NASA's latest infrared space telescope—the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE—was launched on December 14, 2009. It recently began a six-month survey of the entire sky around Earth.
On New Year's Eve the Full Moon will rise shortly after sunset—doing just what full moons are supposed to do. In this case, however, it'll be the second full moon in the calendar month of December.
European scientists recently used a telescope instrument called HARPS to measure the chemical content of 500 stars similar to the Sun, some with known planetary systems and others without.
If you missed out on last month's Leonid Meteor Shower, don’t fret. What potentially will be the best meteor display of the year is just around the corner, scheduled to reach its peak during the overnight hours of December 13-14: The Geminid Meteor Shower.
Potentially will be the best meteor display of the year, the Geminid Meteor Shower is scheduled to reach its peak during the overnight hours of December 13-14.