When preparing to observe the night sky, sometimes checking the latest TV or radio weather forecasts isn't enough. But with a little knowledge of practical meteorology, you can make your own judgment call as to whether the sky will be cloudy or clear.
NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket straight toward the northern lights early Wednesday (Feb. 22). It was the first of two rockets that will study the structure of auroras using an instrument called ISINGLASS.
The New Horizons probe that flew by Pluto in 2015 sent back data suggesting this icy world possesses organics, water and energy, or what scientists consider the necessary ingredients for life.
Only days after the Smithsonian announced its national tour for Columbia, the spacecraft that flew the first men to walk on the moon, two rare artifacts off the Apollo 11 command module have turned up at a different type of roadshow: "Antiques Roadshow."