The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most prolific of the big, annual meteor showers, and also one of the strangest. When viewing conditions are ideal, it is possible to see between 100 and 140 meteors per hour. However, this year the Geminid peak coincided with a nearly-full moon. Because the light of the moon will drowned out some of the dimmer meteors, sky watchers saw between 40 to 60 meteors Friday night. More
A rocket streaked through the sky Tuesday night in Maryland and for hundreds of miles across the eastern U.S. as NASA launched a mission from the Delmarva peninsula.
Did you catch NASA’s frog photobomb?
NASA released this photo Thursday that captured a frog flying through the air during the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. It was taken by a still camera on a sound trigger, says NASA, who reported that “the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.”
The craft, which took off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, is currently on its way to orbit the moon where it will collect data about lunar conditions. Click for more on the mission.
August 25 Photo Brief: The Incredible Dog Show, lobster business, arrests made in Mumbai gang rape of photojournalist
“DOGS: The Incredible Dog Show” promotes adoptions of shelter dogs in Latin America, lobster business is booming in Maine, arrests made in Mumbai gang rape of a photojournalist and more in today’s daily photo brief.
July 25 Photo Brief: A view of the Sun’s surface, military training for puppies, train crash in Spain
A view of the Sun’s surface via NASA, military training for puppies in Belarus, train crash in Spain said to be one of Europe’s worst rail disasters and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Some photos may depict injury and/or death.
July 16 Photo Brief: Badwater Ultramarathon, washing your hair in space, Pope Francis sand sculpture
The Badwater Ultramarathon at Death Valley National Park, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg washes her hair in space, a Pope Francis sand sculpture in Brazil and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos included may depict violence and/or injury.
The second installment of Hidden Maryland heads to NASA Goddard, which is assembling parts of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble. Only contractors and NASA employees can enter the clean room, where the work is taking place, but not before entering an air shower and covering themselves from head to toe in special, sterile attire.
In the 23 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, the satellite observatory has transmitted countless photographs to NASA astronomers. In recent months, the telescope has captured galaxies colliding, comets soaring through space and bright nebulas expanding.
G8 summit, Youth Day in South Africa, search for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains continues and more in today’s daily brief.
Cronuts are all the rage, protests continue in Turkey, George Zimmerman murder trial begins and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos may depict death or injury.