|Current Moon Phase|
|Perseid meteors on the morning of August 13 will appear to radiate away from the "X" which is the meteor shower's radiant. Observe after 2:30 a.m. and make sure that your view of the sky does not include the moon. This map is specific for 3:00 a.m. on August 13. Graphics by Gary A. Becker and The Sky, level six...|
|Distant Lightning under Moonlight: These three images were taken at Bryce Canyon National Park on the evening of August 7, 2006. The first two photos are each single images of about 1.5 minutes in duration, while the last image is a composite rendered from four separate one minute digital photos. The curved lightning outburst just right of center was the single event recorded in the original photo. In the second photo, note that the "yellowed" rain on the right side of the image is being illuminated by moonlight. Bright spots on the horizon are numerous fires that have been set by intense lightning strikes. The lightning was occurring at a distance of about 25 miles from where I was imaging. No thunder was heard. Photography by Gary A. Becker...|
|The New Solar System as proposed by the International Astronomical Union will have 12 planets. Currently there are another dozen candidate planets which could become members. This drawing is courtesy of the International Astronomical Union.|
|The New New Solar System: In a surprise move the International Astronomical Union scrubbed its definition for a planet knocking Pluto from the classical list. The new definition appears in the above article. This drawing is courtesy of the International Astronomical Union.|
|Opportunity Discoveres Meteorite: NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found an iron meteorite on Mars, the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet. The pitted, basketball-size object is mostly made of iron and nickel. Readings from spectrometers on the rover determined that composition. NASA/JPL/Cornell photo and caption.|
Meteorite Vendors: Iron-nickel meteorites from the Russian Sikhote-Alin fall of 1947 have made their way into the American market in large quanities and are very affordable in smaller samples.