Andrew Fazekas

Today, National Geographic Live announces its fall 2016 season lineup featuring some of the best explorers, photographers and adventurers in their fields. The broad range of programming, which will be presented at National Geographic’s downtown headquarters, continues Nat Geo Live’s long-standing tradition of offering quality events featuring bold people and transformative ideas to multi-generational audiences in the Washington metropolitan...

The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms. From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of the sun on October 17, NASA solar scientists knew it was...

Update November 7, 2014: NASA scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, report that analyses by the MAVEN mission and other Mars-orbiting spacecraft reveal that the red planet likely enjoyed a nighttime meteor shower due to the comet. Thousands of shooting star likely crossed the Martian sky on the evening of October 19....

A spooky celestial sky show delights sky-watchers this week, in anticipation of October’s Halloween holiday, by offering everything from shooting stars to a solar disappearing act to ghostly light from beyond. Orionids peak. In the predawn hours of Tuesday, October 21, and the following mornings, the Orionid meteor shower peaks, with as many as 20 shooting stars...

A once-in-a-million-year close encounter comes to Mars on Sunday. A comet will zoom past the red planet, and space observers are ready. A flotilla of spacecraft will enjoy a ringside seat, precariously close as the speeding mountain-sized snowball barnstorms the red planet and swings its debris-filled tail around the nearby world. Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) will...

Sky-watchers enjoy parting views of Saturn, the “lord of the rings,” this week, along with the moon joining a star cluster and a historic encounter between the red planet and an icy interloper.  Sinking Saturn. Starting Tuesday, October 14, sky-watchers get their last chance to see Saturn as it quickly continues to sink in the...

Astronomers are moonstruck! The man in the moon, we learned just last week, formed from dark flowing lava over three billion years ago, instead of a long supposed giant asteroid impact. Now, we learn that same volcanism may have kept on erupting until surprisingly recent times. High-resolution imagery of the entire moon’s surface from NASA’s...

The blood moon passes over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday morning, October 8, 2014. The moon blushed red for sky-watchers across North America and much of the Pacific region early this morning, offering prime views of a total lunar eclipse. (Video: “Time-Lapse: Blood Moon Over The National Mall.”) For more than two hours,...

    Amid excitement over a total eclipse, stargazers also can look forward this week to some starry surprises and a minor meteor shower. As always, the skies offer plenty of sights worth staying up to see. Uranus Opposition.   Uranus officially reaches opposition on Tuesday, October 7. That means the outer planet will be...

A flock of celestial ducks take flight in a stunning new snapshot released on Wednesday, offering astronomers a lesson on how stars are made and sky-watchers a reminder of a fun viewing opportunity. Using the keen digital eye of the 7.2-foot (2.2-meter) telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile, astronomers have revealed the Wild Duck...

A trove of celestial treasures—including the chance to track down a cosmic swan and eagle—come sky-watchers’ way this week, thanks to the moon acting as a guidepost. On top of that, the “king of asteroids” is meeting up with the “lord of the rings.” Moon and the red wonders. Just after sunset on Monday, September...

Everyone needs some alone time—even stars. Astronomers now think they have an explanation as to why so many stars are single or double stars. While most stars are born in clustered stellar nurseries, the great majority we see across the cosmos spend their lives as loners or double stars.  A new study published this week in...

When it comes to galaxies, it’s survival of the largest. Monster galaxies grow by cannibalizing their smaller neighbors, instead of birthing new stars on their own. In a new study, led by Aaron Robotham of the University of Western Australia, that looked at 22,000 galaxies, astronomers found that the more massive the galaxy, the more it...

As seasons change and a new spacecraft sets up shop around Mars, sky-watchers can see the red planet face off with a rival, a treat along with other celestial treasures.  September equinox. The autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the southern counterpart officially arrives on Tuesday, September 23, at 2:29 Universal Time (10:29...

  Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars come from? Now astronomers have actually counted every single twinkling star visible from the night skies of Earth—and the number is astounding. Using the giant 8.2-foot (2.5-meter) glass eye of the Isaac Newton...