Halley’s Comet

Every 75 years, Halley’s Comet traverses our planetary neighborhood, providing an astonishing spectacle of beaming light before drifting back into the Solar System. It is the most famous comet identified by mankind, having first been observed by Chinese astronomers...

Comet Encke

On January 17, 1786, French astronomer Pierre Mechain discovered Comet Encke, but it wasn’t until 1819 when German astronomer Johann Franz Encke calculated its trajectory that the object became officially recognized. Comet Encke orbits our Sun once every 3.3 years,...

China’s Sights Set On Mars, 2020

The past few months have been exciting for China’s ambitious space program. Following a successful lunar landing on the Moon’s dark side and several captivating announcements for the future, Wu Weiren, the chief designer behind China’s lunar exploration program,...

Solar Storm of 1859: The Carrington Event

The Solar Storm of 1859, also known as the Carrington Event, was a geomagnetic storm of immense power that occurred during September 1-2, 1859. A solar coronal mass ejection (CME) struck Earth’s magnetosphere, producing one the greatest geomagnetic storms ever...

16 Psyche

16 Psyche is an M-type asteroid residing in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. In other words… it is one of the ten most massive asteroids in the belt, over 120 miles (200km) in diameter, and the most massive known M-type asteroid. Italian astronomer Annibale...