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Astronomy & Observing News

Review Board Endorses Pluto-Kuiper Mission

A major study by the National Research Committee concludes that sending a probe to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt should be NASA's top priority in solar-system exploration.

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A New Test for Extrasolar Planets

Based on an unusual spectral fingerprint, a Jupiter-size planet may be forming aroung the young star HD 141569.

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Unique Crater Swarm Disputed

The origin of the Rio Cuarto crater chain in Argentina is being hotly debated.

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Asteroid Chasers Are Seeing Double

Once considered virtually impossible, binary asteroids are turning up everywhere — especially in Earth's vicinity.

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Comet Borrelly: Dry and Hot

The experimental spacecraft Deep Space 1 caught some lucky breaks when it plunged deep into a comet's coma last September.

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Threatening Asteroid Aids Planetary Prognosticators

Asteroid 1950 DA may have a 1-in-300 of hitting Earth in 2880, and in deriving those odds dynamicists have learned much about all the factors that affect those long odds.

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Radar Reveals Big Splash on Mercury

Using Arecibo's powerful radar system, astronomers have identified what may be one of the solar system's youngest craters on the Sun-scorched plains of Mercury.

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New Probe of Yucatán Crater Ends

The Chicxulub impact crater is buried beneath roughly 1,000 meters of sediment (vertical scale is exaggerated). The Yaxcopoil-1 drilling effort intended to sample a variety of rocks resulting from the impact itself.Courtesy David A. Kring. It's been 11 years since geologists pinpointed the location of a huge impact that, most…

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Scientists Track "Recent" Flood on Mars

Mars may be bone-dry today, but new observations suggests that floodwaters may have raged across its surface within the past 10 million years.

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Testbed Paves Way for Amateur Space Telescope

Members of the ISS-AT (Interantional Space Station Amateur Telescope) team pose with their 'Alpha' telescope and its control computer during inaugural tests on February 2nd. From left: Richard Berry (kneeling), Tom Melsheimer, Matt Bisque, Orville Brettman, Terry Mann, Lance Martin, and Sean Sheldon.Courtesy Richard Berry. Amateur astronomers dream of someday…

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Galileo Mission Winds Down

Even though its main communication antenna never deployed, NASA's Galileo spacecraft has been productive — and durable — ever since entering orbit around Jupiter in December 1995. Multiple flybys of the Jovian moon Io have subjected the spacecraft to more than 500,000 rads of magnetospheric charged particles — 3½ times…

Occultations

A Saturn-Moon Spectacle

There will be other occultations of Saturn this year — but none with February's prime-time appeal for North American observers.

Juno's irrgular shape

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Juno Goes It Alone

Glimpsing Juno during the first half of 2002 will be a challenge.

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Huge Ice Deposits Found on Mars

A NASA spacecraft has strong evidence that slabs of ice lie buried just below of huge portions of the Martian surface.

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Will Leonids "Storm" for North America?

A 'meteor's-eye view' shows how Earth will be oriented for the first expected peak of the Leonid shower on November 18, 2001, at about 5 a.m. EST (2 a.m. PST). That's when dynamicists predict that Earth will encounter the most dense region of particles released by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. While the…

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