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05Aug2018

This Week’s Sky Gems – Mars and Saturn

In August 2018 the planets Mars and Saturn are, one after the other, in opposition to Earth. During this event the planets are relatively close to Earth, allowing astronomers to observe them in greater detail. (more…)

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05Aug2018

Canada’s Radio Telescope Picks Up Strange New Signal

Canada’s new radio telescope has picked up a mysterious signal from deep space with a frequency so low, it’s never been detected before. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) detected the 'fast radio burst' July 25.

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02Aug2018

America’s First Woman Astronomer

On this day in 1818, Maria Mitchell was born. She would become America’s first woman astronomer. Science historian Sally Gregory Kohlstedt describes Mitchell as “well known among her contemporaries as the first woman to win an international medal, (more…)

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02Aug2018

World-First Space Hotel To Cost More Than $1 Million A Night

Finding something truly unique in the hotel industry seems to be getting more and more challenging. The only thing left to do may be to look up into the sky and hope that something is out there. (more…)

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29Jul2018

Brilliant Mars Close Encounter This Week!

Look to the south or southeast sky after dark during the next week or so and you will see the brightly beaming, rust-colored planet Mars. It looks like a small jewel hanging about 30 to 35 degrees above the horizon.

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29Jul2018

A Dead Star Is Eating Its Own Planets

Astronomers have found a star that’s eating its own planets. That might sound weird, but trust me, this gets a lot weirder. The star was found in the massive database of observations taken by the European Space Agency’s Gaia telescope (more…)

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29Jul2018

Virgin Galactic’s Space Plane Reaches New Heights

Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane VSS Unity just soared to new heights, and you can go along for the ride, thanks to a new video. I predict the first paying passengers will fly to space this year. (more…)

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29Jul2018

How To Grow Crops On Mars To Live There

Preparations are already underway for missions that will land humans on Mars in a decade or so. But what would people eat if these missions eventually lead to the permanent colonisation of the red planet? (more…)

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29Jul2018

Amazing Water Discovery! Mars Lake Found

Liquid water on Mars? Again? Yes, again. The announcement came at a press briefing held by the Italian Space Agency in Rome. This could very well be the most important planetary discovery in over 100 years! (more…)

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22Jul2018

Coming Up – Blood Moon and Mars Close Spectacular!

This week will be a real treat for stargazers - there are five planets to see in the evening sky, Mars will be the closest we’ve seen in 15 years, and on the morning of July 28 there will be a total 'Blood Red' lunar eclipse. (more…)

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22Jul2018

Putin Challenges Roscosmos to “Drastically Improve”

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Roscosmos to meet deadlines for the nation’s future Angara, Soyuz-5 and “super-heavy class” rockets while fixing quality-control issues that have dogged the Russian space program  in recent years.

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20Jul2018

Astronomers Discovered 10 New Moons of Jupiter

Jupiter is often described as a solar system in miniature. The gas giant is made out of the same basic ingredients as the sun — hydrogen and helium — and is surrounded by an array of geologically diverse moons. (more…)

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20Jul2018

Giant Impact May Have Created Mars’ Moons

Mars may have gained its two tiny moons after an asteroid-size object slammed into it. New models suggest an object the size of the largest asteroid belt could have kicked up enough material to form Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos. (more…)

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15Jul2018

Surprise Discovery – An Asteroid That Has an Orbital ‘Twin’

Sometimes in life you get more than you bargained for – NASA has just confirmed that a near-Earth asteroid is actually two asteroids locked together in orbit as they hurtle through the cosmos.

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15Jul2018

Universe’s Expansion Rate Different Depends Where You Look

Observations from NASA's Hubble and ESA's Gaia telescope have given researchers the most precise measurements to date of the universe's expansion rate. (more&hell

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15Jul2018

First Space Tourism Flight Only Months Away

Its not far off! The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights - though neither has set a firm date. (more…)

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  • 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!

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