Live The Moon Through Chang’e 4’s Eyes With New Panorama And Landing Video

It’s the next best thing to being there. Eight days after safely landing on the lunar far side, China’s Chang’e 4 lander took this first panoramic postcard of its landing site in von Kármán Crater. Look around and you’ll see numerous crater pits, hills on the horizon and the Jade Rabbit 2 rover. Interesting thing…
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Mysterious Radio Bursts Have Astronomers Scratching Their Chins

Animation illustrating the random appearance of Fast Radio Bursts on the sky. Credit: NRAO Outreach/T. Jarrett (IPAC/Caltech); B. Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF From the mountains of British Columbia comes news of powerful bursts of radio energy from deep space. Astronomers estimate that thousands of these enigmatic lights scintillate across the sky, but they’re so fast and random…
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A Bounty Of Beautiful Conjunctions

Tonight, if it’s clear at your place, you can look up and see a thick crescent moon hanging below the planet Mars. Mars is our only bright evening planet right now. The others — Venus and Jupiter — are visible on the other side of the sky at dawn. The lunar crescent and Red Planet…
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Zoom Into The Triangulum Galaxy Like Never Before

What’s the closest galaxy? If you answered the Milky Way, you’re right. It belongs to the Local Group, a pack of more than 50 galaxies bound together by gravity. Andromeda is the largest galaxy in the group with a diameter of 200,000 light years with the Milky Way in second place at 100,000 light years.…
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Radar Reveals A Rugged Comet Wirtanen / Asteroid 2016 AZ8 Gets A Moon

When the naked-eye comet 46P/Wirtanen zipped just 7.2 million miles (11.2 million km) from Earth last month, lots of people were looking including a team of scientists led by Ellen Howell from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Her team used Arecibo Observatory’s 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope to ping the comet with radio waves. By studying…
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