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Astronomy pictures of the fortnight, LXXI

Been awhile since I posted an APOF, but perhaps it’s been worth the wait:  historic pic of Pluto!  Remember to watch the news this Tuesday as New Horizons zooms past the dwarf planet and its 5 moons. It will not, as … Continue reading

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4th launch for mysterious X-37B mini-shuttle

I’ve said it before (here here here here): you can never have too many robot space planes. Space.com reports that the 4th mission of the X-37B will launch from Cape Canaveral on May 20.  Statement reveal a little more leg this … Continue reading

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Astronomy pictures of the fortnight, LXX

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Astronomy pictures of the fortnight LXIX – Cloud edition

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How amazingly unlikely is your birth, cont.

Some speculate that the universe is so large we couldn’t possibly be alone.  But there’s a companion thought experiment that is more interesting: In a universe 14 billion years old, surely there is an advanced civilization somewhere older than ours … Continue reading

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How amazingly unlikely is your birth

The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer, argues this piece in the WSJ Here’s the story: The same year (1966) Time featured the now-famous headline (“Is God Dead?”), the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were … Continue reading

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Astronomy Pictures of the Fortnight, LXVIII – Orion edition

Last week Orion had its first test flight, so I’ve got 10 pictures/illustrations of it, 1 selfie from Rosetta, and 6 general interest astronomy pictures.  Additional details below the jump.

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