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The Sky This Week from June 5 to 12

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 04:00
Celebrate Saturn, Mars, and several famous asterisms in the sky this week.
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Remembering the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory: 20 Years after its death

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:00

The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory helped open up a new window to the cosmos. And 20 years after its demise, we look back at what it revealed.

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Half the matter in the cosmos was missing, but astronomers found it

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:00
The "missing baryon problem" plagued scientists for over 20 years. But a new celestial phenomenon and cutting-edge telescopes helped them find it earlier this year.
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The history and future of telescopes on the Moon

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:00
For generations, astronomers have dreamed of building telescopes on the lunar farside. And that dream may soon be a reality.
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Ancient Mars may have once had rings, then moons, then rings …

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 04:00

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, scientists believe one of Mars’ current moons, Phobos, may have been born from a ring of dust left by former versions of itself.

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‘Mother of Hubble’ honored as namesake of upcoming NASA space telescope

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

NASA will name its next-generation space telescope, WFIRST, after the space agency’s first chief astronomer, Nancy Grace Roman.

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In historic first, SpaceX's Crew Dragon successfully delivers NASA astronauts to the space station

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 04:00
Elon Musk's rocket company came through, becoming the first private enterprise to put a human in orbit. The launch also restored America's ability to launch astronauts from its own soil.
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Retired astronauts discuss the future of spaceflight ahead of SpaceX Crew Dragon launch

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

Two NASA veterans — Nicole Stott and Cady Coleman — ponder humanity’s future in space, as well as the role women will play in it.

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The Sky This Week from May 29 to June 5

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00
It’s a feast of planets as familiar star shapes return to the sky this week.
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Death from above: 7 unlucky tales of people killed by meteorites

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00
Thousands of years of historical records show people are likely struck by meteorites surprisingly often.
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Astronauts first trip on SpaceX's Crew Dragon pushed back to Saturday

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 04:00
A tornado warning sounded in Cape Canaveral as people ventured to watch the first crewed flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule. And although Wednesday's launch was postponed until Saturday, the new weekend slot may make the event even more accessible.
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SpaceX's Crew Dragon launch: What to know about the historic mission

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:00
American astronauts haven’t launched from U.S. soil since 2011, and they’ve never ventured to space aboard a privately built rocket. That’s about to change.
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With kids at home, Earth School wants to send them on a "quest"

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:00
Over 1.5 billion children can't go to school right now. An online program called Earth School hopes to help by offering kids, parents and teachers dozens of science "quests."
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Pluto’s strange atmosphere just collapsed

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 04:00
The dramatic fall in atmospheric pressure on Pluto is much larger than astronomers expected.
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The Sky This Week from May 22 to 29

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 04:00
This is a great week for comets, clusters, and more in the night sky.
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Wandering stars pass through our solar system surprisingly often

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 04:00
Our sun has had close encounters with other stars in the past, and it’s due for a dangerously close one in the not-so-distant future.
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10 unique gifts for dads who love astronomy and skygazing

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 17:00
The best Father’s Day gifts for geek dads, skygazers and astronomy enthusiasts. From our partners at My Science Shop.
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A 3D guide to cosmic clouds with Queen guitarist Brian May

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:30
A glimpse behind the dusty veil of nebulae reveals the chemistry of the universe.
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Glimpse into Cosmic Cloud 3D

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:30
A glimpse behind the dusty veil of nebulae reveals the chemistry of the universe.
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Observing edge-on and face-on galaxies

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:30
Hunting pins and needles in the deep sky will give your observing some pizzazz.
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