October nights will offer a number of celestial spectacles for stargazers, such as the Square of Pegasus signaling the arrival of fall in the northern hemisphere, and the Orionids meteor shower in the middle of the month, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or Pagasa.
The asteroid called 99942 Apophis, long billed as a “doomsday asteroid,” buzzed the Earth at past 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, appearing like a tiny flashing dot in the sky but obscured by gray clouds from the vantage point of Filipinos.
Apophis, which means “giant snake,” is the Egyptian sun god Ra’s nemesis.
A heavenly body packing more energy than 25,000 Hiroshima bombs and which can obliterate Luzon on impact will streak across the skies near Earth on Thursday under the watchful gaze of astronomers the world over.
The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study out Monday that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours.
SYDNEY, Australia – Australian scientists gazing billions of years back in time with powerful radio telescopes on Monday warned that the universe’s lights — the stars — were quite literally running out of gas. Robert Braun, astronomy and space chief at Australia’s government science agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), said about one-third [...]
WASHINGTON – For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite. According to three studies released in the United States on Wednesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be [...]