August 30, 2013 |
Looking for a Labor Day sky-watching plan? Keep your eye out for Jupiter. The giant gaseous planet will be the second-brightest body in the sky, after the moon, this weekend, and you won't be able to miss it, according to EarthSky.org. The bummer for late-night partiers is that the best view of the planet will be early in the morning, some time around dawn. But early risers will have a front-row seat to the show. At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, look low in the sky to the East to find Jupiter right next to a thin crescent moon.
August 1, 2013 |
"Europa Report" is a Grade A version of a B picture, a streamlined science fiction story that smartly tells a familiar tale without breaking the bank. Though modern moviemaking often mandates that science fiction be synonymous with multimillion-dollar expenditures, director Sebastian Cordero and a crack team including cinematographer Enrique Chediak and production designer Eugenio Caballero (who won an Oscar for Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth") have crafted a visually sophisticated film that elegantly involves audiences on a budget of less than $10 million.
July 18, 2013 |
In the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Congress and the Obama administration, the House Appropriations Committee has passed a funding package that restores some funding to the planetary science budget, including money to help pay for the next rover mission to Mars and exploration of Jupiter's moon Europa. The new Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations package includes $1.315 billion for planetary science in NASA's budget, close to $100 million more than the $1.217 billion the Obama administration had requested.
May 27, 2013 |
As you head home from the barbecue or the beach Monday evening, take a moment for a little planet gazing. Jupiter, Mercury and Venus form a close triangle in the night sky Monday, and they shine brightly enough that even light pollution from a city like Los Angeles won't get in the way of their visibility. To find the planetary trio, wait 45 minutes after the sun has set. You will need an unobstructed view of the Western night sky. Look for the planets low in the sky, just above where the sun has set. You can find a map of where the planets will be in the sky here . PHOTOS: Awesome images from space Jupiter and Venus will be shining brightly, respectively making up the left- and right-hand points of the base of this planetary triangle.
May 11, 2013 |
There will be no meteor showers this weekend, or ring-of-fire solar eclipses, but if you head outside around twilight, you'll get an excellent view of Jupiter and Venus around a slender crescent moon. As night begins to fall on Saturday and Sunday evenings, look to the sky to find Jupiter in the same vicinity as the new moon. Then look below the moon to find Venus. The planets will look like white points of light, not so different than stars, but they will be bright enough to be visible even in a light-polluted city like Los Angeles without the aid of a telescope.
April 5, 2013 |
Like the offset eyes on a Picasso portrait, the volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io seem to be strangely shifted, according to a study by NASA and ESA scientists. Io's clustered volcanoes seem to be lying 30 to 60 degrees eastward of where they were expected, according to a paper published this year in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The study could shed light on the internal dynamics of Jupiter's volcano-pocked moon. Io's internal heat comes from the kneading it gets from Jupiter and its fellow moons.