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December 16 - 351 Yrsa

Asteroid 351 Yrsa was discovered today in 1892 by Max Wolf.  There isn’t a great deal to say about it:  it’s in the main belt, and is about 40 km across.   260 more words

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The Observatory

In a distant corner of the universe, an astronomer lost all of his funding within days of building a gigantic observatory with a massive telescope on one of the highest mountains of his planet. 64 more words

Astronomers Spy Monster Star Merger on the Move

A coming collision could let astronomers peek at the birth of a jumbo star.

The two stars in the MY Cam system (artist’s rendering, above) are so close together that they will end up merging into one supermassive star, astronomers say. 530 more words


December 09 - Patrick Moore

There’s not a lot I can say that hasn’t already been said a hundred times or more about this chap, but it’s two years today since the passing of Sir… 222 more words


December 08 - 5 Astraea

Asteroid 5 Astraea was discovered on this day in 1845 by Karl Ludwig Henke, and, as it was still relatively unusual to find asteroids at that time, it won him an annual pension of 1200 Marks from the king. 765 more words


December 03 - Himalia

Himalia is Jupiter’s largest irregular satellite.  It was discovered on December 3rd 1904 by Charles Dillon Perrine (who also discovered Elara the following year) at the Lick Observatory in California. 134 more words

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Rock Comet Meteor Shower

Dec. 9, 2012:  Every year in mid-December, astronomers look up in the sky and witness a mystery. It announces itself with a flurry of shooting stars. 299 more words