The Universe’s Spectacular Light Show

Many people enjoy taking in decorative holiday light displays, but did you know the skies are offering an out of this world display? The Geminid Meteor Shower is now visible in Maryland! Read on to find where and how to spot this annual light show.

Rocket Launch to be Visible from Hagerstown and Frederick Area

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA News (10/21/2022) – An upcoming launch of the Antares rocket, carrying the Cygnus spacecraft with supplies for the International Space Station, is predicted to be visible from the Hagerstown and Frederick MD area on the early morning of Sunday, November 6th.

To search for alien life, astronomers will look for clues in the atmospheres of distant planets – and the James Webb Space Telescope just proved it’s possible to do so

e habitable zone of a star 40 light-years from Earth and may have water and clouds, as depicted in this artist’s impression. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Wikimedia Commons
To search for alien life, astronomers will look for clues in the atmospheres of distant planets – and the James Webb Space Telescope just proved it’s possible to do so
Published: July 14, 2022 8.34am EDT
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Chris Impey
University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona

Daniel Apai
Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona

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Daniel Apai receives funding from NASA and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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The ingredients for life are spread throughout the universe. While Earth is the only known place in the universe with life, detecting life beyond Earth is a major goal of modern astronomy and planetary science.

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released first images

The James Webb Space Telescope team has released the first science-quality images from the new telescope. In them are the oldest galaxies ever seen by human eyes, evidence of water on a planet 1,000 light-years away and incredible details showing the birth and death of stars. Webb’s purpose is to explore origins – of the universe, of galaxies, of stars and of life – and the five images released on July 12, 2022, make good on that promise.

A large solar storm could knock out the power grid and the internet – an electrical engineer explains how

On Sept. 1 and 2, 1859, telegraph systems around the world failed catastrophically. The operators of the telegraphs reported receiving electrical shocks, telegraph paper catching fire, and being able to operate equipment with batteries disconnected. During the evenings, the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights, could be seen as far south as Colombia. Typically, these lights are only visible at higher latitudes, in northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia.