ESA’s Daring Plan To Intercept A Pristine Comet

Gotta hand it to the European Space Agency (ESA). Their new Comet Interceptor doesn’t even have a target yet, but the agency’s moving ahead with building and launching the spacecraft to intercept and study an as-yet-discovered comet en route to the inner solar system. The mission will be fast-tracked, with a total development duration from selection…
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See A Fine Conjunction Of Saturn And The Moon Tonight / Train Your Eyes On Titan

Gosh, the nights are pleasant. And they smell good, too. If you step out tonight around 11 o’clock and look low in the southeastern sky you’ll catch sight of the waning gibbous moon and what looks like a stellar companion located just 1° above it. That would be the planet Saturn. 10x binoculars will reveal…
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Strawberries With Your Full Moon

Mmm … wild strawberries. Store-bought berries may make your eyes pop, but the wild version wins when it comes to flavor. I haven’t found any wild ones just yet, but I’ve seen so many blossoms it won’t be long. To herald the start of the berry-picking season, tonight’s Full Strawberry Moon will rise all pink…
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Table Salt Discovered On Jupiter’s Moon Europa

A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on Jupiter’s moon Europa — table salt. Planetary scientists at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab have discovered that the yellow patches on the moon’s surface are actually sodium chloride, the chemical name for table salt. Think about that the next time you salt your french…
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Music To Contemplate The Night Sky

I know you like astronomy. Do you also like music that evokes the wonder and mystery of the night sky? When I’m out in the countryside observing I listen to nature, but at home I’ll keep a radio on in the background. When I hear something that fits the mood I try to catch the…
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