Here’s how to watch the full ‘wolf moon’ this week

January’s full moon, popularly known as the wolf moon, is almost upon us. Here’s “howl” to watch it shine brightly this Thursday (Jan. 28). The moon will be at its fullest for just an instant — on Thursday, that happens at 2:16 p.m. EST (19:16 UTC). But, as with every full moon cycle, the moon […]

The Milky Way is probably full of dead civilizations

Most of the alien civilizations that ever dotted our galaxy have probably killed themselves off already. That’s the takeaway of a new study, published Dec. 14 to the arXiv database, which used modern astronomy and statistical modeling to map the emergence and death of intelligent life in time and space across the Milky Way. Their […]

Magnetic vortices come full circle

Reconstructed vortex rings inside a magnetic micropillar. Credit: Claire Donnelly Magnets often harbor hidden beauty. Take a simple fridge magnet: Somewhat counterintuitively, it is ‘sticky’ on one side but not the other. The secret lies in the way the magnetisation is arranged in a well-defined pattern within the material. More intricate magnetization textures are at […]

Catch the full moon (and a penumbral eclipse) on Monday

Skywatchers admiring November’s full moon will also get to see another treat: a penumbral eclipse, when the moon passes through Earth’s outer shadow, on Monday, Nov. 30, according to NASA. The moon will be at its fullest for only a moment — on Monday, that happens at 4:30 a.m. EST (9:30 UTC) — but the […]