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We see them in the sky any clear night. We write songs about them, stare and wonder if any of them have planets just like our own.

Something odd happened a few months after NASA’s deep space probe New Horizons, our Pluto explorer, was launched Jan. 19, 2006.

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11Nov2014

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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17Dec2014

Physicists Have A Problem With Time

Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all equations that describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward. (more…)

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15Dec2014

You Won’t Believe This Xmas Scope Offer!

909EQ2 – 90mm Refracting Telescope System  We took a punt and bought a bulk lot... Its a gamble but we got 'em cheap and we're passing this on to you BUT only till Xmas!! This is our most popular selling telescope. (more…)

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15Dec2014

Santa Mistaken For UFO

Santa Claus and his Reindeer were spotted flying over the city of Melbourne yesterday. Amazingly, nobody captured the event on video! Sounds fantastic right, but read on: (more…)

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12Dec2014

Geminid Meteor Shower Starts This Week

The most consistent meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, occurs between the 6th to 19th December. It'll  be at its best after dark on December 14, and before dawn on Friday, December 15 here in Australia. (more…)

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12Dec2014

10 Female Astronomers Everyone Should Know

The way we look at the stars has been influenced by many women, but plenty of them are not well-known. Many pursued their passion for the heavens long before astronomy’s old boys’ network welcomed them into the fold. (more…)

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12Dec2014

Milky Way Is Surrounded by Huge Halo Of Hot Gas

Chandra has provided evidence that our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years. The mass of the Milky Way's halo is absolutely phenomenal! (more…)

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12Dec2014

Russian Company Develops Reusable Space Shuttle for Space Tourism

Russian private company KosmoKurs is developing a reusable space shuttle for orbital space tourist flights, chief Pavel Pushkin said. “We plan to make first flights in 2020, first tests of a space system will be made in 2018,” he said. (more…)

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10Dec2014

Why Orion Spacecraft Flew Old, Slow Computers Into Orbit

It’s funny to think that your smartphone might be faster than a new spaceship, but that’s what one report is saying about the Orion spacecraft. The computers are less-than-cutting-edge, the processors are 12 years old! (more…)

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09Dec2014

NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

Signs of water currents and sediments show in the latest photos NASA's Curiosity rover sent from Mars. The images suggest "ancient Mars maintained a climate that could have produced long-lasting lakes," NASA says. (more…)

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09Dec2014

eBay Listing : Naming Rights To Biggest Unnamed Crater On Mars

What if a future Mars mission lands near a crater you’ve named and that name is on every TV broadcast, internet, everywhere during this historic event? Pretty epic, huh? We’re talking about history being made. (more…)

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09Dec2014

Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-Years

 Now, this is heavy stuff OK.  Science nerds will love this research! New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. (more…)

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09Dec2014

What’s Next for NASA’s Orion Spaceship After Historic Flight?

NASA's Orion capsule has come back down to Earth after its first-ever test flight, and the spacecraft will remain on terra firma for a while. Orion got its first taste of space Friday morning as the entire world watched. (more…)

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08Dec2014

Reclaim Night Sky, Group Advocates Dimming Lights

For a really good look at the night sky, stay out of the city. Artificial light from street lamps, highways and buildings is so bright it can be seen from space and create an orange haze on Earth that hides the stars. (more…)

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08Dec2014

Construction Set To Start On World’s Biggest Optical Telescope

After blowing up part of a mountain to make way for the world's largest optical telescope, officials have given the go-ahead for construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) to begin taking shape in Chile. (more…)

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08Dec2014

Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% Of All Galaxies

The universe may be a lonelier place than previously thought. Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. (more…)

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07Dec2014

You Can Find Exoplanets With Your Camera And Telephoto Lens

If you think exoplanet detections are only in the realm of professional planet-hunting telescopes such as Kepler, take a look at the video below. David Schneider, a senior editor for IEEE Spectrum, explains the method. (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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