The night sky is the forgotten half of our environment, says Mike Simmons, the president and founder of Astronomers Without Borders. Simmons, along with coordinator Babak Tafreshi, are producing a project called The World at Night, or TWAN, which aims to remind us of our place in the universe through a series of stunning night sky images, made from familiar landmarks around the world.
Check out ten images featured in “From Earth to the Universe,” one of several projects organized for the International Year of Astronomy. More than 40 countries have announced plans to participate. About 125 space images are available for display in airports, parks and other public places around the world. Some of the images here just might show up at an exhibit near you.
For most people, the chance to view a total eclipse is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event: Any given patch of Earth will host one only about once every 375 years on average. Learn about eight memorable eclipses of the past.
The Hollywood writers’ strike may be over, but perhaps the best prime-time show in the Americas this Wednesday night will be in the sky: a total lunar eclipse.
Just in time for the Halloween season, the moon Wednesday will treat us to its most famous trick: changing from bright white to reddish as it passes deeply through Earth’s shadow.
This will be the last total lunar eclipse until March 3, 2007, and the last eclipse that will be easily viewed throughout the entire continental U.S. until February 21, 2008.
Penguin rookeries in Antarctica—weather permitting—will be audience to a total solar eclipse Sunday as the moon slips between Earth and the sun and casts a narrow band of the icy continent into daytime darkness.
A few hundred humans, too, hope to catch the celestial show. They’ve paid thousands of dollars to journey to—or over—Antarctica, the only landmass where the minutes-long event will be visible.
On Saturday night the full moon will slip into Earth’s shadow and darken to an orange-reddish glow, giving sky-watchers their second chance this year to catch an astronomer’s delight: a total lunar eclipse.
The celestial show will be visible throughout most of the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western and southern Asia, giving up to three billion people—weather permitting—a rewarding view of the cosmic display.