Moon, Mars, Saturn Come Together At Dawn

Although Mars and Saturn have parted, they’re still within earshot of each other, separated by less than 3° tomorrow morning (April 7). At the same time, the last quarter moon joins the scene, passing just 1° north of Saturn to make a bright threesome. Saturn’s rings are in full tilt and show clearly in a…
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Milky Way Core May Be Riddled With 10,000+ Black Holes

We’ve only ever known about one black hole in the center of the Milky Way. As wide as the solar system and packing a mass of 4 million suns, it’s called Sagittarius A* (pronounced ‘A star’).  Now, it looks like it’s got a lot of company. A Columbia University-led team of astrophysicists has discovered a dozen…
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Get High On Venus

Man, Venus is high at dusk. I was driving home over the weekend expecting to see it near the horizon. Instead it stood a fist high in the western sky an hour after sundown. And bright, too! Venus has moved from challenging to easy. With its altitude gain, the planet isn’t as compromised by twilight as…
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Astronomers Discover Most Distant Star ‘Icarus’ In Rare Cosmic Alignment

We’ve got a new distance record! Hubble has gazed across 9 billion light years and spotted the most distant star ever seen. Nicknamed Icarus, it’s a massive blue supergiant but so faint that even the biggest telescopes would never have detected it were it not for a lucky accident. A massive foreground galaxy cluster happens…
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Asteroid Nibiru Shatters Moon, Glues It Back Together

Some are saying that the Nibiru cataclysm has finally hit home. Well, not home exactly but close enough. Amateur astronomers around the world reported that last night’s Blue Moon rose broken into large fragments as seen in the photo above. With overwhelming photographic evidence soon in hand, astronomers skeptical of the existence of the giant…
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