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Moon Hangs By A Fingernail Below Venus Tonight

Be on the lookout in the western sky during twilight tonight. The 2-day-old fingernail moon will join Venus in Gemini the Twins for an eye-catching sight. You’ll see them both starting about about half an hour after sundown, but the best views will be in late twilight when they’ll dazzle in a darker sky. That’s also the time to…
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Most of the material from the May 13 coronal mass ejection on the Sun shot north and missed the Earth, but a small amount sprayed our way. Now, about two days later, it's expected to arrive and may  incite auroras. Credit: NASA/ESA

Aurora Alert / Space Station Temptation

The beat goes on! After a fine northern lights display Tuesday night, we may be in for another. On May 13, an explosion on the Sun sent a small, gift-wrapped package of speedy protons and electrons our way that’s expected to arrive early this evening over North America. NOAA space weather forecasters are predicting a…
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G2 Cloud Survives Terror Of Milky Way’s Black Hole

In the center of the Milky Way galaxy resides a supermassive black hole 4 million times more massive than the Sun. More than enough gravitational might to shred and devour so wispy a thing as a gas cloud orbiting nearby. Yet somehow the cloud survived. Astronomers have been carefully tracking the motion of the dusty gas cloud…
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Meet KKs3, A Tiny New Galaxy Hiding Near The Milky Way

There’s a new runt in the neighborhood. Bring out the welcome wagon for KKs3, a tiny, isolated galaxy 7 million light years away in the southern constellation Hydrus the Lesser Water Snake. The Milky Way galaxy is one some 50 galaxies in the Local Group, a gravitationally-bound cluster of galaxies including the familiar Andromeda Galaxy…
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Milky Way Settles Into Its New Home, The Laniakea Supercluster

The name fits so well – Laniakea. It means ‘immense heaven’ in Hawaiian, and now it’s home. In the biggest sense of ‘big picture’ you can imagine. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT), among other telescopes, have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified titanic supercluster…
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