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Planets of Binary Stars as Possible Homes for Alien Life

Nearly half of Sun-size stars are binary. According to University of Copenhagen research, planetary systems around binary stars may be very different from those around single stars. This points to new targets in the search for extraterrestrial life forms. Newswise — Nearly half of Sun-size stars are binary. According to University of Copenhagen research, planetary systems around binary stars may…

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Total Lunar Eclipes: Tonight!!!

A total lunar eclipse will occur tonight, May 15, 2022, the first of two this year. The second eclipse will happen in November of this year.. The eclipse will be a dark one with the northern limb of the Moon passing through the center of Earth’s shadow. This is the first central eclipse of Lunar Saros 131. The eclipse will be completely visible over most of North and South America, seen rising…

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Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Today, at simultaneous press conferences around the world, including at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) headquarters in Germany, astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such…

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Tau Herculids A Possible Surprise Meteor Shower!

We might have the opportunity to witness a possibly intense meteor event due to a comet that split apart in 1995. Apparently, it is still fracturing. It could cause a spectacular mini meteor shower called the Tau Herculids… It’s parent comet is 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, which was discovered back in 1930, by German observers Arnold Schwassmann and Arno Arthur Wachmann . Tau Herculids…

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Coming soon to the skies above, the Eta Aquariids.

The Eta Aquariids are a meteor shower that is visible from about April 19 to about May 28 each year. The meteor shower is the result of its parent comet, which is the famous Halley’s Comet.  The meteors we currently see as members of the Eta Aquariid shower separated from Halley’s Comet hundreds of years ago. The current orbit of Halley’s Comet does not pass…

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The Night Sky | May 2022 | Venus & Jupiter Conjunction | Total Lunar Eclipse | Eta Aquarids Meteors

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Late Night Astronomy Venus & Jupiter appear to collide, the Moon turns blood red and a meteor shower lights up the sky! It’s a busy month for the night sky this May. Regardless of your experience or equipment, we’ve got something here for you. Please let me know what excites you about space and what you plan to see this…

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Check out the 2022 Lyrid meteor shower!

It’s April and it’s time for the Lyrids… The Lyrids are a meteor shower that can be seen from April 16 to April 25 each year. The radiant of the meteor shower is located in the constellation Lyra, near Vega, its brightest star. The peak of the shower is typically around April 22 each year. The source of the meteor shower are particles of dust from…

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Seeing the Sun in a New Light

Innovative observations of the solar corona could improve space weather forecasts Using a NOAA telescope in a novel way, researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) working in NCEI captured the first-ever images of dynamics in the sun’s elusive middle corona. The observations, from the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) on NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite, reveal how the middle corona…

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