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  • Celebrate Galileo's 455th birthday by walking in his footsteps
  • Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT - His scientific achievements at first drew acclaim and privilege — but later brought him into conflict with Catholic doctrine and ended in humiliation and house arrest.

  • The Sky This Week from February 15 to 24
  • Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT -

    The night sky's brightest star, Sirius, may wink out when a dim asteroid passes in front of it the evening of February 18. Before dawn that same morning, Venus and Saturn meet in a spectacular conjunction.

  • Mercury is quickly approaching its finest appearance of 2019
  • Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT - Mercury returns to the evening sky in mid-February. Tonight, it appears 5° high in the west-southwest 30 minutes after sunset. The planet shines at magnitude –1.1, bright enough to show up against the twilight glow. (If you don’t see Mercury right away, binoculars will bring it into view.) A telescope will reveal the planet’s disk, which spans 5.6" and appears nearly full. The inner world is currently embarking on what will be its finest evening appearance of 2019. A we

  • NASA wants to return to the Moon as early as this year
  • Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT - The United States' space agency has big plans for our planet's satellite, including returning humans to the lunar surface within a decade.

  • Astronomers find the first evidence of a giant collision between exoplanets
  • Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT - New research suggests the dense world Kepler-107c got smacked by a planet at some point in its history, leaving behind a hefty, iron-rich core.

  • NASA declares 'mission complete' for Opportunity rover
  • Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT - After nearly 15 years exploring the Red Planet, the Mars Exploration Rover mission has come to a close.

  • We’ll need a whole new landing approach to put humans On Mars
  • Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT -

    To land the kind of heavy spaceships that can carry human astronauts to Mars, engineers will need new methods to touch down.

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