See An Exceptionally Close Conjunction Of Venus And Neptune

Venus is the planet that comes closest to the Earth and Neptune the farthest. When Venus passes directly between the Earth and sun, it’s just 23.6 million miles (38 million km) away. Standoffish Neptune only gets as close as 2.7 billion miles, more than 100 times farther away. And yet the two planets will appear…
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New Chang’e 4 Photos Reveal The Stark Beauty Of The Far Side Of The Moon

Watch Chang’e 4 land on far side of the moon on January 2, 2019. Things start to heat up at the 4-minute mark and again at 5 minutes. 5,419 single images were combined to create the video. CNSA, CLEP and Doug Ellison China’s lunar lander Chang’e 4 and Yutu-2 rover celebrated their first anniversary on…
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The Milky Way Is Hiding A Fat Slice Of The Universe

Hungry for starlight I drove 25 miles north of my light-polluted city to where the Milky Way still glows with its ancient vigor. A throng of stars twinkled above the cold, snowy Earth. I looked up and wondered out loud “where have you been all these nights?” Gleaming with a fire-like intensity, they looked like…
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Beautiful And Surprising Contrails

I looked out the window this morning to see this amazing set of contrails. Contrails are the narrow ribbons of cloud that form behind high-flying aircraft. They’re a frequent sight if you live under a commercial airlines flyway. Airplane engine exhaust, along with water vapor in the air, condenses into clouds of small water droplets…
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Shine Your Little Light, ISS

People sometimes complain there’s not enough light in winter. Darn sun never seems to stick around for very long. Yet many of us are starting to notice the increase in the amount of daylight. Today (Jan. 19) the sun lingers over my town for an additional 35 minutes compared to the late December. But who’s…
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