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Paul Sutherland
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Journalist, author and amateur astronomer
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Jupiter's four main moons, the Galilean satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, are easy to see with binoculars. You can even photograph them with simple equipment. Our guide tells you how.
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Asteroid Vesta will be at its closest for more than 20 years on June 19th, shining at magnitude 5.3. This is a full magnitude brighter than when it last came to Opposition in January 2017. Unfortunately Vesta will lie low in the sky in Sagittarius, but it can be found with binoculars not far from bright planet Saturn. https://www.skymania.com/wp/see-asteroid-vesta-shining-best/
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NASA’s veteran Mars rover Opportunity is facing a major threat to its continuing mission. It has shut down from lack of power after a huge dust storm blew up on the Red Planet. https://www.skymania.com/wp/nasa-rover-opportunity-sits-out-dust-storm-on-mars/
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NASA has discovered fresh evidence that conditions on Mars were once ideal for life – along with clues that martian organisms might even still be alive today.
https://www.skymania.com/wp/nasas-curiosity-finds-tantalising-clues-to-life-on-mars/
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A small asteroid was discovered by a sky survey on Saturday morning just hours before it entered our atmosphere. https://www.skymania.com/wp/asteroid-spotted-just-hours-before-impact-with-earth/
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Alan Stern, the chief scientist on NASA’s New Horizons mission, has renewed his criticism of astronomers who voted to remove Pluto’s status as a planet.
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Jupiter reaches Opposition on May 8th and so is visible throughout the night. We've more about that and what else you can see during May in our monthly sky notes. https://www.skymania.com/wp/your-night-sky-this-month/
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I’ve posted about my bid to photograph the Lyrid meteor shower, with a few nice images.
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Here is a nice photo of a Lyrid meteor captured this morning from Walmer in the UK. The shower is now near its peak so look out in the hours before dawn tonight or tomorrow. https://www.skymania.com/wp/how-to-watch-the-lyrid-meteor-shower-in-2018/
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Earth just narrowly escaped an impact by the closest large asteroid on record. The space rock, which was up to 110 meters wide, shot by at half the distance of the Moon yesterday, April 15th. https://www.skymania.com/wp/missed-closest-large-asteroid-ever-recorded-flies-past-earth/
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