A new view of galaxy NGC 1055 captured by the Very Large Telescope’s FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2 (FORS2) instrument shows galactic structure twists that were likely caused by interactions with other galaxies.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch the NROL-79 spacecraft from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:50 p.m. EST (1750 GMT) Wednesday (March 1). Watch it live here, beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST, courtesy of ULA.
An occultation of the star Aldebaran will occur on March 4, and it will be visible over a large portion of the United States. Also, find out why the Venus and Mercury go through phases.
The Gemini and Cancer constellations make great targets this month. Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter are you’re evening planets, while Saturn makes its presence known in the pre-dawn hours.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch the NROL-79 satellite today from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:50 p.m. EST. You can watch the launch live here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA.
See what’s up in the night sky for March 2017, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
Columbia Hills/Gusev Crater, which NASA’s now-dead Spirit rover studied intensively from 2004 through 2009, is one of three finalist landing sites for the agency’s next Mars rover, a life-hunting machine scheduled to launch in 2020.
Find out what’s up in your night sky during February 2017 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.