We use constellations with signs of the zodiac or animals, because these are convenient easy ways of helping to remember where particular stars are. We name the constellations for the shapes their stars make when joined up. Cygnus is in the shape of a swan with wings outstretched, and Scorpius is shaped like a scorpion. Sometimes a shape will be part of a constellation, such as the seven bright stars in Ursa Major that form the saucepan and handle of the Big Dipper.
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SANTEE, SOUTH CAROLINA - Witnessing ‘Totality’ during Monday’s ‘Great American Solar Eclipse’ was a truly mesmerizing experience far beyond anything I imagined and something I will never forget -That’s a sentiment shared by millions upon millions of fellow gushing spectators.
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A team of European scientists analyzed five years worth of Mars Express data, which revealed interesting things about how its atmosphere interacts with solar wind
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk made public the first official photo of the commercial space company’s spacesuit design with a post on Instagram today. He indicated he’ll have more details soon and said this first ‘reveal’ isn’t just a prototype design; it’s a real, working spacesuit. “Worth noting that this actually works (not a […]
A new experiment conducted by an international team of scientists has recreated the "diamond rains" thought to exist inside Uranus and Neptune
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A new study of the "Rusty Rocks" returned by the Apollo 16 mission suggest that the Moon's interior is very dry, contrary to what recent studies have claimed
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They came, they saw, they battled clouds, traffic and strange charger adapters in a strange land. Yesterday, millions stood in awe as the shadow of the Moon rolled over the contiguous United States for the first time in a century. If you're like us, your social media feed is now brimming with amazing images of yesterday's total solar eclipse.
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Holy moly, that was awesome! Incredible, fantastic, amazing…there just aren’t the words to describe what it is like to experience totality. While I’m trying to come down to Earth and figure out how to explain how wonderful this was, enjoy the beautiful images captured by our readers from across the US and those from across […]
A new study by a team of American and French researchers indicates that Mars experiences evening snowstorms, similar to "microburst" storms here on Earth.
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NASA will be live-streaming their coverage of the 2017 Solar Eclipse today (August 21st, 2017) as it makes its way across the continental US
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Today marked the end of an era for NASA as the last of the agency’s next generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TRDS) that transmit the critical science data and communications for the Hubble Space Telescope and human spaceflight missions to the International Space Station, successfully rocketed to orbit this morning, Fri. Aug 18 from the Florida Space Coast.