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Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Jul 14, 2014

July 2014 guide to the five visible planets

By mid-July, Jupiter is gone. As darkness falls, Mars and star Spica are closest together for 2014, with Saturn nearby. Venus and Mercury east before dawn.

July 10, 2014 moon via Joe Randall
Blogs | Jul 12, 2014

Discern a supermoon’s large size with the eye? An observer says yes

There’s a supermoon this weekend, and many will tell you that you can’t discern its extra large size with just your eye. Daniel Fischer in Königswinter, Germany says that’s not true.

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Jul 11, 2014

Does a supermoon have a super effect on us?

The moon (and sun) creates the tides. An extra-close full moon creates higher tides. But this same gravitational effect doesn’t extend to humans.

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Science Wire | Jul 11, 2014

Dark skies of Utah timelapse

You’ll love this spectacular timelapse of the summer night sky over Utah.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope photographed a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape winds around the cores of the two massive galaxies. The “pearls” are superclusters of blazing, blue-white, newly born stars.
Image and caption via NASA/ESA
Science Wire | Jul 10, 2014

Spiral bridge of young star clusters links colliding galaxies

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a chain of star clusters resembling a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls winding around the cores of the galaxies.

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Science Wire | Jul 10, 2014

Bright meteor over Australia on July 10 was a rocket reentry

That bright meteor over Australia – seen by many – was likely the reentry of the upper state of a Soyuz rocket, launched two days earlier. Video here.

Artist's impression of a distant exoplanet - planet beyond our solar system - orbiting its star.  Via the IAU.
Science Wire | Jul 09, 2014

Astronomers invite you to help name exoplanets and their stars

The IAU is inviting all of us to help name exoplanets – distant planets outside our solar system – and their stars. Cool, yes?

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Science Wire | Jul 09, 2014

Why are fruit flies boarding the International Space Station?

They’re about to become genetic models for astronauts, to help explore the long-term effects of space flight and deep space travel.

Hubble Space Telescope image of central region of galaxy IC5063.  Here, jets driven by a supermassive black hole are blasting material out of the galaxy.  Photo via NASA and U. of Sheffield.
Science Wire | Jul 08, 2014

Supermassive black hole in galaxy blasts gas out at high speed

We live in a universe that loves extremes.

Pillars of Creation 1995, via Hubble
Blogs | Photos | Jul 08, 2014

The awesome beauty of M16, the Eagle Nebula

Here is the famous Pillars of Creation photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s one of the features within the Eagle Nebula.