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NSF decommissions a huge radio telescope

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The large, iconic Arecibo scope can't be fixed safely. A big set of ears on the cosmos now hears only silence.

Exploring the constellation Pegasus

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In October, before we start seeing the bright constellations of winter at a decent hour, the winged horse flies across the sky.

Most detailed images ever of the sun

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A new telescope at the National Solar Observatory snapped the most detailed pictures of the sun's surface we have ever seen.

Mercury makes a transit; next in 2032

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A transit of Mercury occurred today and was visible from the US, provided you had sunny skies. It was one of longest possible transits.

Saturn has the most moons. Wanna name them?

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20 new moons were discovered around Saturn, now the planet with the most moons. Contest to name the new ones.

Lunar occultation of Venus occurred today

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Under cold, cold skies, when they're clear, people could see the moon, Venus, and Jupiter lining up for a nice show.

A scientist says maybe Pluto’s a planet after all

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New research suggests that the reason Pluto lost its status as a planet may not be a valid reason. At least some scientists think so.

Total lunar eclipse occurs on Jan. 31

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The lunar eclipse Wednesday before sunrise will be a rare event. Not as rare as some on social media claim. But rare enough.

Michigan residents see a meteor come to Earth

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A meteor sent fragments of meteorites to Earth last week in Michigan; it was a dazzling fireball display of nature.

Hawking: Let’s send a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

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With a doom-and-gloom message, Stephen Hawking told a summit meeting in China that we should send a spaceship to our nearest star.