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From ANU: "New telescope chip offers clear view of alien planets"

Australian National University

6 December 2016
Will Wright
+61 2 6125 7979

Scientists have developed a new optical chip for a telescope that enables astronomers to have a clear view of alien planets that may support life. 418 more words

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From EarthSky: "Focus on stars Betelgeuse and Rigel"


Photo of the constellation Orion by Flickr user jpstanley

Tonight … look for Orion the Hunter, one of the easiest constellations to identify in the night sky. 287 more words

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From AAS NOVA: " Lopsided Collections of Satellite Galaxies"

American Astronomical Society

7 December 2016
Susanna Kohler

The Andromeda galaxy has many satellite galaxies, including the two brightest visible in this photo, M32 and M110 (click for the full view!). 525 more words

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From Astronomy: "Captured moons of the giant planets"

Astronomy Magazine

December 06, 2016
Liz Kruesi

Phoebe was the first irregular satellite discovered around Saturn. That was in 1898. By 1997, the number had crept up to 10. 2,299 more words

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From AAS NOVA- "Featured Image: A Pulsar Is Obscured by a Solar Explosion"

American Astronomical Society

5 December 2016
Susanna Kohler

This series of images, taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory satellite (SOHO) in August 2015, reveals a tremendous outburst of plasma and magnetic field from the Sun: a coronal mass ejection (CME). 138 more words

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From ESO: "A sneak preview of the images used for the ESO Supernova exhibition — “The Living Universe”

European Southern Observatory


This post is dedicated to ESO’s O.S., a great science communicator.

Solar system black hole

ESO telescopes and instruments

The three fates of the universe… 295 more words

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From Astronomy: "Are we nearing finding the first moon outside our solar system?"


December 06, 2016
Nola Taylor Redd

A promising candidate could yield an amazing find.

This artist’s rendering shows the dynamic nature of the planet-formation process. 964 more words

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