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Care For Tea With ‘Milk’? Fill Up At Sagittarius

I’m a tea drinker. Two cups a day keep my engine humming. On summer nights, the Teapot of Sagittarius stands at the ready to tip a different sort of cup. One that provides a thick brew of Milky Way stars, sooty interstellar gas clouds and sparkling star clusters. Sagittarius is a centaur with the body and four…
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Juno Dives To Jupiter’s Doorstep

Jupiter may be sinking in the west from here on Earth, but it’s looming larger than ever in the eyes in NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The probe has a July 4 appointment with the giant planet when it will pass just 2,900 miles about the planet’s cloud tops. Once settled into orbit it will study Jupiter’s…
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Seek Balance In Your Life, See Libra

In late June, you can connect Mars, Saturn and Scorpius’s brightest star Antares to make a nifty right triangle in the southern sky at nightfall. Mars has begun to fade a bit but remains the single brightest “star” in the south direction, its color somewhere between lava and fire. The planet is coming to the…
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Summer Nights Under The Milky Way’s Black Hole

Hidden behind a scree of interstellar dust 25,000 light years away in the constellation Sagittarius lies the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Billions of stars concentrate there surrounded by a a whorl of spiral arms. For every star we see in the nighttime sky, someone living near the galactic center would see one million.…
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This was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The color has been calibrated and white-balanced to remove camera artifacts. Mastcam sees color much the way the human eye does,  although it's a little less sensitive to blue. The Sun's disk itself appears pink because all the cooler colors have been scattered away, similar to why the Sun on Earth appears orange or red when near the horizon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Stargazing On Mars

We’re stuck with Earth for now when it comes to stargazing. And despite the plague of light pollution, it’s still a pretty good planet for looking up. But thanks to planetarium-style software, we can easily jaunt off to Mars and get an inkling of what the night sky has to offer on a different planet.…
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