The Full Buck Moon will occur on July 24, 2021; shortly afterward, our natural satellite will meet Jupiter and Saturn. Today we’ll tell you more about these spectacular events.
Some Full Moons are known under pretty romantic names, such as “Strawberry Moon” or “Pink Moon”, but some of them are much more strange. The thing is, the names traditionally come from Native American, Colonial American, and European cultures. The July Full Moon’s name is associated with male deer, whose antlers are in full growing phase this month. …
New Shepard is a 60-foot-tall reusable suborbital launch vehicle developed to carry astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line — an imaginary boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space. The principal parts constituting New Shepard are a pressurized crew capsule with room for six astronauts and a booster rocket (also called a propulsion module), both of which are reusable.
New Shepard conducts its flights autonomously: there are no pilots onboard. Assuming that the passengers are properly trained on what to do in case of emergency, that’s no riskier than flying a rocket requiring a pilot. …
Every now and then, the media produces dozens of scary headlines about rocks from space headed towards our planet. But is there really a big chance that an asteroid could hit Earth in the near future? In this article, you’ll find answers to the most burning questions about potentially hazardous asteroids.
To be classified as potentially hazardous, an asteroid must meet two main criteria.
First, it must have a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) with Earth of 0.05 AU or less. An asteroid with such an orbit is capable of getting dangerously close to our planet.
Second, it must have…
In mid-July, the Moon meets brilliant planets, Mars and Venus. Read on to find out how and when to observe noteworthy conjunctions of our natural satellite and next-door neighbors in the starry sky.
Having returned to the evening sky on July 11, the young Moon is heading towards two dazzling planets, Venus and Mars. The Moon-Venus conjunction will occur first: the heavenly bodies will meet in our skies on July 12, at 05:09 a.m. EDT (09:09 GMT). Shining at a magnitude of -9.5, …
Observing “shooting stars” is one of the most fun and easy ways to dive into the world of astronomy. In this article, we’ll give you valuable tips on how to observe a meteor shower successfully.
What is a meteor shower?
Most meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by a comet. When tiny particles of cosmic dust enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they burn up, producing bright streaks of light in the sky. These streaks of light are called meteors.
Some meteor showers’ parent bodies are not comets but asteroids. For example, the Quadrantids and…
Mercury is very different from other planets in our Solar System. Today we’ll tell you more about its peculiarities and explain how they affect this little planet. Let’s get started!
Planet type: terrestrial
Radius: 2440 km (1516 miles)
Mass: 3.3011×10²³ kg
Aphelion: 69.8 million km (43.4 million miles)
Perihelion: 46.0 million km (28.6 million miles)
Average distance from the Earth: 77 million km (48 million miles)
Surface temperature: -173°C to 427°C (−280 °F to 800 °F)
Solar day length: 176 Earth days
Sidereal day length: 59 Earth days
Year length: 88 Earth days
Age: 4.503 billion years
Named after: Roman…
The 7th annual Asteroid Day will be held on June 30; today, we’ll reveal more details about this event. Read to the end of the article to learn more about the Star Walk 2 sale!
To expand your knowledge about asteroids, you can also take our asteroids quiz.
Asteroid Day is a global information campaign aimed to educate people about the risks of asteroid impacts. The United Nations officially sanctioned it in 2016. Asteroid Day events are hosted around the Earth by thousands of independent Asteroid Day Event Organizers.
Asteroid Day is held annually on June 30. This date is…
On June 24, the brilliant Strawberry Moon lit up the sky. Now our natural satellite is going to meet two gas giants, Saturn and Jupiter. Keep reading and find out how, when, and where to observe their spectacular trio and even more!
The conjunction of the Moon and Saturn will occur first, on June 27, at 09:26 GMT. Shining at a magnitude of -12.6, our natural satellite will pass 4° 01′ to the south of the ringed planet in the sky. The yellow-tinted gas giant will be at a magnitude of 0.3. …
For all space lovers today, we’ve gathered the most noteworthy and extraordinary space tests you should try. Let’s get started! Test your knowledge of space, stars, constellations, deep-space objects, and more.
What’s the largest constellation in the sky? Which constellation contains a W-shaped asterism? Take this quiz from the creators of the Star Walk 2 app to test your knowledge about constellations!
This is not the most complicated astronomy-related quiz, but it’s certainly exciting and helpful for stargazers. It won’t take long: there are only 10 short statements about constellations. You can retake the test for different questions. …
The Strawberry Full Moon — the first Full Moon after the June solstice — will happen on June 24, 2021. Find out what a Strawberry Moon is and when to see it!
The Strawberry Moon, typically the first or last Full Moon of a season, marks the strawberry picking season in North America.
The thing is, each Full Moon has its name. These names usually have nothing to do with our natural satellite’s actual color, like the Pink Moon. …