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Britain's Big Astronomical Plans

The United Kingdom's Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN) spans more than 200 kilometers using seven radio telescopes. Over the next few years, the array will receive a $11 million upgrade.Courtesy Jodrell Bank. More than a year ago, British radio astronomers feared that that some of their facilities were about…

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Comet LINEAR in Binoculars

This color-composite view of Comet LINEAR (C/2000 WM1) was taken on the night of November 10-11 by Arizona astrophotographer Tim Hunter using a Meade 12-inch LX200 telescope and an Apogee AP7 CCD camera. Crossing Perseus and picking up speed during November, Comet LINEAR (C/2000 WM1) should now be an easy…

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Lunar Soil Reveals Solar Secrets

Samples of lunar soil collected by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972 continue to yield new findings; they contain an isotope of beryllium that is providing clues to the workings of the Sun's atmosphere. Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt (pictured here) returned to Earth with more than 100 kilograms…

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Odyssey's First Look at Mars

NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft took this false-color infrared view of the red planet from a distance of 22,000 kilometers (13,600 miles). The limb-to-limb image indicates surface temperature, with blue being coldest and red warmest. The large blue area is the southern polar cap, whose carbon dioxide ice is –120°…

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Turning a Keen Eye Toward Andromeda

The Subaru Telescope Eyes The Andromeda Galaxy

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Hubble's Anniversary Ring

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 14 years in orbit with a stunning view of a galaxy torn asunder.

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Hubble's Deepest View Yet

Astronomers have combined more than XX00 images from the Hubble Space Telescope to produce it's most detailed image so far.

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A New Kuiper Belt Giant

A newly found object beyond Neptune may be the largest yet.

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New Distance Record Holder Found

Astronomers have imaged a galaxy even closer to the edge of the observable universe.

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Listening for Beagle 2's Call Home

Europe's Mars Express orbits the red planet, but the lander Beagle 2 remains silent.

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Teaching Telescopes Reach First Light

Mass-produced research telescopes are coming online.

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"Spirit" On Course for Mars

The first of twin wheeled robots is on its way to Mars.

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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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A Rare Look at a Dying Star

Hubble's cameras spy a star on its last legs as it creates a planetary nebula.

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Stellar Water Fountains

Radio observations find jets of water streaming from a dying star.

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A Daily Dose of Mars

Get the latest view of the red planet from the Mars Odyssey 2001 spacecraft.

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Close-call Asteroid Causes More Worries

Near-Earth asteroids pose a threat to our planet.S&T illustration by Steven Simpson. Billed as the "blind-spot" asteroid, a building-size space rock passed the Earth unnoticed two weeks ago. An automated sky survey detected minor planet 2002 EM7 on March 12th. Subsequent orbital calculations determined that the asteroid had come closest…

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Galileo Passes Io for the Last Time

The Jupiter-orbiting spacecraft has flown by Io for the last time.

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