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Satellite Events for Tonight

Jupiter Meets Venus at Dawn in a Close Conjunction

Reported by Universe Today

You might be asking yourself: Where have all the planets gone? With Mars past its epic opposition in 2018 and still lingering in the evening sky, all other naked eye planets are loitering in the early dawn for January 2019. Sure, it’s cold outside th...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:06:45 +0000

Titan’s Thick Clouds Obscure our View, but Cassini Took these Images in Infrared, Showing the Moon’s Surface Features

Reported by Universe Today

Saturn’s moon Titan is a very strange place. It’s surrounded by a dense, opaque atmosphere, the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere to speak of. It has lakes of liquid methane on its surface, maybe some cryovolcanoes, and some scie...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:10:47 +0000

A New Technique to Figure Out How Old Stars Are

Reported by Universe Today

Our understanding of the universe, and of the Milky Way, is built on an edifice of individual pieces of knowledge, all related to each other. But each of those pieces is only so accurate. The more accurate we can make one of the pieces of knowledge, the mo...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:27:56 +0000

Bizarre Double Star System Flipped its Planetary Disk on its Side

Reported by Universe Today

An international research team recently found a binary star system with a debris disk that orbits around their poles. The post Bizarre Double Star System Flipped its Planetary Disk on its Side appeared first on Universe Today. ...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:17:32 +0000

Incredible Descent Video of the Chinese Lander to the Lunar Far Side

Reported by Universe Today

On January 2nd, 2019, China’s Chang’e-4 lander made a successful landing on the far side of the Moon. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) report that after 9 days on the surface, the m...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:39:38 +0000

Cotton Seed Sprouts on the Moon's Far Side in Historic First by China's Chang'e 4

Reported by Space.com

Before China finished packing up its Chang'e 4 lunar lander to be blasted off on a never-before-accomplished journey to the far side of the moon, scientists slipped in a small tank of plant seeds. And now, the team announced, a cotton seed has sprouted....
  • By: Space.com
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:47:00 EST