Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Like cosmic ballet dancers, the stars of the Pleiades cluster are spinning. But these celestial dancers are all twirling at different speeds. Astronomers have long wondered what determines the rotation rates of these stars. By …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Astronomers have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Step outside as the stars come out, look southwest, and you’ll see an eye-catching pattern. For the next few days, bright orange Mars shines to the right of Saturn and the reddish supergiant star Antares. …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Light from a distant galaxy can be strongly bent by the gravitational influence of a foreground galaxy. That effect is called strong gravitational lensing. Normally a single galaxy is lensed at a time. The same …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Two astronomers—with the help of Twitter—have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that an enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies within the central bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy. Previous computer models, observations of other …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASAs Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4. Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries surrounding our solar system’s largest …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by Pluto last year, it revealed tantalizing clues that the dwarf planet might have—or had at one time—a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

If you cast your eyes toward the constellation Cygnus the Swan, you’ll be looking in the direction of the largest planet yet discovered around a double-star system. It’s too faint to see with the naked …[READ MORE]