Monthly Stargazing Calendar for August 2013 

The 2010 Perseids Over The VLT

Tonight (August 11 – 12) is the peak of one of the largest and perhaps one of the most famous meteor showers of the year, the Perseids meteor shower. It can produce as many as 90 meteors per hour at its peak but some meteors can be seen from July 17 to August 24. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Continue reading

Blue Gas Giant Discovered in Distant Solar System 

HD 189733 b

Scientists have determined the color of an alien planet for the first time. Even though we’ve never directly observed an alien planet, since they are outshined by their host star, scientists have found a way to show that they are there, and what their properties are, by examining the effect they have on the star, which we can observe. Continue reading

US Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Space Plane [Infographic] 

The x-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space test vehicle for the USAF.

The X-37B is an unmanned space test vehicle for the United States Air Force, based on NASA’s original X-37 design. It is a lot smaller than the Space Shuttle and is launched via an Atlas V booster. The first test flight was in April 2010, followed by a second test flight in March 2011. Here are the basic facts of the X-37B robotic space plane: Continue reading

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