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Lovejoy, the giant, green comet

Lovejoy, the giant, green comet

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Rogelio Bernal Andreo, Deep Sky Colors Sweeping north in planet Earth’s sky, Comet Lovejoy’s greenish coma and blue tinted ion tail stretched across this field of stars in the constellation Taurus on Jan. 13. The inset at the upper left shows the 1/2 degree angular size of the full […]

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Man’s first, up-close look at another world: What Neil Armstrong saw before stepping out

Man’s first, up-close look at another world: What Neil Armstrong saw before stepping out

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11, NASA Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. Taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his […]

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Moon over Saturn

Moon over Saturn

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Carlos Di Nallo] What happened to half of Saturn? Nothing other than Earth’s Moon getting in the way. As pictured above on the far right, Saturn is partly eclipsed by a dark edge of a Moon itself only partly illuminated by the Sun. This year the orbits of the […]

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Red moon, green laser beam reflected from Apollo 15 device

Red moon, green laser beam reflected from Apollo 15 device

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Dan Long (Apache Point Observatory) /Tom Murphy (UC San Diego) Explanation: This is not a scene from a sci-fi special effects movie. The green beam of light and red lunar disk are real enough, captured in the early morning hours of April 15. Of course, the reddened lunar disk […]

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Four red ‘blood moons’ starting next week seen as beginning of the ‘End’, second coming

Four red ‘blood moons’ starting next week seen as beginning of the ‘End’, second coming

Mars, Earth, and the Sun [were to have aligned last night], a rare ‘opposition of the planets’ that only happens once every 778 days. But what makes this so remarkable is that it comes precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red ‘blood moons’, an extraordinary event some […]

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Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a mass of about half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September. They say the collision would have generated a flash of light so bright that it would have been visible from Earth. … “This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon,” […]

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Seen from Mars, Earth and the moon are two bright ‘evening stars’

Seen from Mars, Earth and the moon are two bright ‘evening stars’

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet as a bright light in the Martian sky, with the moon shining nearby. The rover apparently watched the Martian sunset, then photographed Earth in the night sky […]

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Freeze frame miracle: Venus, moon, clouds, birds

Freeze frame miracle: Venus, moon, clouds, birds

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] /  Isaac Gutiérrez Pascual Sometimes the sky above can become quite a show…. In the above image taken in Spain, a crescent Moon and the planet Venus, on the far right, were captured during sunset posing against a deep blue sky.   In the foreground, dark storm clouds loom across […]

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Missing each other by a mere billion miles

Missing each other by a mere billion miles

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Credit: Jens Hackmann Just days after sharing the western evening sky with Venus in 2007, the Moon moved on to Saturn – actually passing in front of the ringed planet Saturn when viewed in skies over Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Because the Moon and bright planets wander […]

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Eclipse reveals planet size flares on sun’s surface

Eclipse reveals planet size flares on sun’s surface

This month’s New Moon brought a total solar eclipse to parts of planet Earth on Nov. 13 (UT). Most of the total eclipse track fell across the southern Pacific, but the Moon’s dark umbral shadow began its journey in northern Australia on Wednesday morning, local time. From along the track, this telescopic snapshot captures the […]