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A guide to the 2024 solar ecli

A guide to the 2024 solar eclipse

When the skies over Mexico and North America darken on April 8, all eyes will be drawn upward to behold a celestial phenomenon that only happens once in a generation: a total solar eclipse. This stunning phenomenon, in which the moon passes squarely between Earth and the sun, offers an Read More...

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Attention all stargazers! Geminid meteor shower is set to dazzle tonight's night sky 

In the heart of the holiday season and the festive buzz of December, there is yet another event to look forward to: the annual extravaganza, the celestial spectacle—the Geminid meteor shower. A glittering display The skies promise a thrilling show tonight, Wednesday, December 13, through Read More...

The dawn of space-based solar

The dawn of space-based solar energy: a sustainable solution to our energy needs

Space-based solar power is a visionary solution to our energy demands in a world where the need for renewable energy is growing. The idea of beaming solar energy from space to Earth may have appeared science fiction at one point, but it is now on the cusp of becoming a reality. Scientists and Read More...

How and where to see this week

How and where to see this week's annular "ring of fire" solar eclipse

On October 14, nature will present us with a rare celestial spectacle: an annular solar eclipse. This enthralling occurrence will light up the sky, transforming the sun into a dazzling "ring of fire." While the will mostly take place over regions of the western United States, and Central and South Read More...

Astronaut looks to Earth from Moon

NASA Artemis I makes triumphant return from the moon

NASA's new multibillion-dollar spacecraft returned from the moon this past weekend, bringing the agency closer to returning astronauts to the moon by 2025. The Artemis program completed phase one when the Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California at 9:40 in the Read More...

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Revel at the most detailed image of our universe yet

Here at The Optimist Daily, we have been sharing every exciting step of the James Webb Telescope’s journey, from its long-awaited launch, to when it reached its final destination. Now the machine has delivered the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe yet! Known as Read More...

Planets

Astronomers discover nearby multi-planet system

Astronomers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a multi-planet system in our own galactic neighborhood. It is only 10 parsecs, or 33 lightyears, away from our own solar system, making it one of the closest systems to our own.  Discoverers dubbed the small and cool Read More...

NASA team

NASA assembles team to investigate UFO sightings

While the Pentagon has confirmed the sightings of UFOs over the last couple of years, these are still unexplained. In response, NASA is forming its own independent team for the purpose of studying UFOs.  The confirmed UFO sightings certainly have many scientists and officials boggled, but there Read More...

Image of Venus, the second planet from the Sun, with elements furnished by NASA.

NASA’s plan to uncover the secrets of Venus

NASA has just released plans for a new mission called Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gasses, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI). Details of this daring feat have just been released in a paper by the agency, explaining their plan to descend through Venus’ layered atmosphere to the Read More...

What you need to know about NA

What you need to know about NASA’s new mineral dust detector

Did you know that a billion metric tons of mineral dust - equivalent to 10,000 aircraft carriers - from deserts and dry regions on Earth get carried by strong winds into the atmosphere? Scientists are sure that this dust impacts the environment and climate, but there isn't enough data to determine Read More...