On July 27th, 2018 the world will see its first central lunar eclipse since June 15th, 2011. If you live in the Eastern Hemisphere, you’re in luck! Central lunar eclipses are much rarer than normal lunar eclipses, but what exactly is the difference?
Appearing in the background of television shows scrawled on chalkboards and in the introduction of Bill Nye The Science Guy, Einstein’s equation E=mc² is one of the most widely known equations in the world. Many people may not fully understand the meaning behind Einstein’s most famous equation, but they remember it due to its brevity. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the equation’s relativistic form: E²=(mc²)² + (pc)²
In Focus Astronomy was invited to spend a second weekend at the American Prairie Reserve educating and stargazing with a multi-generational family of 16. How do you educate and entertain this unique group of grandparents, parents, and children - three generations of families? Easy - aliens! Silly? Yes. Entertaining? Yes. Educational? Absolutely.
Earlier this week, team leaders from different parts of the world collaborated to photograph a special and rare cosmic event, a tidal disruption event. A tidal disruption event, like the one photographed by scientists Seppo Mattila and Miguel Pérez-Torres, occurs after an unlucky star skirts the edge of the event horizon of a black hole. Pieces of the star’s gaseous layers are slowly stripped away, and the material not absorbed into the black hole is spewed out in a stunning jet stream of stardust.
Recent publications from NASA scientists go into greater detail about the Curiosity rover’s latest discovery of methane and carbon, also known as potential building blocks for life. Does that mean Mars is, once again, a candidate for sustaining life?