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The Sky This Week from November 22 to December 1

Astronomy Magazine - 13 hours 40 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

Astronomy Magazine - 13 hours 40 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

Astronomy Magazine - 13 hours 40 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

Astronomy Magazine - 13 hours 40 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

Astronomy Magazine - 13 hours 40 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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?

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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

Astronomy Magazine - 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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