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Weekly Space Hangout – December 6, 2013 – Zombie ISON, Jade Rabbit, Lovely Venus and Naked-Eye Nova

by Fraser Cain December 6, 2013

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Vulcan Loses In Pluto Moons Name Game. Did the IAU Choose Wisely?

by Elizabeth Howell July 2, 2013

It looks like Vulcan was not the logical choice for the International Astronomical Union when it came to naming Pluto’s new moons. The internationally recognized body for astronomy names selected Kerberos and Styx as the new names for Plutonian moons P4 and P5, respectively. While these names were popular in a public vote last year […]

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Makemake’s Mysteriously Missing Atmosphere

by Jason Major November 21, 2012

Artist’s impression of the surface of Makemake, a dwarf planet beyond Pluto (ESO/L. Cal├žada/Nick Risinger) It turns out there’s no air up there: the distant dwarf planet Makemake is surprisingly lacking in an atmosphere, according to findings made by astronomers using telescopes at ESO’s La Silla and Paranal observatories. Remove this ad Jason Major on […]

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Vesta’s Deep Grooves Could Be “Stretch Marks” From Impact

by Jason Major September 28, 2012

Dawn image of Vesta showing its nearly circumferential equatorial grooves (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA) Even though NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has departed Vesta the trove of data it’s gathered about this fascinating little world continues to fuel new discoveries. Most recently, some researchers are suggesting that Vesta’s curious grooves — long, deep troughs that wrap around its equator, noticed […]

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Researchers Present the Sharpest Image of Pluto Ever Taken from Earth

by Jason Major September 26, 2012

A “speckle image” reconstruction of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon (Gemini Observatory/NSF/NASA/AURA) Real planet, dwarf planet, KBO, who cares? What matters here is that astronomers have created the sharpest image of Pluto ever made with ground-based observations — and developed a new way to verify potential Earth-like exoplanets at the same time. Here’s how […]

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