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Aug

Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?According to the International Astronomical Union, paying to name a star or purchasing extraterrestrial real estate will simply get you a ‘temporary feeling of happiness.’

Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?
According to the International Astronomical Union, paying to name a star or purchasing extraterrestrial real estate will simply get you a ‘temporary feeling of happiness.’

25

Aug

A star called ‘Bob’? Dolphin constellation’s weird star names explainedPranks and reversed names are responsible for this quirk constellation’s names.

A star called ‘Bob’? Dolphin constellation’s weird star names explained
Pranks and reversed names are responsible for this quirk constellation’s names.

15

Aug

 Star trails, rare ‘honey moon’ gleam over Red Rock Canyon State Park

11

Jul

Violent star explosion reveals origins of space dustGrains of cosmic dust interfere with scientific measurements, sometimes making it difficult for researchers to be accurate in their models of the universe.

Violent star explosion reveals origins of space dust
Grains of cosmic dust interfere with scientific measurements, sometimes making it difficult for researchers to be accurate in their models of the universe.

07

Jul

Spot the 3 largest constellations in the night skyIt’s fun spotting constellations, but some professional astronomers think of the constellations as nothing more than foolish old figures and would prefer that they be removed from almanacs.

Spot the 3 largest constellations in the night sky
It’s fun spotting constellations, but some professional astronomers think of the constellations as nothing more than foolish old figures and would prefer that they be removed from almanacs.

01

Jun

Time-lapses reveal dazzling starscape over Grand Canyon, Monument Valley

16

Apr

Star survives nearby supernova explosionIn the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, a star has defied the odds; but its days are limited.

Star survives nearby supernova explosion
In the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, a star has defied the odds; but its days are limited.

13

Mar

Are there more grains of sand on Earth or stars in the sky? Scientists finally have an answerIt’s an age-old inquiry, and it turns out the answer is as awe-inspiring as the question itself.

Are there more grains of sand on Earth or stars in the sky? Scientists finally have an answer
It’s an age-old inquiry, and it turns out the answer is as awe-inspiring as the question itself.

11

Mar

Must-see stargazing events in MarchThis month, Jupiter shines as spring constellations make their debut.

Must-see stargazing events in March
This month, Jupiter shines as spring constellations make their debut.

11

Feb

Astronomers discover oldest star in known universeThe star, with the difficult-to-remember designation SMSS J031300.362670839.3, is likely 13 billion years old.

Astronomers discover oldest star in known universe
The star, with the difficult-to-remember designation SMSS J031300.362670839.3, is likely 13 billion years old.