Next month will mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, but Tuesday is a pretty important anniversary, too — and Greg Redfern was there to see the building of the spacecraft that were involved.
The brightest stellar-like object in the night sky is not a star but mighty Jupiter, the “king of the planets.” You can’t miss Jupiter even in downtown D.C. — it is that bright. Catch it Tuesday night, when it’ll be at its closest.
On Saturday night, millions across the globe will shut off their lights for “Earth Hour,” an annual event that brings attention to our planet and nature. “We need events like this to remind us that we — humans — are just part of the planet,” WTOP’s Greg Redfern says.
Greg Redfern is calling is the full wolf supermoon total lunar eclipse, and it doesn’t just sound cool — he says it’ll look cool. Here’s when and how to watch.
As 2018 draws to a merciful close, the astronomical world is centered on the New Horizons spacecraft team as it zeros in on a world the size of D.C., in the far reaches of our solar system.
“The legacy of Apollo 8 is that space makes us attempt daring things as a result of earthly human events,” WTOP’s Greg Redfern writes, 50 years since the mission brought the world together on Christmas Eve. “Let us hope and collectively strive for once again being so daring.”
The winter solstice, the highest Moon of the year and three bright planets — it’s going to be quite a weekend in the skies. Greg Redfern explains it all.
OK, Santa. You have a lover of skywatching and space on your list. What’cha gonna do? Here’s just the thing to help you out: time-proven presents for that admirer of all things out of this world.
If you can find skies dark enough, try your luck at spotting Comet 46P/Wirtanen on Sunday, passing through between Earth and the Sun this week.
From your backyard to the National Air and Space Museum, here’s where you can celebrate ‘International Observe the Moon Night.’
After a stormy, humid summer, fall officially arrives Saturday at 9:54 p.m. EDT — and the sun begins its annual southward drift. It’s a great season for gazing at the heavens.
On Friday night, skywatchers worldwide can see Mars rise in the southeast at sunset. And, for those in the Eastern Hemisphere, the sky will also feature the longest total lunar eclipse of this century.
Go out and see the celestial parade of the visible planets known to our ancestors — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — gracing our skies overnight.
Even with summer’s longer days, there is still plenty to enjoy in the night sky. WTOP Sky Guy Greg Redfern gives the lowdown on how to spot a planet among the stars and what astronomy events are happening in the D.C. area.
The recent Nobel Prize winner in physics, Rainer Weiss, helped prove Einstein’s 100-year-old theory on gravitational waves to to be accurate. He regaled the audience with stories on how he almost gave up on a career in science before coming back to MIT.
Recreating the District in video game form was no small task. Here's how the developers did it.