When the full moon rises on Tuesday night, it will technically be a Blue Moon, but not for the reason you might think. The Blue Moon on Aug. 20 is not the second full moon of August, but actually gets its name from a relatively obscure rule of astronomy. And there are a few other … Continue reading 5 Amazing Facts About Tonight’s Blue Moon
We all have our roles to play, parts in the drama of dualistic life on Earth. As children, we dream big, imaging anything and everything that we can think of—it’s all possible. Until, of course, we tell someone—some adult or older child about our dreams. It’s not that they are “wrong” – they had the … Continue reading No Small Parts – Just Small Minds
The only total eclipse for 2012 The moon will block the sun Tuesday in a total solar eclipse, but only for spectators in parts of Australia and in the southern Pacific Ocean. For the rest of us, several webcasts will be available to remotely watch the celestial alignment of the sun and moon. The only … Continue reading Eclipse Infographic from Space.com
NOTE: Comets are always breaking up…they’re just more noticeable in the night sky!
For the past several weeks, the Hergenrother comet has been breaking up during its most recent lap around the Sun. Amateur and professional astronomers have been following the comet as it has been generating a series of impressive outbursts of cometary-dust material.
“Comet Hergenrother is splitting apart,” said Rachel Stevenson from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “Using the National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Gemini North Telescope on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, we have resolved that the nucleus of the comet has separated into at least four distinct pieces resulting in a large increase in dust material in its coma.”
Because of this the comet’s coma (he nebulous envelope around the nucleus of a comet) has brightened considerably.
If you want to see or photograph the breakup of comet Hergenrother, it can be seen in area the constellations of Andromeda and Lacerta.
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It is no secret that the Milky Way, our galaxy, is hungry. Scientists believe that our galaxy has ingested at least two other galaxies. New evidence of this has appeared again as scientists have discovered a stream of stars believed to be the remnant of an ancient star cluster slowly being eaten by the Milky Way. The scientists used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has a vast treasure trove of information that scientists are slowly sifting through.
“The Milky Way is constantly gobbling up small galaxies and star clusters,” said Ana Bonaca, a Yale graduate student and lead author of a study forthcoming in Astrophysical Journal Letters. “The more powerful gravity of our Milky Way pulls these objects apart and their stars then become part of the Milky Way itself.”
Marla Geha, associate professor of astronomy at Yale and a co-author of the study and her team…
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