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The BepiColombo mission will image Mercury like never before

Astronomy Magazine - 9 hours 15 min ago

A world of both fire and ice, Mercury excites and confounds scientists. The BepiColombo probe, launching on October 20, aims to make sense of this mysterious world.

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The Trillion Planet Survey is looking for alien laser beams

Astronomy Magazine - 9 hours 15 min ago
Rather than radio waves, could light beams hold the key to receiving an alien message?
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Look up this weekend: The Orionid meteor shower will light up the sky

Astronomy Magazine - 9 hours 15 min ago
A Gift From Halley This weekend, go outside and look up in the dark hours before dawn to witness the annual Orionid meteor shower, which will hit its peak overnight on October 21-22. You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that’s still ongoing. But this week, and more specifically this weekend, the Orionid meteors will be easy to spot. The Orionid meteors streak
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Where should NASA search for extraterrestrial life?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:00
A new report says it's time to head underground to find life on other worlds.
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The Moon makes a close encounter of the martian kind

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:00
The waxing gibbous Moon crosses into Capricornus this evening, where it has a magnificent encounter with magnitude –0.9 Mars. Once twilight fades away, the pretty pair stands some 30° above the southern horizon with Mars 6° to the Moon’s left. The two edge closer as the evening progresses. Unfortunately, North American observers won’t see their actual conjunction, which occurs at 9 a.m. EDT tomorrow when our satellite passes 2° due north of the planet. By the
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Another neutron star merger may have been spotted

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:00
An event that looks suspiciously like the one that produced gravitational waves in 2017 hints that mergers between neutron stars and other exotic objects may be easier to find than we'd thought.
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Jupiter's moon Ganymede has Earthlike faults

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:00
The solar system's largest satellite may hold the key to understanding its sister moon, Europa.
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Four 'hot Jupiter' exoplanets discovered around a young star

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:00

For the first time, researchers have found a young “toddler” star with four massive, hot Jupiter exoplanets around it.

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The five brightest planets align in the night sky

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:00
Get ready for an exquisite night sky line-up that you won't want to miss.
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Chandra X-ray Observatory back online after failure

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:00
NASA's 19-year-old X-ray telescope will soon continue its mission, as engineers continue working to fix Hubble's malfunctioning gyroscope.
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Hayabusa2’s close encounter with asteroid Ryugu

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:00
In one of two dress rehearsals, Hayabusa2 is descending almost close enough to touch the boulder-strewn surface.
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The sky this week for October 12 to 21

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00
Longer nights bring familiar constellations, autumn meteors, and your last chance to see our solar system's largest planet this year.
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How did Titan get its haze?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00
Scientists find new clues to explain the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon.
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The Jesuit astronomer who conceived of the Big Bang

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00
The idea that our universe is expanding was once radical, but today it underpins our entire understanding of the cosmos. Here's how it all started.
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Orion, harbinger of winter, begins rising around midnight

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00

The winter sky's most conspicuous constellation is now prominent in the dawn sky. 

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Apollo 7: 50 years ago

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:00
On January 27, 1967, Apollo 1 crew members Roger Chaffee, Ed White, and Gus Grissom were killed in a fire during a test of the spacecraft while on the launchpad. Twenty-one months later, the three men who had originally served as their backup crew — Walter Schirra Jr., Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham — flew on Apollo 7, the first manned American spaceflight since the accident. Their mission was a resounding success, speeding the Apollo program ahead to reach the Moon by the end of
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This massive star died with a whisper, not a bang

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:00
An odd, "wimpy" supernova appears to have birthed something strange.
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The Moon and Jupiter make a pretty pair after sunset

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:00

Jupiter stands near the Moon as the Sun sets this evening. 

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Black holes can't explain dark matter

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:00
A new study shows the universe's mysterious missing matter can't be attributed entirely to black holes.
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Soyuz rocket failure: What went wrong, and what happens next

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:00
After a successful emergency abort, two men are safe, but what about the vehicle that failed them?
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