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Dance of the Planets 2013 begins May 24th in the evening sky
OMG! Is that a tightly packed cluster of alien ships invading our atmosphere?
Relax, it’s just one of nature’s astronomical treats for those who take the time to look up into the evening sky every now and then.
The Dance of the Planets begins tonight, May 24th, and is when Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury (the three brightest planets in the night sky) will all appear to be very close to each other.
Each evening the planets will be in different (but still very close) positions to each other, giving the appearance that they are dancing around each other from day to day.
The planets will be closest to each other in their “dance” from May 24th to 29th. So close, in fact, there will most definitely be some planetary bumpin’ and grindin’ happening on that cosmic dance floor.

Dance of the Planets 2013 begins May 24th in the evening sky

OMG! Is that a tightly packed cluster of alien ships invading our atmosphere?

Relax, it’s just one of nature’s astronomical treats for those who take the time to look up into the evening sky every now and then.

The Dance of the Planets begins tonight, May 24th, and is when Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury (the three brightest planets in the night sky) will all appear to be very close to each other.

Each evening the planets will be in different (but still very close) positions to each other, giving the appearance that they are dancing around each other from day to day.

The planets will be closest to each other in their “dance” from May 24th to 29th. So close, in fact, there will most definitely be some planetary bumpin’ and grindin’ happening on that cosmic dance floor.

Don’t miss the debut of Comet PanSTARRS this week
2013 has been unofficially dubbed “The year of the comets” (and asteroids too, apparently).
The first of those comets has been putting on a show in the Southern Hemisphere recently, and is not making it’s debut in the Northern Hemisphere.

Don’t miss the debut of Comet PanSTARRS this week

2013 has been unofficially dubbed “The year of the comets” (and asteroids too, apparently).

The first of those comets has been putting on a show in the Southern Hemisphere recently, and is not making it’s debut in the Northern Hemisphere.

Asteroid passed between Earth and moon earlier today
Remember that asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago?
An asteroid around that same size passed just inside the moon’s orbit of Earth earlier this morning — and astronomers only discovered it two days ago.
Yikes.

Asteroid passed between Earth and moon earlier today

Remember that asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago?

An asteroid around that same size passed just inside the moon’s orbit of Earth earlier this morning — and astronomers only discovered it two days ago.

Yikes.

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Readers’ Photos of the Lunar Eclipse
On Saturday, the moon put on a celestial show for vast swathes of the world.Although Asia and Australia has the best view of the total lunar eclipse, observers in the U.S. and Europe managed to catch a glimpse of at least a partial eclipse.
Here are a selection of photos from California, New Mexico, Scotland, England and Japan.

discoverynews:

Readers’ Photos of the Lunar Eclipse

On Saturday, the moon put on a celestial show for vast swathes of the world.

Although Asia and Australia has the best view of the total lunar eclipse, observers in the U.S. and Europe managed to catch a glimpse of at least a partial eclipse.

Here are a selection of photos from California, New Mexico, Scotland, England and Japan.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS (by Michael König)

Don’t fuck with nature….it’ll go all Death Star on you.
rhamphotheca:

NASA Finds “Death Star” Blasting Planet With X-rays
by Victoria Jaggard
For now the planet—dubbed CoRoT-2b—has a mass about  three times that of Jupiter. That’s 3 x (1.8981 x 10 to the 27)  kilograms, for those of you keeping score. The planet and its sunlike host star were discovered in 2008 using the European Convection, Rotation and planetary Transits (CoRoT) satellite.
Now, according to new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope,  astronomers can tell that the planet is being hit with x-rays about a  hundred thousand times more intense that what Earth receives from the  sun.
“This planet is being absolutely fried by its star,” study co-author Sebastian Schröter, of the University of Hamburg in Germany, said in a press statement. All that high-energy radiation is evaporating about five million tons of matter from the planet *each second.*…
(read more: National Geo)   (illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Don’t fuck with nature….it’ll go all Death Star on you.

rhamphotheca:

NASA Finds “Death Star” Blasting Planet With X-rays

by Victoria Jaggard

For now the planet—dubbed CoRoT-2b—has a mass about three times that of Jupiter. That’s 3 x (1.8981 x 10 to the 27) kilograms, for those of you keeping score. The planet and its sunlike host star were discovered in 2008 using the European Convection, Rotation and planetary Transits (CoRoT) satellite.

Now, according to new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers can tell that the planet is being hit with x-rays about a hundred thousand times more intense that what Earth receives from the sun.

“This planet is being absolutely fried by its star,” study co-author Sebastian Schröter, of the University of Hamburg in Germany, said in a press statement. All that high-energy radiation is evaporating about five million tons of matter from the planet *each second.*…

(read more: National Geo)   (illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

mothernaturenetwork:

50 new alien planets discovered, including one that might support lifeThe potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ is about 3.6 times more massive than Earth and is 35 light-years from its sun.

mothernaturenetwork:

50 new alien planets discovered, including one that might support life
The potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ is about 3.6 times more massive than Earth and is 35 light-years from its sun.