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Going to Dwarf Planet Pluto

On January 19, 2006, the New Horizon Mission to Pluto was launched. That was before Pluto lost its status as a planet, becoming a dwarf planet instead, cause for great commotion. The probe is now…


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Mars Rovers updating their brains

The Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity keep on rolling on Mars, entering their fourth year on the planet. Now new software is uploaded which enables the Rovers to examine and discern certain details they can…


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COROT on the lookout for exoplanets

COROT is up in the air – or better, above the air. The spacecraft contains a small telescope which will go hunting for "exoplanets". Strange enough it is little known that we already found about…


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The star of Bethlehem

If we’re talking Christmas, we’re talking Star of Bethlehem. Did it exist? Was it really there? No, it didn’t exist because we know nothing about the historical birth of Jesus. We only know what the…


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GraphDark

With GraphDark, a very simple program, you can draw graphs showing you when Sun, Moon and planets rise and set. These graphs are well known from astronomy magazines like Sky & Telescope.