Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for February. See all the planets, plus mission updates from comet and asteroid missions Dawn and Rosetta. Hello and welcome. I'm Jane Houston Jones at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
In the evening sky, Mercury and Jupiter are visible to the unaided eye, but you'll need binoculars or telescopes to spot Uranus and Neptune. Mars rises before midnight, joining Jupiter as they gracefully arc from east to west. Spot Mercury and Venus in the southeast sky before dawn, and Mars and Saturn higher in the morning sky.
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AFP (May 7, 2013) Europe's lightweight rocket, Vega, has been launched from Kourou space base in French Guiana for the first mission, webcast live, since its maiden flight in February last ... watch video
AP (Oct. 16, 2013) Russian divers on Wednesday retrieved the largest fragment so far of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over the southern Urals city on February 15 and crashed to the bottom of Lake Chebarkul. ... watch video
NASA (Apr. 26, 2013) During an Earth Day visit to Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver received a tour of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission control room and was briefed on Goddard Earth ... watch video
NASA (Mar. 5, 2014) Former astronaut Chris Ferguson of The Boeing Company demonstrated that the CST-100 spacecraft simulator and software allows a human pilot to take over control of the spacecraft from the computer ... watch video
Apr. 24, 2015 A long-standing puzzle regarding the nature of disk galaxies has finally been solved by a team of astronomers using state-of-the-art theoretical models. The new study shows that groups of stars with ... read more
Apr. 23, 2015 Inside NASA's giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the James Webb Space Telescope's Pathfinder backplane test model, is being prepared for its ... read more
Apr. 23, 2015 Detecting an 'earthquake' on Venus would seem to be an impossible task. But conditions in Venus' atmosphere are much more hospitable, and it is here that researchers hope to deploy an array of ... read more
Apr. 23, 2015 Albert Einstein tells us that clocks run slower the deeper they are in the gravitational potential well of a mass – the closer they are to a heavenly body, for example. This effect is described by ... read more
Apr. 22, 2015 Saturn's moon Titan is the only moon in the solar system that has an atmosphere as thick as Earth's, consisting of more than 98 percent nitrogen, roughly 1.4 percent of methane, and smaller amounts ... read more
Apr. 22, 2015 Star system Tau Ceti has long been used in science fiction as a very likely place to have life due to its proximity to Earth and the star's sun-like characteristics. Since December 2012 Tau Ceti has ... read more
Apr. 22, 2015 Astronomers have made the first-ever direct detection of the spectrum of visible light reflected off an exoplanet. These observations also revealed new properties of this famous object, the first ... read more