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Uranus: A Guide to its 2013 Opposition

Up for a challenge? Got a big 12” light bucket of a Dobsonian telescope and looking for something new to point it at? This week, as the Moon reaches …

First Cloud Map of a Planet Beyond our Solar System

<b>After cataloging nearly a thousand worlds beyond our solar system, astronomers can now for the first time forecast cloudy skies on a distant exoplanet.</b><p>While the above image may not resemble a weather map, it shows a first look at clouds on a hot, Jupiter-like world dubbed Kepler 7b, which resides …

Incredible Technology: How to Clean Up Dangerous Space Junk

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>In this weekly series</i><i>, SPACE.com explores how technology</i> <i>drives space exploration and discovery.</i><p>The vast amount of manmade debris in …

The Deep Space Tourbillon Is A One-Off, Handmade Watch That Will Take You To Infinity And Beyond

As you may well know, the tourbillon is one of the hardest (and most expensive) complications to build and only the very rich and very obsessed can afford them. This watch, however, may be just the ticket if you’re a hardcore Trekkie and you just hit a liquidity event.<p>The Deep Space Tourbillon is …

Overnight Aurora Sets Sky On Fire, More Possible Tonight

I’m writing this at 1:30 a.m. running on what’s powering the sky over northern Minnesota right now – auroral energy. Even at this hour, rays are …

Astronomy

This stunning image of the Rho Ophiuchi and Antares nebulae, by Tom O’Donoghue, was the “Runner Up” of the “Deep Space” category in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition (http://oak.ctx.ly/r/dnra). Wallpaper download options available here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/dnrb

Huge Solar Sail Portion Unfurls In Crucial Ground Test

We’re sure the people in that picture above must have had sweaty hands as they unfurled a huge solar sail in front of the camera. What you’re seeing …

Comet ISON and Mars Imaged Together During Close Approach

Comet ISON made its closest approach to Mars yesterday (October 1, 2013) at a distance of 10.5 million km (6.5 million miles). While we await to find …

SpaceX knocks down claim that Falcon 9 rocket exploded in orbit

The SpaceX launch company and its billionaire founder, Elon Musk, on Tuesday smacked down suggestions that the upper stage of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket exploded after putting a half-dozen satellites in orbit.<p>"There was definitely no explosion of any kind." Musk told NBC News in an email. "Falcon …

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