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The Southern Ring Nebula

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. At only about 2,000 light years away, the Southern Ring Nebula is one of the closer planetary nebulae to us here on vantage point Earth. Located in the Southern constellation Vela, this nearly half … Continue reading

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Our Fallible Minds

Image credit & copyright: Dan Marker-Moore. Maybe you’ve been on a walk or perhaps driving down the freeway (highway, whatever) and there it is; the Moon sitting on the horizon in an almost shocking display. It appears huge, almost as if … Continue reading

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SpaceX Falcon 9 from CA Coming Up

Images credit & copyright: Ryan Chylinski and SpaceX. Launch Alert!: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 06:16 PST (09:16 EST & 14:16 UTC), a SpaceX Falcon 9 (core B1038.2) will be launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 4E … Continue reading

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Soyuz Progress 69P (Progress MS-08): ISS Resupply

Images credit & copyright: Roscosmos. Launch Alert! Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 03:58 EST (08:58 UTC & 11:58 Moscow Time) a Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket will deliver a Progress MS cargo ship designated “Progress MS-08” (cataloged as 69P or Progress … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Messier 83

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. 15 million light years across space-time toward the constellation Hydra the serpent, you will find this beautiful 55,000 light year diameter mess of a star city cataloged as barred spiral galaxy, Messier 83 or … Continue reading

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Look at Those Cave Men Go! SpaceX, Falcon Heavy Demo Flight

Images and video credit & copyright: SpaceX and Elon Musk. On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 15:45 EST (20:45 UTC) the first ever SpaceX Falcon Heavy listed off from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) with Elon Musk’s … Continue reading

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The Beauty of NGC 1398

Image credit & copyright: European Southern Observatory (SEO) Very Large Telescope (VLT). Roughly 65 million light years is the 130,000 light year diameter spiral galaxy cataloged as NGC 1398. As is usually the case, its name hides the true beauty … Continue reading

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