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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Nothing can compare with the feeling of making a direct connection to the cosmos!  This is what a telescope can bring. 

 The sky is enormous and filled with mysterious and interesting things. We’re only just now beginning to realise the extent of it all.

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14Apr2014

News Briefs – Breaking Stories – Oddities

 A weekly roundup of some of the more unusual,  topical stories and discoveries in space and astronomy from around the world. Designed especially for those who just want a  quick hassle free read or update of current events.

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11Apr2014

Solar Eclipse 29 April – Special Viewing Offer!

A partial solar eclipse will take place during the afternoon of Tuesday 29 April 2014, viewable across Australia and parts of Antarctica, Indonesia and the Indian Ocean. The offer comes with a FREE DVD! (more...)

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21Apr2014

Plan To Brighten the Moon

It sounds like the plot of a James Bond movie: There's a plan afoot to make the moon brighter in the night sky, potentially saving the world billions of dollars in power costs running street lamps. (more...)

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20Apr2014

Happy Birthday Hubble

The Hubble telescope has just celebrated 24years in space. For the general public, unfamiliar with NASA missions, Hubble is  the one spacecraft they can name without having to think. (more...)

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19Apr2014

NASA Expected to Grow Vegetables in Space

Thank the International Space Station for taking on a healthier mission. The Vegetable Production System, otherwise known by the interesting name 'Veggie,' will be sent to space. (more...)

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19Apr2014

Russia Plans To Get A Foothold On The Moon

  Russia plans to organize a permanent base on the moon rather than leave it after several successful missions, the Russian deputy minister in charge of defense and space industries said. (more...)

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18Apr2014

Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

 The New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI) will soon get its first "taste" of exoplanets, helping astronomers decipher their chemical composition in the search for exo-life. (more...)

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18Apr2014

Astronomers Find ‘Another Earth’

Well almost. Using NASA's Kepler Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting in the "habitable zone" of another star. This may be unique,or one of any to be found. (more...)

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15Apr2014

Celestron’s Cutting-Edge Telescope/Imaging Technology

   Celestron Unveiled their Cutting-Edge Telescope and Astroimaging Technology at the 2014 Northeast Astronomy Forum and Telescope Show last week, and the reaction was electric! (more...)

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13Apr2014

Don’t Miss April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower

  The Lyrids Meteor Shower Peak this coming week. They will be visible from ALL OVER THE WORLD, and no you don't need a telescope to view them! Its fun, its free and your eyes are all you need. (more...)

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13Apr2014

How to Watch a Meteor Shower – 7 Steps (with Pictures

  Meteor showers are also known as "shooting stars" and they Originate when Earth passes near a comet's orbit and the debris particles that hit Earth's atmosphere turn into meteors. (more...)

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13Apr2014

“Get Your Ass To Mars” – Buzz Aldrin

  Buzz Aldrin’s Unified Space Vision (USV) is a blueprint that will maintain U.S. leadership in human spaceflight and avoid a counterproductive space race with China to be second back to the moon. (more...)

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12Apr2014

How Privateers Will Put A Lander On The Moon

In an effort to win the $20 million Google Lunar X-Prize, Astrobotic and Masten have been busy at work developing a free-flying moon lander. Watch this video of the XOMBIE rocket. (more...)

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12Apr2014

NASA Wants To Land A Flying Saucer On Mars

NASA has a landing-on-Mars problem, and that strange flying-saucer-shaped test vehicle in the picture above may help them solve it. It looks the part but there's a lot more to it for sure. (more...)

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12Apr2014

Camping On Moon Will Be One Far Out Experience

If Earth had a mountain so high that its peak poked through the outermost layer of our atmosphere, mountain climbers smart and tough enough enough to reach the top would start imagining things. (more...)

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12Apr2014

First Man In Space Remembered

On April 12, 1961, the world met Yuri Gagarin, a former Soviet Air Force pilot who shot from obscurity to international fame after orbiting the earth. He did it in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. (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

    Avionics System for SLS Boosters 'Boosts' Its Own Path to Space The avionics that will guide NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) boosters on the rocket's trip to deep space missions will get a big "boost" toward being ready for flight vey shortly. (more...)

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    10May2012

    Europe – British – Rest Of World News

      Поехали! Russia Celebrates Cosmonautics Day  ''Poyekhali! (Off We Go!)'' were Yuri Gagarin’s first words as his Vostok capsule took off in the first manned orbit of the Earth. Russia celebrates Cosmonautics Day every April 12. (more...)

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