion’s shoulder seems to be spinning too fast. Did its rotation get a boost by merging with a smaller companion star 100,000 years ago?
Do you think 2016 has seemed unusually long? An international agency has decided to make it even longer — by adding a “leap second” at the last possible moment on December 31st.
It’s not too late to get in some stargazing before 2016 ends! After sunset, brilliant Venus (and much dimmer Mars) rule in the west, while Orion and the Pleiades are up in the east. Meanwhile, a thin crescent Moon graces the predawn sky on December 26-27.
As Orion rises higher in the evening sky, it’s a perfect time to explore the constellations most famous nebula – either with a pair of binos or, if you’re lucky, the brand-new scope you got for the holidays.
Speaking of Orion . . . Download our monthly astronomy podcast to track down Mercury in the evening sky and explore more of the Hunter as he climbs into the sky.
You watched with amazement when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flyby of Pluto in July 2015. And you’ve seen all the terrific images of Pluto that the spacecraft captured. Now a unique, beautifully detailed 6-inch globe lets you explore Pluto’s amazing geology up close.