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
June 25, 2015 A new supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a ... read more
June 24, 2015 Astronomers have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dispersing from a warm, Neptune-sized planet orbiting a nearby star. The enormous comet-like tail of the planet is ... read more
June 23, 2015 In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy's oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes -- created when the X-rays ... read more
June 23, 2015 To find life in the universe, it helps to know what it might look like. If there are organisms on other planets that do not rely wholly on photosynthesis -- as some on Earth ... read more
Apr. 24, 2014 A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta. These two -- the largest and third-largest bodies ... read more
July 18, 2011 NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn will study the asteroid, named Vesta, for a year ... read more
June 15, 2011 A new scenario describing a key step in the formation of the solar system has been proposed by a French-American collaboration. According to this model, Jupiter migrated towards the Sun to the ... read more