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WEBCAST REPLAYS: NASA Webcast of Asteroid 2004 BL86 Flyby
Asteroid Flying By Earth Could Be Half-Kilometer Wide | Orbit Animation
January 26th, 2015
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will host a live webcast tonight (Jan. 26) of the asteroid 2004 BL86 flyby of Earth. The webcast will begin at 11 pm ET and end at 1 am. Watch it here.
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Spectacular Time-Lapse Video Shows Wonders of the Night Sky
'Illusion of Lights' Video
January 21st, 2015
An amazing new time-lapse video shows the Milky Way, dancing auroras and skies full of stars above stunning locations in areas free of light pollution.
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Saturn and the Moon Share Predawn Close Encounter on Friday
Saturn on Jan. 16, 2015
January 15th, 2015
Early Friday morning, if skies are clear, you have a good chance to catch sight of a lovely waning crescent moon pairing off with the ringed wonder of the solar system: the planet Saturn.
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Mountain-Size Asteroid Flies By Earth Today: Watch It Online
This image shows the path of Asteroid 2004 BL86 through the sky on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. Skywatchers with a backyard telescope should be able to see the large space rock in the sky.
January 26th, 2015
A huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon. You can see the space rock's flyby live online.
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Heart Nebula's Cloudy Core Glows in Amateur Photo
Melotte 15 Jaspal Chadha
January 20th, 2015
Astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha took this image over four nights in December 2014 and January 2015.
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Full Moons of 2015: Their Names and Meanings
xpedition 42 Sees Full Moon Setting
January 15th, 2015
While most full moons of the year look similar, they each have unique names. Full moon names date back to Native Americans, living in what is now the northern and eastern United States.
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See 3 Moons of Jupiter Perform Rare Triple Transit Friday Night
Triple Shadow Transit of Jupiter, Jan. 23, 2015
January 22nd, 2015
On Friday night (Jan. 23), observers all across North America will witness a rare event when three of Jupiter’s moons, and their shadows, pass across the face of the giant planet. The next such "triple transit" won't occur until 2032.
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See Saturn, the Moon and More Before Dawn This Weekend
Crescent Moon Above Saturn in January 2015
January 15th, 2015
There are always interesting and unusual things to see in the night sky, even if you don’t own a telescope. Saturn, the moon and several other night sky objects are currently starring in a celestial show before sunrise, but only for those early birds who
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CIA About UFOs of the 1950s and '60s: 'It Was Us'
High-flying U-2 spy plane
January 14th, 2015
On Dec. 29, CIA officials suggested via Twitter that many UFOs reported in the 1950s and '60s were actually high-flying U-2 spy planes.
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