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  • 3 weeks ago

    Plant Your Eyes In Delta Cephei’s Fertile Triangle

    The famous variable star Delta Cephei unlocks a box of deep-sky treasures in a little-visited corner of Cepheus, the King. Cepheus, the King, and the triangle of naked-eye stars headed up by Delta (δ) Cephei are well placed in the northern sky now through mid-winter. This map shows the sky facing north around 9:30 p.m.[...]

  • 3 weeks ago

    Schiaparelli Lander to Touch Down on Mars

    The innovative Schiaparelli lander is nearing the end of its journey from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter to the Martian surface. Update (October 16th): ESA reports that the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is now back online with full telemetry is restored… a little Sunday afternoon space-drama! Update (October 16th): Separation of the Schiaparelli EDM lander[...]

  • 3 weeks ago

    Halley On Fire! Orionids Peak This Week

    The annual Orionid meteor shower is active all week, peaking Friday morning October 21st. If you’re up before dawn, you might just see these Halley’s Comet castoffs come to life. A bright Orionid makes a dash near the star Bellatrix in northern Orion during the 2014 shower. Bob King Christmas may come only once a year,[...]

  • 3 weeks ago

    ESA’s Schiaparelli Lander: Missing in Action

    Here’s what we know so far about the fate European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli mission. Update (October 20th): Well, ESA held the morning briefing as expected at 10:00 a.m. CEST, and the prognosis isn’t good for the Schiaparelli lander. ESA spacecraft operations manager Andrea Accomazzo emphasized that this was an entry and descent test, and that the[...]