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.
The Mars rover Curiosity has been on its journey to Mount Sharp for several months, but for the past few weeks it has had the “pedal to the metal” to reach its next stop — a waypoint called Kimberley.
The first total eclipse of the moon visible in North America since 2011 will occur April 14.
One of the main objectives of the Curiosity mission to Mars is to study the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. The exposed geology here could add supporting evidence to the discoveries made at Yellowknife Bay last March.
The Earth has four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter. Do other planets in the solar system have seasons? Before answering that question, let’s review what causes the Earth’s seasons.
While at Yellowknife Bay, Curiosity collected a drilled rock sample that was later age-dated by using its science instruments in two different ways.
This spring will bring us the best view of Mars in seven years.
The surface of Mars has a rich geological record, and the Curiosity rover is reading that record by sampling the rocks and soils at different locations along its route to Mount Sharp.
During December when you looked to the southwest at sunset, you saw a bright star about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon. It wasn’t really a star, but the planet Venus.
The “comet of the century” died before its time.
The past several weeks have been a busy time for the Mars rover Curiosity. Events included stops at two waypoints on the way to Mount Sharp, the longest one-day drive of its journey so far and the discovery of the apparent absence of methane in the Martian atmosphere.