Watch Charon Make Pluto Wobble

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft continues to take pictures of Pluto to better refine the locations of dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon in preparation for the spacecraft’s close encounter with the small planet on July 14. You’ve probably heard Pluto’s a small object but until you see it next to the say the moon, it’s…
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A Triple-scoop Conjunction With A Cherry On Top!

Get ready. One week from tonight fate has arranged a celestial spectacle. That night (Feb. 20) a two-day-old crescent moon will “triple up” with the planets Venus and Mars after sundown. The entire bunch will fit within a circle 1.5° wide or just three times the diameter of the full moon. Like a glittering pendant…
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Glowing Comets And Deep Fried Ice Cream

Everything’s glowing! This new photo from the Rosetta spacecraft was taken on Feb. 6 and processed to show jets active all over comet 67P. They’re brightest and most effervescent in the Hapi region, the name given to the neck of the comet, but take a look around the nucleus. You can see that the entire…
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Darkside Of The Moon? What Dark Side?

Take a walk on the lunar farside We may never see it from Earth but sure as pants, the moon’s farside basks in sunshine just like the “man in the moon” side. In this new NASA video, compiled using images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), we can watch it happen right before our…
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Doomed Stellar Relationship To End In Supernova Catastrophe

I’ve had a few relationships explode but none like what’s going to happen to this couple in 700 million years. A team of astronomers, led by Miguel Santander-Garciá (Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Alcalá de Henares, Spain), has discovered a close pair of white dwarf stars in the core of the planetary nebula Henize 2-428 in constellation Aquila…
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