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Astronomy - Introducing WFIRST — NASA’s wider set of eyes on the universe

Astronomy - Introducing WFIRST — NASA’s wider set of eyes on the universe

WFIRST, the 2.4-metre aperture Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, is shown here in an artist’s rendering. It will carry a Wide Field Instrument to provide astronomers with Hubble-q...
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Astronomy - NASA resumes JWST vibration testing

Astronomy - NASA resumes JWST vibration testing

A clean tent is lowered over the James Webb Space Telescope, with its wings folded back in launch configuration, before the start of vibration testing in November. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn Vibration testing on ...
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Astronomy - China sets November launch for lunar sample return mission

Astronomy - China sets November launch for lunar sample return mission

File photo of the moon seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA China plans to launch a robotic mission to return samples from the lunar surface, the first such mission in...
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Image of the Day

The Orion Nebula

Wednesday, January 25, 2017:

Astrophotographer Marc Juneau took this picture of the Orion nebula from his backyard in San Pedro de Alcántara on the southern coast of Spain last spring.

The Orion nebula lies more than 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Orion, just south of Orion's belt. It's bright enough to see with the naked eye, and looks like a star in the middle of Orion's sword.

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Astronomy - Picture of the Day (25.01.2017)

Astronomy - Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!  Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2017 January 25 Cassini's Grand Finale Tour at Saturn...
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Astronomy - 'Climate Engineering' Could Be Bad for Skywatching, Astronomy

Astronomy - 'Climate Engineering' Could Be Bad for Skywatching, Astronomy

"Climate-engineering" efforts could increase urban light pollution by 25 percent or so, a new study suggests. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory Tinkering with the sky to fight  climate c...
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Astronomy - Future of asteroid deflection mission to be decided soon

Astronomy - Future of asteroid deflection mission to be decided soon

Artist’s concept of the European-built AIM spacecraft, along with two proposed deployable CubeSats, observing the...
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A Tiny Galactic Nucleus

Monday, January 23, 2017: Most spiral galaxies like the Milky Way have a supermassive black hole at the center. But this spiral galaxy, named RX J1140.1+0307, is centered on a black hole with one of the lowest masses ever found in a galactic core.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of RX J1140.1+0307, which lies in the Virgo constellation.

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Astronomy - Picture of the Day (24.01.2017)

Astronomy - Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!  Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2017 January 24 M78 and Orion Dust Reflections   Imag...
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Astronomy - Skywatchers: Get your Iridium flare fix now

Astronomy - Skywatchers: Get your Iridium flare fix now

File photo of an Iridium flare. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now The launch of the first batch of new-generation Iridium communications satellites Saturday marked the beginning of the end for the ...
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