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Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.<p>Your goal: to observe a meteor shower. You read an article about an upcoming meteor shower, and you …

Astronomy

Springtime's Lyrid meteor shower beginning to bloom in the night sky

Like a spring flower, the annual Lyrid meteor shower is about to blossom in the night sky, and you've got several days to catch sight of the bloom as it grows.<p>"Meteor season is back!" photographer Jeff Berkes exulted in an email.<p>Although it's not the year's best shooting-star display, the Lyrids …

Mars vs. Europa: Are we looking in the wrong place for alien life?

A British astrobiology conference has revived a years-old debate over the best place to look for life elsewhere in the solar system: Mars, or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn?<p>"For reasons I don't really understand, the wider solar system and the potential for life there has not been high priority," …

Massive star factory in early universe - Futurity

CALTECH (US) — Astronomers have found a star-generating galaxy that existed billions of years earlier …

Universe

Kepler telescope spies 'most Earth-like' worlds to date

<b>The search for a far-off twin of Earth has turned up two of the most intriguing candidates yet.</b><p>Scientists say these new worlds are the right size and distance from their parent star, so that you might expect to find liquid water on their surface.<p>It is impossible to know for sure. Being 1,200 …

Science