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Nobody Knows How Many Stars Are In Space

There’s really no definitive answer to this question. No one has counted all the stars in the night sky, and astronomers use different numbers as theoretical estimates.

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Scientists detect stellar streams around Magellanic Clouds

Astronomers from the University of Cambridge, U.K., have detected a number of narrow streams and diffuse debris clouds around two nearby irregular dwarf galaxies called the Magellanic Clouds. 423 more words

Rest in peace

Astronomers are normally very dedicated to their work, and many an astronomer spend an entire lifetime unravelling the mysteries of the Universe. When they pass away, some desire to be buried at the places where they lived their lives, rather than in an anonymous cemetery somewhere. 432 more words


November 22 - Asteroid 156 Xanthippe

Asteroid 156 Xanthippe was discovered by Johann Palisa on November 22nd 1875.  It has been classified as a C-type, with a diameter of about 116km and a rotation period of 22.5 hours. 222 more words


November 15 - Asteroid 21 Lutetia

Asteroid 21 Lutetia was discovered on November 15th 1852 by Hermann Goldschmidt.  It’s about 100 km (60 miles) in diameter, is irregularly shaped,  fairly dense and heavily cratered. 200 more words


November 11 - Asteroid 179 Klytaemnestra

Today in 1877, Canadian-American astronomer James Craig Watson discovered his final asteroid, the large main belt member 179 Klytaemnestra. This stony S-type asteroid is about 75 km across, and has a light curve giving it a rotation period of 11.13 hours, varying in by magnitude by 0.55. 295 more words


November 02 - Asteroid 13 Egeria

Annibale de Gasparis discovered today’s asteroid, 13 Egeria, named by Urbain Le Verrier in honour of an Italian nymph.

Egeria is, as usual, in the main belt, but is a… 270 more words