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Mars shines extra bright on 13 Oct as it enters 'opposition', to remain bright for weeks
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Mars shines extra bright on 13 Oct as it enters 'opposition', to remain bright for weeks

Mars in opposition means it will be visible all night, starting in the east after sunset, before disappearing into the western horizon around sunrise.

Earth to get a mini-moon in November: NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket
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Earth to get a mini-moon in November: NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket

The object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission decades ago, finally making its way back to Earth.

Nobel Prize 2020 in Physics awarded to Penrose, Genzel and Ghez for findings in cosmology, black holes
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Nobel Prize 2020 in Physics awarded to Penrose, Genzel and Ghez for findings in cosmology, black holes

Half the award was shared between two researchers that helped discover that every galaxy is home to a supermassive black hole.

Black holes that 'shouldn’t exist' discovered in the loudest black hole collision on record
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Black holes that 'shouldn’t exist' discovered in the loudest black hole collision on record

A black hole 85 times the sun's mass, and a second, 66 solar masses, collided. The result was a black hole 142 times as massive as the sun.

Stunning 'eye of the serpent' spotted by Hubble in spiral arms of a galaxy in the Hydra constellation
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Stunning 'eye of the serpent' spotted by Hubble in spiral arms of a galaxy in the Hydra constellation

Only half of all the known spiral galaxies have a central bar-like structure, including NGC 2835 and our Milky Way galaxy.

Survivor planet found orbiting a white dwarf closely in data from TESS, Spitzer telescopes
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Survivor planet found orbiting a white dwarf closely in data from TESS, Spitzer telescopes

The discovery suggests that planets may actually be capable of surviving the formation of a white dwarf.

Glimpse of our system once the Sun is dead? First Jupiter-sized exoplanet found orbiting white dwarf star
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Glimpse of our system once the Sun is dead? First Jupiter-sized exoplanet found orbiting white dwarf star

Past research has indicated that some white dwarf stars can retain some of the more distant remnants of their planetary systems.

Phosphine found in the Venus atmosphere, could be signs of 'aerial life' in planet's clouds
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Phosphine found in the Venus atmosphere, could be signs of 'aerial life' in planet's clouds

A chemically-synthesized bioweapon and agricultural fumigant, phosphine in also naturally made by some anaerobic microbes in low oxygen environments.

DarkSats ain't dark enough: SpaceX Starlink satellites continue to ruin it for astronomers
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DarkSats ain't dark enough: SpaceX Starlink satellites continue to ruin it for astronomers

SpaceX's megaconstellation also sets a precedent for other companies to follow suit with their own, without considering the needs of the astronomy community, say experts.

Stunning images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory show cosmic objects, stars, supernovas
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Stunning images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory show cosmic objects, stars, supernovas

While Chandra captures X-rays in the outflow of stellar explosions in some images, Hubble throws light on galaxies.

Asteroid over 22 meters wide to make a pass by Earth closer than the Moon, NASA says
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Asteroid over 22 meters wide to make a pass by Earth closer than the Moon, NASA says

The 'potentially hazardous asteroid' called '2011 ES4' will be at a distance of 1.2 lakh kms from Earth at its closest.

Centaur spotted: Astronomers find space rock near Jupiter that might transform into a comet by 2063
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Centaur spotted: Astronomers find space rock near Jupiter that might transform into a comet by 2063

The rare sighting is an opportunity to see the birth of a comet as it starts to become active, researchers say.

Black Moon on 19 August: Invisible fourth 'New Moon' in Northern Hemisphere appears due to calendar quirk
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Black Moon on 19 August: Invisible fourth 'New Moon' in Northern Hemisphere appears due to calendar quirk

A second full moon in a single calendar month is a Blue Moon, and the flip side of this phenomenon, a Black Moon.

Puzzling dimming of Betelgeuse's brightness could be due to supernova, study suggests
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Puzzling dimming of Betelgeuse's brightness could be due to supernova, study suggests

The mystery has enthralled skywatchers since the star began to lose brightness, and fast, in October 2019.

Golden halo of infant galaxy look-alike of Milky Way spotted 12 bn light years away
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Golden halo of infant galaxy look-alike of Milky Way spotted 12 bn light years away

The 'baby' galaxy was discovered using the powerful ALMA radio telescope in Chile, using a technique called gravitational lensing.

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight: Interesting facts, tips to spot the year's best meteor shower display
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Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight: Interesting facts, tips to spot the year's best meteor shower display

Following the faint Delta Aquariids meteor shower in July come the Perseids, which is arguably the best and brightest meteor shower throughout the year.

Bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres from deep brine reservoir below the surface, study claims
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Bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres from deep brine reservoir below the surface, study claims

Once thought to be an asteroid, Ceres' unexplained bright spots kept scientists curious to know more.

Shape of our solar system more like a deflated croissant than a comet's tail, NASA study shows
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Shape of our solar system more like a deflated croissant than a comet's tail, NASA study shows

To study the boundary of interstellar space, scientists studied cosmic rays moving towards Earth from different parts of the galaxy.

Scientists pinpoint an icy dome as the best spot on Earth for skygazing, amateur astronomy
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Scientists pinpoint an icy dome as the best spot on Earth for skygazing, amateur astronomy

Observations from Dome A were two and a half times better than other good observation spots in Chile or Hawaii.

Teens from Surat spot Earth-bound asteroid HLV2514 in telescope images; IASC verifies discovery
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Teens from Surat spot Earth-bound asteroid HLV2514 in telescope images; IASC verifies discovery

The 14-year-olds discovered the asteroid during the two-month-long nationwide ‘All India Asteroid Search Campaign 2020’ organised by SPACE India and IASC.