Did Astronomers Just Find The Sun’s Sister?

Most stars are formed in clusters, not as single suns. They usually begin their lives as dense clumps of dust within a giant cloud of gas and dust called a molecular cloud. Under the force of gravity these knots of material collapse, spin and heat up until their internal temperatures are great enough to fuse…
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Full Belly, Full Moon — See A Rare “Turkey Moon” Tonight

Time to celebrate the Turkey Moon! Wait, there’s no such thing. Tonight’s full moon is the Beaver Moon, named for the month in which beavers prepare for winter. But it should be the Turkey Moon. For two good reasons. First, it occurs on Thanksgiving this year and second, a full moon on Thanksgiving is a…
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Ships Passing In The Moonlight

The waxing moon’s been getting high and bright these nights. Direct moonlight is bright enough once your eyes are dark-adapted, but when the ground’s covered in five inches of fresh snow, the reflected light from the powder exponentially heightens the moon’s radiance. Last night, I stepped out for a short walk and noticed what looked…
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NASA Mars Blitz Underway — InSight Lander To Touch Down On Nov. 26

Jezero Crater, which once held a lake with the same volume of water as Lake Winnipeg, has been chosen as the landing site of the upcoming Mars 2020 mission. More than 60 candidate locations were scrutinized and debated before Jezero was selected. Mars 2020 launches in July 2020. When it lands on Mars in February 2021,…
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“Diamond In The Sky” Art Satellite To Launch Monday

Artist Trevor Paglen wanted to give people a reason to look up. Working with the Nevada Museum of Art, he created the Orbital Reflector, a 98-foot-long (30-meter) sculpture constructed of a lightweight material similar to Mylar. Don’t expect it to turn up in a museum anytime soon — to see it you’ll have to literally…
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