These earthly godfathers of Heaven's lights, that give a name to every fixed star, have no more profit of their shining nights than those that walk and know not what they are.

— William Shakespeare

Astronomy

On This Day in Space! Nov. 17, 1967: 1st Successful Lift Off from Lunar Surface

Space.com - 2 hours 31 min ago
Surveyor 6 was one of several robotic missions NASA sent to scout the lunar surface before sending humans there. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
Categories: Astronomy

The Leonid Meteor Shower 2019 Is Peaking Now: Here's What to Expect

Space.com - 2 hours 51 min ago
It's going to be a poor year for one of the most famous meteor showers, the Leonids.
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Leonid Meteor Shower: Bright Fireballs in November

Space.com - 2 hours 56 min ago
The Leonids take place every year in November. Once a generation, it is possible for a storm of meteors to occur with a peak of about 1,000 an hour – or even more.
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The Leonid Meteor Shower Explained in 10 Facts

Space.com - 2 hours 59 min ago
Each year around Nov. 17-18 the Leonid meteor shower peaks, offering up several shooting stars an hour. In some years there are dramatic bursts in which many meteors rain down every minute. Learn what's behind this fickle show.
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Margaret Burbidge at 100: The Trailblazing Astronomer Who Wouldn't Take 'No Women' for an Answer

Space.com - 3 hours 13 min ago
Apart from her groundbreaking work on the origin of elements, Burbidge is interested in galaxies, extremely distant and luminous cosmic objects and more.
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How We Learned to Predict Solar Eclipses

Space.com - 3 hours 17 min ago
Two legendary scientists gave us an understanding of gravity, and how to apply that understanding to the motion of the sun, planets and moons.
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New Canon EOS Ra Camera Aims to Take Astrophotography to New Heights

Space.com - 3 hours 28 min ago
Canon is releasing a mirrorless camera for astrophotography called the EOS Ra.
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Navy Officers Say 'Unknown Individuals' Made Them Erase Evidence of 2004 UFO Encounter

Space.com - 3 hours 36 min ago
The signals were erratic and didn't seem to match those given off by known aircraft.
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The Star Streams of NGC 5907

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

Grand tidal streams of stars seem to surround galaxy


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

M16 and the Eagle Nebula

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

A star cluster around 2 million years young surrounded by


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Mercury and the Quiet Sun

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

Mercury and the Quiet Sun


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Mercury in Silhouette

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

Mercury in Silhouette


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

NGC 3717: A Nearly Sideways Spiral Galaxy

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

Some spiral galaxies are seen nearly sideways.


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Lunar Craters Langrenus and Petavius

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

The history of the Moon is partly written in its craters.


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Young Stars in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

APOD - 8 hours 11 min ago

How do stars form?


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

We finally know the odds of winning a game of solitaire

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - 11 hours 10 min ago
What are the chances of winning a game of solitaire? It was once called an “embarrassment” of mathematics that we didn't know, but a computer has now found the answer
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We finally know the odds of winning a game of solitaire

What are the chances of winning a game of solitaire? It was once called an “embarrassment” of mathematics that we didn't know, but a computer has now found the answer
Categories: Astronomy

New Horizons Flyby Target Receives Official Name: Arrokoth

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 1:21pm

When NASA's New Horizons flew by a distant Kuiper Belt Object on New Year's Day, they nicknamed it "Ultima Thule." Now, the object has received an official moniker: Arrokoth.

The post New Horizons Flyby Target Receives Official Name: Arrokoth appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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NASA's 1st SLS Megarocket Core Stage for the Moon Has Its Engines (Photos)

Space.com - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 8:29am
NASA's first new megarocket bound for the moon now has all of its engines for the first uncrewed lunar flight of the U.S. space agency's Artemis program.
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Vice President Pence Lands on the Moon (Sort Of)

Space.com - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 8:13am
Vice President Mike Pence came to Silicon Valley, then flew to the moon.
Categories: Astronomy