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A New Way To See The Aurora: Real-Time By Drone

Northern Lights over Iceland taken by Oli Haukur. Click HERE if you can’t see the video full-screen. Breathtaking. That’s how it feels watching this new real-time video of a spectacular northern lights display over Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. What makes it special? It was shot by drone. Camera sensors have improved incredibly in the past few years.…
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See The Dawn Crescent Before Its African Eclipse

Many of us are focused on next year’s total solar eclipse which will be widely visible across the U.S., but in truth, eclipses happen every year. Some are total, some are partial and some are annular. On Thursday, skywatchers across central Africa and Madagascar will witness the year’s second solar eclipse. The first in March…
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Juno Sends First Closeups From Jupiter’s Topside

Here’s lookin’ down at ya! NASA’s Juno mission successfully executed the first of 36 orbital flybys of Jupiter this weekend. The time of closest approach with the gas-giant world was 9:44 a.m. Eastern time Saturday (Aug. 27) when Juno passed about 2,600 miles (4,200 km) above Jupiter’s swirling clouds traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kph)…
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Exquisite Venus-Jupiter Conjunction This Weekend

I wrote about this in an earlier blog, but I just wanted to give you a reminder about Saturday’s very close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter low in the western sky shortly after sundown. Tonight, the duo will be about 1° apart, on Saturday just 0.1° (⅕ of the moon’s diameter) and on Sunday they’ll…
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CREDIT: PIETER VAN DOKKUM, ROBERTO ABRAHAM, GEMINI, SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY

Astronomers Discover ‘Ghost Galaxy’ Made Of 99.99% Dark Matter

Dark matter is infuriating. It’s everywhere, outnumbering regular matter by 5 to 1. Yet it doesn’t reveal itself to our eyes or telescopes. Dark matter gives off no light and interacts with ordinary matter in just one way — through gravity. By measuring how much it tugs on stars and galaxies, we can estimate the…
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