Astronomy

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Discovery touchdown

Orbiter Discovery touched down at KSC without problems. They had some trouble putting it down in time; some landing attempt had to be scrubbed. But after about 8 million kilometers it finally touched down after…


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Online Star Chart

If you don’t like the hassle of installing a stand alone star chart program on your computer, this online chart might be something for you.


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It’s winter, alright

Today, at 0.22h UT winter started. The center of the solar disk crosses the winter solstice of the ecliptic at 270 degrees exactly, and reaches its utmost southern declination. Now it shines directly over the…


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UFO? Where? Why not?

A lot of people see a very bright shining flash in the night sky and imagine they just saw a space ship from Zeta Centauri. Not so. Most probably they just saw a low orbit…


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Looking at grampa and grammy

Wanna know how your ancestors looked like? The Spitzer telescope might show you how. New observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope strongly suggest that infrared light detected in a prior study originated from clumps of…


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Where’s winter wonderland?

Today, traveling home, the clear evening sky was beautiful and red going to orange, and fog was gently drifting over the pastures. Winter’s coming, Finally. For the meteorologists it’s December 1 that winter starts, but…


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A rough start to the Solar System

The Solar System might have had a rougher start than previously thought. From ScienceNOW: According to the prevailing hypothesis, the solar system condensed out of an immense disk of gas and dust about 4.6 billion…