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Journalist, author and amateur astronomer
Journalist, author and amateur astronomer

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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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Meteor watchers can enjoy the first decent display of shooting stars in more than three months next week with the return of the April Lyrics. Here’s how to see them. https://www.skymania.com/wp/how-to-watch-the-lyrid-meteor-shower-in-2018/
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The chances of life on rocky nearby planet Proxima b are looking remote thanks to violent flares on its home star that bathe its surface in deadly radiation. https://www.skymania.com/wp/superflare-dents-hopes-of-life-on-rocky-planet-orbiting-nearest-star/
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Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of glowing gas close to M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, which is one of the most famous spiral galaxies in the night sky. https://www.skymania.com/wp/vast-cloud-of-glowing-gas-discovered-near-whirlpool-galaxy/
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Astronomers struggle to explain short-lived explosions as 72 more are discovered. https://www.skymania.com/wp/astronomers-struggle-to-explain-mysterious-short-lived-explosions/
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The Hubble space telescope has discovered the farthest star ever spotted in the Universe, more than nine billion light-years away. https://www.skymania.com/wp/hubble-discovers-the-farthest-star-known-in-the-universe/
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A new month, so here's a look at what you can see in the night sky in April 2018! Don't forget to share with your space-loving friends. https://www.skymania.com/wp/your-night-sky-this-month/
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