Saturn And The Strawberry Moon Have A Double Opposition

Skywatchers always look forward to oppositions. That’s when an outer planet lines up on the same side of the sun as the Earth, and the two are closest together for the year. For Saturn that day is Wednesday, June 27. The ringed planet will rise about sunset and shine all night long. Dropping by to…
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Final Rosetta Photos Show Comet 67P In ‘Chilling’ Detail

And the meek (and little guys) shall inherit the space age. Take a look at the photos and news that have flooded science journals, youtube and online blogs and astro sites about the small fry of the solar system, asteroids and comets. How lucky to live in this time when mere points of light through…
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Dawn Sees Ceres From Lowest Orbit Ever

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is now closer to Ceres than ever before. Ceres is the largest known asteroid and the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system. After Dawn entered orbit around Ceres in March 2015, it came no closer than 240 miles (385 km) from its surface. But beginning in April this year, mission…
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A Case Of Conjunction-Itis / Mars Dust Storm Global But Weakening

Over the next week, the waxing and then waning moon will pass three bright planets — Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. First to get a visit will be Jupiter both tonight and tomorrow night (June 23). Saturn follows on June 27 and Mars on the 30th. The moon moves faster across the sky because it’s so…
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Japan’s Hayabusa Probe Arrives At Asteroid Ryugu — Wow!

The Japanese asteroid sample return mission Hayabusa 2, which launched in December 2014, is pulling up to its target this week, the asteroid Ryugu. The asteroid, about a half-mile (900 meters) across, is shaped like a spinning top with several prominent craters and an equator-girdling ridge. The probe is still closing into Ryugu. In the…
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