Contest Announcement: Chemistry Cat + Captions = WIN

Is there anything better than the combination of cats and science? No, you say? Well… what if we add a caption contest and two chances to win great prizes? We just (September 9th) launched this contest over on our Facebook page. Contest ends September 30th, so make sure to enter today! Visit our contest details page …


Sky Talk September 2011: Spotting Uranus

We’ve discussed all five of the bright naked-eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) in this column frequently over the years but never the outer ones due to their remoteness and dimness. However, this month we go deep into the solar system to find Uranus. Seeing it for the first time is guaranteed to …


Sky Talk August 2011: The Great White Way

New York City’s famed “Great White Way” is not the only thoroughfare to be so named. There’s a far richer and vaster one visible from anywhere on the planet — and it’s found in the Summer sky! We’re referring to the Milky Way, the grand thoroughfare of our home Galaxy. And August is one of …


Sky Talk July 2011: Saturn’s Last Harrah

July offers the final opportunity this year to view the magnificent ringed planet Saturn while still well-placed above the southwestern horizon. And thanks to a famous technique using the Big Dipper as a guide to constellation identification, it’s easier than ever to identify! Plus there’s an added bonus: while a telescope is needed to see …


Photo of rainbow nebula

The nebula is swirling around a supergiant named Betelgeuse, which is about 600 times the size of the sun and 20 times as massive. The star makes up the right shoulder of the “hunter” in the constellation Orion. Be sure to visit the source below for more detail. Source: Striking new photo reveals rainbow nebula …


Astronomer protects telescope with TARDIS

So amazing! Astronomer Duncan Kitchin protects his backyard telescope with a homemade TARDIS. Click through link below for details on how he built the TARDIS. He also added more pictures to his blog, so be sure to check that out as well. Source: Building the TARDIS Micro-Observatory.


8 images of Mercury: Revealed by Mariner 10

The Mother Nature Network posted a gallery of images collected by Mariner 10, the NASA space probe launched in 1973. Source: 8 images of Mercury: Revealed by Mariner 10 | MNN – Mother Nature Network.


Massive Cosmic Collision Imaged By Telescopes

The galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (Pandora’s Cluster), was formed by a massive cosmic collision of at least four separate galaxy clusters. Images of the collision were captured and pieced together using the Hubble Space Telescope, the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, the Japanese Subaru telescope, and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Source: Massive Cosmic Collision …


Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way

800,000 frames from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope used to create an infrared portrait of the inner Milky Way: Source: Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way – NASA Spitzer Space Telescope.


Best science fiction/fantasy books?

NPR is looking for the best Science Fiction/Fantasy books. Post your faves in the comments or click through to find new books for the summer!