June 30 has been declared by the United Nations to be International Asteroid Day. To celebrate the day, there will be a 24-hour global telethon with scientists, astronauts space agencies and even rock stars taking part. The Asteroid Day Live Stream event will be broadcast worldwide from Luxembourg as well as online and will highlight…

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NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star’s habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. This is…

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This shot from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This stormy scene shows a stellar nursery known as N159, an HII region over 150 light-years across. N159 contains many hot young stars. These stars…

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Enigmatic ‘dark energy‘, thought to make up 68% of the universe, may not exist at all, according to a Hungarian-American team. The researchers believe that standard models of the universe fail to take account of its changing structure, but that once this is done the need for dark energy disappears. The team publish their results…

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Three decades ago, astronomers spotted one of the brightest exploding stars in more than 400 years. The titanic supernova, called Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A), blazed with the power of 100 million suns for several months following its discovery on Feb. 23, 1987. This is where Supernova 1987A is located Since that first sighting, SN 1987A…

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NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft’s…

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The Main Screen for LunarPhase Pro Verison 4. Click the image for a full-size view I wrote my first astronomy application back in 1981 while I was still in University. It was for the Sinclair ZX81. A year earlier I had bought my first ever computer – a ZX80 which had a whopping 1K RAM…

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In the video below, scientists Tony Darnell, Dr. Carol Christian and Scott Lewis discuss observations of Ganymede with the Hubble Space Telescope science team. Nearly 500 million miles from the Sun lies a moon orbiting Jupiter that is slightly larger than the planet Mercury and may contain more water than all of Earth’s oceans. Temperatures…

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The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, in conjunction with the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii, publicly released data yesterday from Pan-STARRS — the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System — the world’s largest digital sky survey. “The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys allow anyone to access millions of images and…

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The first ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet in October and now the second mission has been confirmed to complete its construction for a 2020 launch. ESA and Thales Alenia Space signed a contract today that secures the completion of the European elements of the next mission. The main objective of the ExoMars programme…

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