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The Sky This Week from November 22 to December 1

12 hours 18 min ago
A stunning conjunction between Venus and Jupiter early this week heralds an even prettier alignment when a crescent Moon joins the scene at week’s end. Meanwhile, Mercury puts in its best morning appearance of 2019.
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Strange galaxy cluster ignores massive black hole, forms stars

12 hours 18 min ago
Astronomers question why a supermassive black hole in the Phoenix Cluster doesn't disrupt star formation like its peers do.
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Three supermassive black holes found lurking in one galaxy

12 hours 18 min ago

NGC 6240 is a well-studied example of a galaxy merger. But the discovery that it hides three supermassive black holes makes it a stunning example of a galaxy formed through a triple merger.

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Few NASA astronauts may be on the International Space Station in upcoming months

12 hours 18 min ago

Due to delays in the Commercial Crew Program, NASA may be left without a ride to space.

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Astronomers look inside meteorites and find the sugars needed for life

12 hours 18 min ago
The discovery shows that the organic compounds needed for life can form in lifeless environments, like on asteroids and the early Earth.
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SpaceX loses first Starship prototype during testing

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 05:00

The aerospace company has plans to move forward with building and testing their other upcoming prototypes for the rocket.

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NASA is developing a lunar dust-busting paint

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 05:00
Moon dust is a major problem for astronauts, but a simple coating could ward off damage.
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12 Unique Space Gifts for Astronomy Lovers

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 05:00

Just in time for the holidays, we put together a list of the best astronomy gifts for the sky gazers and space lovers in your life. From our partners at My Science Shop. 

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A weird, orbital dance keeps these moons of Neptune from hitting each other

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 05:00
Bobbing up and down like a carousel horse might not sound like a stable way to orbit a planet, but it works for one little moon of Neptune. The planet's innermost known satellite, Naiad, has a tilted orbit and it moves up-and-down relative to its neighboring moon, Thalassa. The strange arrangement keeps the two moons from hitting each other or being thrown off into space, despite having close orbits, according to a new study. The finding also helps reveal some of the history behind Neptune&rsqu
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Astronomers catch water erupting from plumes on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers made the first direct measurement of water vapor in Europa’s atmosphere. It's the best evidence yet for water plumes erupting from the icy moon.
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NASA instrument spots its brightest X-ray burst ever

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
A strange brightening of the swirling disk of gas around a compact neutron star has astronomers excited.
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Huge black holes may have cannibalistic baby black holes orbiting around them

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
In the accretion disks of supermassive black holes, their smaller brethren might be merging with each other and growing larger.
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The Sky This Week from November 15 to 24

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 05:00
A spectacular conjunction between Venus and Jupiter wraps up a week that also features the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower.
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Watch live: Spacewalks to fix important Space Station instrument

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 05:00

Over a series of four to five spacewalks, astronauts will be repairing an instrument that has changed the way we see the universe.

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This spacecraft will detect if exoplanet skies are cloudy, hazy, or clear

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 05:00
Want to know the weather on another world? CASE will have you covered.
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SpaceX releases 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 05:00

The satellites might provide internet to the world one day, but they’re a subject of controversy in the world of astronomy.

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How could we find a wormhole hiding in the Milky Way?

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 05:00
A wormhole is a hypothetical concept that connects two separate areas of space-time. But if the Milky Way has one, we might be able to detect it by looking for oddly orbiting stars near it.
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What it takes to be a space pilot

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:00
With the expansion of commercial space exploration, more pilots will be needed. Here's how they get the job.
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The Sky This Week from November 8 to 17

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:00
A rare transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun highlights a week that also features a Full Moon and the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower.
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A rocky planet in this weird star system would have stunning skies

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 05:00
Every 75 years, skygazers on a hypothetical rocky planet in this solar system would see a giant planet appear 15 times brighter than Venus is in Earth’s sky.
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