Astronomy

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The night sky can be cute.

An "amateur-astronomer’s" site offers you a lot of beautiful pictures: Thierry Legault’s site gives you an overview of some cute features of the night sky. And even a daylight phenomenon can be cute!


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A sad robot’s tale

This is a sad story of a small robot all on its own, wandering around, desperately looking for contact. It could well be a tragic SF-story, but it isn’t. In 1997 Mars Pathfinder landed on…


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Huygen’s Anniversary

Two years ago the Huygens module landed on Titan, the big Moon of Saturn, clouded by a heavy atmosphere. There’s still a lot to find out based on the data it gathered. Here’s an anniversary…


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Hobbits in Space

Everything in the universe comes in formats small, intermediate and large. Even galaxies. Quite recent discoveries are hobbit galaxies.One of them is only 1200 ligthyears across, yet is still producing new young stars. An intriguing…


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Comet McNaught

If you want, you can see a comet. That is, without clouds hampering your view. Here at least it’s solidly overcast for days in a row, and raining in addition. But then again – things…


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Tranquility Base here

Tonight the Moon terminator, the division between sunlight and darkness, crosses Tranquility Base, the place where the first men landed on the Moon. That was July 20, 1969. When that happened I was eight. When…