It’s truly Christmas’ James Webb Space Telescope’s yuletide launch has NASA overjoyed

After years of delays, billions of dollars in cost overruns, and several last minute postponements due to technical and weather issues, the James Webb Space Telescope launched into space in a flawless Christmas liftoff that has scientists overjoyed.  “It’s truly Christmas with all the presents and everything and we have a space mission,” Thomas Zurbuchen, … Read more

The Christmas night sky: A 2021 Yuletide stargazing guide

Christmas is almost here, and the night sky obliges by presenting a beautiful display of celestial sights, perfectly timed out to coincide with the holiday. In ancient times, Dec. 25 was the date of the lavish Roman festival of Saturnalia, a sort of bacchanalian Thanksgiving to the god of agriculture, for whom the slowest moving … Read more