A brand new meteor-impact crater on Mars

May 26
(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS As the image above shows the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shot a brand new meteor-impact crater on Mars last March 20, 2014. After an intense explosion in the Martian sky an asteroid impacted on the Red Planet creating a large new crater large like a football field. As the experts claim the impact happened on March 27, 2012 and March 28, 2012. MARCI is operated by Malin

News from the Sky: a good night to shot PanSTARRS

May 20
Tonight the 8 mag bright PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 will meet the Galaxy NGC 3726 in the constellation of the Big Dipper. The weather is supposed to be just fine and the Moon rise comes late. Both objects – the comet as well as the galaxy – should be visible with a binocular of more than 50 mm aperture. With the help of a small telescope the view will become better of course. For all astrophotographers

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows signs of life

May 19
For a cometary enthusiast there is again high time (the last was in November 2013, when we had a set of bright comets: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke and C/2012X1): two comets are hanging around high in the sky close to the constellation of Big Dipper: The comet PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and 209P/LINEAR. PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 should be visible with a binocular while for watching 209P/LINEAR you may need very good eyes – or better – at

The NEOShield Catching Comets Contest

May 16
Ready to become Comet Hunters? Join the the NEOShield team participating in the Catching Comets Contest! Special prizes for special ones! On the next days comets PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and 209P/LINEAR will be visible just with binoculars or small telescopes (Read the past article). What you have to do to enter the contest is: observe the night sky find the comets take a shot to PanSTARRS or LINEAR (or both if you want) send your