Wednesday, May 17, 2017

EarthSky News - May 17 - Does Mars Have a North Star?

May 17
Does Mars Have a North Star?
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Does Mars have a north star?
Earth's North Star is Polaris. It's the star located nearly directly above Earth's northern axis. Will future Mars explorers have a North Star to guide them?
Planet circus in May, with explanation
A beautiful spatial view of our solar system from Guy Ottewell, showing the planets' paths along their orbits in approximately mid-May, 2017, with sightlines to them from the Earth.
Tonight … Find the Omega Centauri star cluster
The sparkling blue-white star Spica and even brighter planet Jupiter can act as your guide to the Omega Centauri cluster - a globular cluster - on these May nights.
Did this human species coexist with our ancestors?
Fossil remains of Homo naledi found in a South African cave might be the first evidence of another species of hominin coexisting with the first humans in Africa.

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Find the Omega Centauri star cluster
Many consider the Omega Centauri star cluster to be the finest globular star cluster visible in Earth's skies. Image via Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia.
Rainbow from Shiprock, New Mexico
Shiprock is a beautiful rock formation, rising some 1,583 feet (483 meters) above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico. Photo by Jeff Berkes Photography.
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