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Boom! Orbiter spies crash site on Mars

Images from space show a dark spot on Mars’ surface where none was seen before, thought to be where the Schiaparelli lander crashed on Mars last Wednesday.

More evidence for a 9th planet

Is a hypothetical large planet – far beyond Neptune – causing a tilt in the sun? Plus, evidence for a 9th planet based on “extreme Kuiper Belt objects.”

What is an astronomical unit?

Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar system objects.

Tiny tarsier is our distant cousin

This little guy looks like a big-eyed mouse, but a new genetic analysis puts tarsiers on the branch of the primate evolutionary tree that leads to great apes and humans.

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Look for Orionid meteors this month

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2016, the peak mornings is October 21, but, by then, the moon will be in the way.

Star of the week: Deneb Kaitos

Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.

Asgardia: Space nation or pie in sky?

“I have become citizen number 62 of Asgardia, a new space nation dedicated to expanding peaceful exploration of space for the benefit of humanity.”

Hot Jupiters’ cloudy nights, blistering days

The distant exoplanets known as “hot Jupiters” orbit their stars so tightly that they’re perpetually charbroiled. Plus they keep one face toward their stars.

ESA’s Mars craft landed, but not softly

“We have data coming back that allow us to fully understand the steps that did occur, and why the soft landing did not occur.” Meanwhile, the orbiter is A-OK.

Juno in safe mode for Jupiter flyby

A sudden safe mode halted planned data collection during the spacecraft’s perijove – or closest point to Jupiter – on October 19. Next perijove December 11.

Small Magellanic Cloud orbits our galaxy

Small Magellanic Cloud resembles a luminous cloud, but it’s really a dwarf galaxy, orbiting our Milky Way. Here’s how to see it, from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2016

Look here for information about all the major meteor showers between now and the year’s end.

What did dinosaurs sound like?

The discovery of the fossil vocal organ of an ancient Antarctic bird suggests that dinosaurs couldn’t sing, but maybe honked.