Astronomy

Get facts about astronomy. Learn about the moon, sun, stars, planets, galaxies, and more.


If you want to hear the aurora sound, listen on a calm, clear night. (Luke Stackpoole)
Do the Northern Lights or aurora borealis make a sound? The answer is yes. However, not everyone hears the sound and not all aurora produce it. Eyewitness Accounts of the Aurora Sound Several credible witnesses in both the Northern Hemisphere (aurora borealis) and Southern Hemisphere (aurora australis) report hearing a […]

Does the Aurora Borealis Make a Sound?


The largest solstice celebration in the world is at Stonehenge in England.
The solstice is the longest or shortest day of the year, depending on whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. It marks the official beginning of summer and winter. Here’s a collection of useful and interesting solstice facts. The Solstice Marks the Longest and Shortest Day of the […]

Solstice Fast Facts


Astronomy Word Search DBL
Word search puzzles are a fun way to learn glossary terms for a subject. This word search has an out-of-this-world set of glossary terms dealing with astronomy. Find astronomy-themed words from the list in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.  The puzzle is optimized to fit on a standard 8.5″x11″ sheet […]

Astronomy Word Search Puzzle



Full Moon (Ganapathy Kumar)
The full moon has many names. Some names are based on the Moon’s appearance, while other signify the meaning of a full moon during a certain month, season, or astronomical event. Here is a list of full moon names and what they mean. Full Moon Names for Appearance Sometimes the […]

Full Moon Names


Constellations Wordsearch Puzzle
Constellations are patterns we’ve assigned to groups of stars in the night sky. A constellations wordsearch is patterns of letters hidden in a sky of letters. Find the names of major constellations in this wordsearch puzzle. The names of the constellations can be found vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. The puzzle is […]

Constellations Wordsearch Puzzle


Data from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko or the Rosetta Comet tells us how a comet smells. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team
The Rosetta probe made incredible discoveries about comets by taking measurements of  67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Its ROSINA instrument (Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis) included two mass spectrometers that determined how a comet smells. If you think it smells like a dirty snowball, guess again (unless you find that snowball at […]

What Does a Comet Smell Like?