Saturn Now Has 82 Moons, More Than Any Other Known Planet

Aww, I feel sorry for Jupiter. The solar system’s largest planet also had the most moon critters circling around it — 79 total. No more. With the help of the giant Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii 20 new moons were recently added to Saturn’s tally making 82 and crowning it the new king…
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Meet Mira, A Wonderful And Astonishing Star

There’s a new star in the night sky and its name is Wonderful. Literally. It’s called Mira, Latin for “wonderful” or “astonishing.” Of course, it’s not new, but most people have never set eyes on it. It goes “missing” for much of the year because it’s too faint to see with the naked eye. But…
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Your Constellation Adventure Begins At The Great Square

Many of us would like to learn a few new constellations. Even I would. Although I know my way around the northern hemisphere sky parts of the southern hemisphere firmament are terra incognita. Or more accurately caelum (for sky) incognito. After teaching many classes about the night sky, that’s the hope of the majority of…
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Monkey-Bar Moon Swings From Jupiter To Saturn This Week

My older daughter used to love to swing from the monkey bars at our local playground. She’d lean forward and lunge toward the nearest bar, grab it and use the momentum of her body to swing forward and grab the next bar. And the next and the next until she’d gleefully arrive at the other…
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NASA’s TESS Satellite Catches A Black Hole Tearing Apart A Star

Black holes are ever fascinating. The fact that something so massive could imprison matter and crush it into an infinitely small point seems totally out of this world. How could it be? And yet they exist. We have plenty of proof and at least one photo, an image made earlier this year of the supermassive…
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