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Today in science: Egypt’s first meteorite

It was the first meteorite in the Egyptian record. Years after the event, scientists concluded through various tests that it came all the way from Mars.

Want to go stargazing?

Where to go stargazing in Georgia, plus a word about a new feature – Best Places to Stargaze, for people around the world – just launched at EarthSky.

Spectacular new images of Jupiter

Just days before the Juno spacecraft’s arrival at Jupiter on July 4, astronomers unveiled these VLT images of Jupiter in the infrared.

Cygnus spacecraft’s fiery re-entry

Scientists aboard an aircraft caught the impressive streak and final breakup of the Orbital ATK Cygnus supply ship, as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on June 22.

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A new type of ichthyosaur

Don’t call it a swimming dinosaur, scientists say. The newly discovered ichthyosaur looks much like a dolphin or shark and swam Earth’s seas for millions of years.

Where is the moon? Last quarter

Fun time to see a last quarter moon: just after it rises, shortly after midnight. Then the lighted portion points downward, to the sun below your feet.

A new dark spot on Neptune

Voyager 2 in 1989 – and Hubble Space Telescope in 1994 – saw similar features. But this dark spot, or vortex, is the first seen on Neptune in the 21st century.

Watch 5 moonsets over Zimbabwe

Moonset at 5 different points on the horizon, at 5 different moon phases, from a young moon to the June 20 full moon at Zimbabwe’s winter solstice.

Can we grow food on Mars?

Apparently we can, and you can view details in this video from a talk given at Mars One’s recent private event in Amsterdam.

Video sweep across Mars’ Marathon Valley

A panoramic view from the Mars rover Opportunity. Wow! This video will take you to another world …

Star of the week: Alphecca

Alphecca. Gemma. Alpha Coronae Borealis or simply Alpha Cor Bor. They’re all names for one star – the brightest star in the constellation Northern Crown.

Wow! Watch sandstorm reshape dunes

Journey to White Sands, New Mexico and watch sandstorms reshape and move the dunes, under both blue and starry skies, in this gorgeous time-lapse.

Largest planet yet orbiting 2 suns

Imagine seeing 2 suns in your sky. Like the fictional planet Tatooine in Star Wars, some planets do orbit 2 stars. Kepler-164 is the largest yet discovered.