Marty Scott is the astronomy instructor at Walla Walla University, and also builds telescopes and works with computer simulations. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Curiosity had a break from its normal workload for most of June because Mars was in solar conjunction. This means that Mars was almost exactly behind the sun as seen from Earth.
The Earth and Mars will be on opposite sides of the sun for most of the month of June, an alignment called Mars solar conjunction.
You can explore the solar system on a nice day in Walla Walla by taking the Planet Walk.
Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is the gem of the solar system because of its icy white ring system.
Curiosity is still working on discovering the story of Mars’ past. Hints to this story are hidden in the rocks of Mount Sharp, the Martian mountain that the rover is slowly climbing layer by layer.
Now is one of the best times this year to view the planet Jupiter — not because of the calendar, but because of the positions of Jupiter and the Earth in their orbits around the sun.
JPL, we have a problem.
The European Space Agency has a satellite orbiting a comet, and NASA is planning a mission to an asteroid. I often get asked, What is the difference between a comet and an asteroid?
Curiosity, the Mars traveler, has become Curiosity, the field geologist.
If you found Orion on the few clear nights we’ve had this month, then finding its neighbor, the constellation Taurus, will be easy.