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Asteroid spacecraft to get gravity boost from Earth on Friday

How to participate in a Wave to OSIRIS-REx social media campaign. Plus, how to see the craft in the sky and where to submit your images.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Which one would you choose?

See it! Dance of planets before dawn

Mars emerged before dawn last week, to meet Mercury below bright Venus. And then the moon passed through. Thanks to all who submitted photos!

Dust devils on Earth and Mars

Researchers spent 5 years studying dust devils in earthly deserts. They said their research has implications for climate and weather on both Earth and Mars and for human health.

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How to see binocular comet C/2017 O1

Long-period comet C/2017 O1 – a visitor from the Oort Comet Cloud – is becoming visible in small telescopes and binoculars. This post includes charts that can help you find it.

Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes?

On the day of an equinox, the center of the sun would set about 12 hours after rising – given a level horizon, as at sea, and no atmospheric refraction.

Astronomers find a pitch-black planet

Exoplanet WASP-12b has the unique capability to trap 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The result is a world as black as fresh asphalt.

Humans are still evolving, say scientists

Scientists have identified genetic variants less common in older people than younger people. They say it’s natural selection at work, continuing to weed out disadvantageous traits.

Venus’ mysterious night side revealed

Researchers using Venus Express spacecraft data report “stationary waves” and slowly moving features in the planet’s upper clouds, during Venus’ long and mysterious night.

Goodbye, Cassini!

The Cassini spacecraft has become part of Saturn, the planet it studied so spectacularly and so long. Cassini’s last images and final moments, here.

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2017

A whole series of awesome meteor showers is about to start. Click in for information on how to watch the Draconids, Orionids, Taurids, Leonids and Geminids!

More Cassini legacy: Titan’s bonkers atmosphere

Cassini’s legacy will endure. Click for a video about the atmosphere of Saturn’s large moon Titan, which might resemble that of an early Earth.

Juno sees Jupiter up-close and personal

A series of images from the Juno spacecraft’s 8th close flyby of the gas giant planet