Here's a selection of Astronomy/Space related stories you may find interesting. This newsletter is emailed weekly to requesting subscribers in more than 30 countries. Anyone can subscribe by completing the opt in form just over there on the right. See it, do it now! David Reneke is one of Australia's most well known and respected astronomers and lecturers with links to some of the world's leading astronomical institutions. David is the editor for Australia's Astro-Space News Magazine and a writer/publicist for Australasian Science magazine. MEDIA: Enquiries for interviews or information to davereneke@gmail.com Ph: 0400 636 363

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Let’s talk a little for a moment about sizes. Do you think the pyramids are big? How about Sears Tower? Both are nothing compared to Mt. Everest.

A light-year is how astronomers measure distance in space. It’s defined by how far a single beam of light travels in one year. Get ready for a surprise.

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22Jan2015

News Briefs – Breaking Stories – Oddities

A weekly addition of some of the more unusual stories and discoveries in space and astronomy from around the world. Updated daily for those wanting a quick update of current events so keep checking back for all the latest space ne

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22Jan2015

2016 Solar Eclipse Expedition Cruise – Book Now!

Dave Reneke - Guest Astronomer for Coral Princess 2016 Solar Eclipse expedition cruise. This is certainly going to be a once in a lifetime adventure! If you've never seen totality see it now on this unique cruise!  (more…)

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30Jan2015

Coffee Cup Designed To Let Astronauts Sip Espresso In Space

Here on Earth, it's easy to take things for granted. Drinking a cup of coffee, for example, is a shockingly simple act when you're affected by gravity, yet it's infinitely more difficult once you leave Earth's atmosphere. (more…)

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30Jan2015

Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View Of Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 237,000 kilometres from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft.  (more…)

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30Jan2015

Life In Universe May Be Much Older Than We Thought

 One of the greatest questions is whether life exists beyond our pale blue dot. The search extends across space and through the universe’s 13.8-billion-year history. Now, scientists have found five Earth-sized planet. (more…)

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29Jan2015

The Space Shuttle Challenger Exploded 29 Years Ago Today

It was 29 years ago today (January 29) that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. Most people still remember it vividly. In  schools across America kids were all gathered around TVs to watch the launch. (more…)

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29Jan2015

Distant Exoplanet Hosts ‘Super Saturn’ Ring System

Astronomers say they have discovered a planet with a gigantic ring system that is 200 times larger than that around Saturn. It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System. (more…)

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29Jan2015

Students To Send Life To Mars On Mars One Lander in 2018

The first step to establish a permanent colony on Mars could be taken in 2018 when a group of European students will send its project to the Red Planet. The team are students from Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. (more…)

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29Jan2015

How Richard Branson Funds Virgin Galactic

Sir Richard Branson is a mass of contradictions. A man who often appears shy, yet has built a brand around his charisma. Someone who vaunts his social conscience, but who lives as a tax exile on Necker island. (more…)

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27Jan2015

Black Holes Toe The Line

Research at Swinburne University of Technology has shown that it is possible to predict the masses of black holes in galaxies for which it was previously thought not possible. This is truly cutting edge Aussie Astronomy! (more…)

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27Jan2015

Astrophotography With Just Your Iphone!

OVERVIEW by Tammy Plotner: Are you ready for a really cool, new product? Then you've got to check out the Orion SteadyPix iPhone Adapter! (more…)

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26Jan2015

Its Show-Time For Pluto

 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has travelled almost 5 billionkilometres and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. This week it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world. (more…)

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25Jan2015

Large Asteroid Will Pass Earth On Australia Day 2015

Astronomers will be pointing their telescopes to the sky this Australia Day trying to get a glimpse of a giant asteroid heading our way. But there will be no need to enlist the help of Bruce Willis or his demolition buddies. (more…)

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25Jan2015

TV Hosts Think Moon Is A Planet, Or Maybe A Star?

They spend hours wearing orange makeup and rigid smiles, trying to sell over-hyped items to viewers. They seem smart on the surface but..would you buy from someone who doesn’t know the Moon is a moon? (more…)

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25Jan2015

Milky Way’s Arm Might Encircle The Entire Galaxy

Its our home, the galactic place we live but we know so relatively little about it. Given that our Solar System sits inside the Milky Way Galaxy, getting a clear picture of what it looks like as a whole can be quite tricky. (more…)

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25Jan2015

An Introduction To Safe Solar Viewing

Experienced amateur solar observers are not only good at what they do, they're highly creative as well. Case in point, this amazing image of the Sun superimposed on an 'impossible ocean' by master solar imager John Earl. (more…)

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25Jan2015

The Nearest Stars To Earth (Infographic)

Most people are unaware that within a reasonable span of our solar system lie quite a number of stars and star systems reachable by us in the near future. Let's examin the omes we know of and see which ones you'd like to visit. (more…)

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24Jan2015

The Milky Way Could Be A “Galactic Transport System”

Based on the latest evidence and theories our galaxy could be a huge wormhole (or space-time tunnel; have you seen the amazing hit movie “Interstellar?”) and, if that were true, it would be “stable and navigable.” (more…)

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History Keys - Space History

What's Up This Month
  • The Exciting World Of Space Exploration

    Each week we feature some aspect of astronomy or space exploration and look at those who pioneered the way in the early years. Our stories go way back through history and extend right up to the present day. Check back regularly for new stories.

    PLUS We will also regularly examine the histories of some of the outstanding space/astronomy pioneers of past era's and recall a few who made a silent, but important, contribution. Historic pics included!

  • International

    18Apr2013

    United States and North American News

    A regular update on the most important news stories in astronomy and space from the best United States and North American news sources. Breaking news, latest discoveries plus the weird and wonderful. Updated regularly! (more…)

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    10May2012

    Europe – British – Rest Of World News

      A regular update on the most important news stories in astronomy and space from the best European, Asian and Southern hemi news sources. Breaking news, latest discoveries plus the weird and wonderful. Updated regularly! (more…)

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