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World Sees Mercury Enter Spotlight Monday

World Sees Mercury Enter Spotlight Monday

It happens only a little more than once a decade and the next chance to see it is Monday, May 9, 2016. Throughout the US, sky watchers can watch Mercury pass between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. Three NASA satellites will be providing images of the transit and one of them will have a near-live feed.

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NASA Discovers 72 Never-before-seen Asteroids

NASA Discovers 72 Never-before-seen Asteroids

To protect ourselves from asteroids and comets that could very easily smash into Earth, researchers have to first know where those objects are in our Solar System, which is exactly what NASA has been doing with its Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft. Now, after two years of study, we, the public, finally get a chance to take a peek at what it found.

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Amateur Astronomer Catches New Jovian Impact

Amateur Astronomer Catches New Jovian Impact

Jupiter may be the biggest planet, but it sure seems to get picked on. On March 17, amateur astronomer Gerrit Kernbauer of Mödling, Austria, a small town just south of Vienna, was filming Jupiter through his 7.8-inch (200mm) telescope. Ten days later he returned to process the videos and discovered a bright flash of light at Jupiter’s limb.

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