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Why Is Saturn Tipsy?

Astronomers now believe a long-distance relationship with Neptune has pushed Saturn's spin axis off to one side.

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Astro News Briefs: October 21–October 27

New Infrared Camera for Palomar 200-Inch Telescope October 21, 2002 | The California Institute of Technology recently attached a new digital infrared camera on its 200-inch Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory in hopes of detecting galaxies created soon after the Big Bang. The panoramic camera, complete with a $350,000 sensor…

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Gamma-Ray Satellite Launched

A new European spacecraft will scan the heavens for high-energy radiation.

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For Sale: Exoplanet Hunting Expedition

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific will auction a trip to Hawaii to join Geoff Marcy in hunting extrasolar planets.

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A Double Star's Planet

Astronomers have discovered the first planet that orbits one star of a close pair.

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Pluto's Warming Wisps

Pluto seems to be getting warmer, despite moving away from the Sun.

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Star Speeds Around Milky Way's Black Hole

Astronomers have clocked a star orbiting the black hole at the Milky Way's center, revealing its mass.

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Gamma-Ray Burst Caught in the Act

A fast worldwide alert enables astronomers to snag their best-observed gamma-ray burst ever.

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Pluto Mission Gets Boost in Congress

The prospects for a mission to Pluto look better than ever.

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Neutrino and X-ray Pioneers Earn Nobel Prize

The 2002 Nobel Prize for physics will be shared by three researchers who opened up two new fields of astronomical investigation.

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Astronomers Warn Congress About Near-Earth Asteroid Risks

Meteor experts addressed Capitol Hill about the status of near Earth asteroid protection.

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Threatening Asteroids: Fewer Hits in our Future?

New studys suggest that asteroid impacts on Earth are more rare than preciously believed.

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A New Kuiper Belt Kingpin

Even though it's even farther from the Sun than Pluto, a newly discoverd object named Quaoar is so big and so bright that astronomers should have spotted it 19 years ago.

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Astro Image in the News:
Interstellar Odd Couple

What seems to be a 'next-door neighbor' to NGC 4319 is actually a billion light-year distant quasar.Courtesy NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STSCI/AURA). The Hubble Space Telescope captured this scene in the constellation Draco. The large galaxy is the 80 million light-year distant NGC 4319. And to its upper…

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Astro News Briefs: September 30–October 6

A new moon for Uranus and a new binary asteroid.

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Lumicon's Final Exposure

A household name in the astronomical community, Lumicon officially closed its doors at the end of September.

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Space Artists Honored

World-renowned space artists Don Davis and Jon Lomberg have been awarded the prestigious Klumpke-Robert Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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LIGO Comes Alive

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory is online and listening for black-hole collisions.

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The Crab's Shimmering Shock Waves

Never-before-seen details in the inner Crab Nebula reveal that the fast-spinning pulsar at its heart is powering a dynamic sequence of events.

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Polarized Microwaves Bolster New Cosmology

These scientists are posing beside DASI, a compact 'telescope' that gathers microwave radiation from the universe's infancy. DASI's latest discovery, announced today, adds credence to the new paradigm of an accelerating universe.Courtesy Stephanie Rowatt. By measuring the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation — an unprecedented technical achievement —…

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