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Get Re-acquainted With The Night

Clouds, commitments and a bad cold have kept the stars and I apart for weeks.  Last night’s clear sky finally brought us back together. I can be a miner when it comes to the night, drilling for nebulae, galaxies and comets with my telescope for hours, extracting one glittering gem after another. Other times, I prefer to tilt my…
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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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