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All 7 planets in the night sky this week

This week presents a rare opportunity to see all the major planets of the solar system in a single night.SetupJust after sunset tonight (Dec. 21) the two brightest planets will be shining, weather permitting. Venus, the brightest, rides low in the southwest just

December 22, 2011

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Bright lights in the evening sky: Venus & Jupiter

The two intensely bright "stars" in the night sky tonight are a pair of dazzling planets: Venus and Jupiter as bright lights outshining all stars right now. If you have clear skies overhead, you should be able to spot these eye-catching worlds with your naked

December 15, 2011

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MSL/Curiosity looks like comet while traveling toward Mars

Astronomers at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium in Australia took incredible time-lapse video . The sequence shows a plume drifting against the background stars, probably caused by venting from the Centaur rocket stage that sent the Mars Science

November 29, 2011

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Curiosity Rover launches to Mars

NASA has launched its next Mars rover, kicking off a long-awaited mission to investigate whether the Red Planet could ever have hosted microbial life.The Curiosity rover blasted off atop its Atlas 5 rocket today (Nov. 26) at 10:02 a.m. EST (1502 GMT), streaking

November 26, 2011

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Jupiter in opposition closeup and a transiting Great Red Spot

Jupiter has been putting on quite a show in the night sky lately as it officially reached opposition on October 28, 2011, making it a target of many astrophotographers as the gas giant shows itself off big and bright in the night sky. This animation from amateur

October 31, 2011

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Bright spot spotted on Uranus

According to various sources, a bright spot – possibly a developing storm – has been spotted on Uranus.Professional observers on October 27 reported a very bright cloud on Uranus, using the Gemini telescope, and need amateur confirmation if possible, to obta

October 29, 2011

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Jupiter at opposition to the Sun

Jupiter will take center stage in the sky this month as it nears opposition to the sun. At opposition, expected on Oct. 29, Jupiter shines opposite the sun in our sky.  Jupiter will rise in the eastern sky at sunset, stay out all night long and set in the west at

October 28, 2011

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Sun blasted CME toward Mars

A bright CME blasted off the sun on Oct. 22nd, and it appears to be heading for Mars. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab expect the cloud to reach the Red Planet on Oct. 26th (forecast track). A brief discussion of what CMEs can do to Mars follows this SOHO

October 23, 2011

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Significant CME heading toward Mars

A significant CME blasted off the sun today, Oct. 22nd, around 1100 UT. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say the cloud is heading for Mars, due to hit the Red Planet on Oct. 26th.  (movie, forecast track)While looking at the latest STEREO Ahead images,

October 22, 2011

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Farside CME hurled toward Mercury and Venus

An active region on the far side of the sun erupted on Oct. 14th and hurled a significant coronal mass ejection toward Mercury and Venus. Analysts at the Goddard Space Flight Center expect the cloud to hit the innermost planet on Oct. 15th around 8:30 UT.

October 14, 2011

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Farside CME heading for Mercury

Yesterday, October 4th, something exploded on the far side of the sun and propelled a spectacular CME into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud as it emerged from behind the sun's limb:Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have

October 05, 2011

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Missing planet explains our solar system's structure

The Solar System once had five giant gaseous planets rather than the four it has today. That's the conclusion from a computer simulation of the Solar System's evolution, which suggests the fifth giant was hurled into interstellar space some 4 billion years...

October 04, 2011

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Solar wind blasts Mercury

At a NASA teleconference yesterday, researchers working with data from the Messenger spacecraft offered new evidence that gusts of solar wind are penetrating Mercury's magnetic field and eroding material off the planet's surface. The spacecraft has actually flown

September 30, 2011

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NASA's press conference: MESSENGER reveals new details of planet Mercury

NASA will announce new findings about Mercury during a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 29th. Tune in at 2 pm EDT to find out what the MESSENGER spacecraft has been learning about the innermost planet.MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals New Details of Mercury2 p.m. EDT,

September 29, 2011

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Sun spews CME toward Mercury

On Sept 8th around 2300 UT, the SOHO and STEREO spacecraft detected a significant CME emerging from the farside of the sun. Earth is not in the line of fire, but the planet Mercury is. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate that the cloud will reach the

September 09, 2011

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Fourth moon discovered around Pluto

Five years after Pluto was stripped of its planet status, astronomers have discovered yet another moon in orbit around it, bringing its entourage to four. The tiny body may have been born in the same collision that gave birth to Pluto's other moons.The Hubble Space

July 25, 2011

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Planetary triangle seen on sky this morning

Another day, another alignment of planets. "This morning, May 14th, the 'planetary triangle' created by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury adorned the eastern sky behind my nearby mosque," reports Shahrin Ahmad, who snapped this picture from his rooftop observatory of Sri

May 14, 2011