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2021: What Astronomical and Space Events Await Us This Year?

2021: What Astronomical and Space Events Await Us This Year?

By Dirk Lorenzen 2021 begins as a year of Mars. Although our red planetary neighbor isn’t as prominent as it was last autumn, it is still noticeable with its characteristic reddish color in the evening sky until the end of April. In early March, Mars shines close to the star cluster Pleiades in the constellation […]

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    2021: What Astronomical and Space Events Await Us This Year?

    2021: What Astronomical and Space Events Await Us This Year?

    By Dirk Lorenzen 2021 begins as a year of Mars. Although our red planetary neighbor isn’t as prominent as it was last autumn, it is still noticeable with its characteristic reddish color in the evening sky until the end of April. In early March, Mars shines close to the star cluster Pleiades in the constellation […]

    What’s Happening in the Night Sky in 2020?

    What’s Happening in the Night Sky in 2020?

    By Dirk Lorenzen 2020 will be the year of Mars. The red planet will approach Earth in early October to within 62 million kilometers. Four space agencies are set to take advantage of this close encounter and send spacecraft to Mars. The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its ExoMars rover on a Russian Proton […]

    April Astronomical Highlights: The Phases of Venus

    April Astronomical Highlights: The Phases of Venus

    By Kelly Kizer Whitt Venus is often mistaken for a plane because of its brilliance; it shines more brightly than all the other planets because of its location close to Earth and its thick, reflective clouds. The common phrase “the evening star” usually doesn’t refer to a star at all; it’s Venus. When it stands […]

    ‘Amazing Discovery’: 7 Earthlike Planets Found Orbiting Dwarf Star

    ‘Amazing Discovery’: 7 Earthlike Planets Found Orbiting Dwarf Star

    By Andrea Germanos While the Trump administration continues to wage a war on science, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Wednesday shared “remarkable” findings: seven ‘Earthlike’ planets in the habitable zone of a single star “relatively close” to the planet we call home. https://facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/10154213498546479/ “This is an amazing discovery,” said Yale University astronomy […]