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This image released by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, Thursday, May 12, 2022, shows a b...
Steve Kates

Image released of supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way

The mystery of the black hole is in the news again with the discovery of what appears to be a supermassive black hole near the nucleus of our Milky Way galaxy.
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Here’s what you need to know ahead of Sunday’s total lunar eclipse

A celestial event that many have been looking forward to is just around the corner -- a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night!
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May skies offer a total eclipse of the moon and more

May is here and the skies will offer some amazing sites for you and yours, including a total lunar eclipse.
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Last week of April brings planetary parade into view

This is a special week to many sky observers, as many of the major planets of the solar system will align in the eastern sky just before dawn daily. This is a most amazing week as we get to view five or possibly six planetary objects in a span of some 30 degrees or so.
25 days ago
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft captured this image of a solar flare as it...
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Massive sunspot group producing X-level flares and CME events in cycle 25

With sunspot cycle 25 now underway, the activity on the far side of the sun has been producing X-level solar flares and powerful coronal mass ejections.
1 month ago
Solar eclipse seen Aug. 21, 2017, from Cullowhee, North Carolina.(Wikimedia Commons Photo/Vince Rei...
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The Great American Total Solar Eclipse will be a sight to see

Mark your calendar for April 8, 2024 to experience the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. It won't come around again until 2045.
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Hot stuff: Solar cycle No. 25 increasing with flares and coronal mass ejections

The original predictions for solar cycle 25 were for a mild cycle. But with the recent official end of cycle 24, noted scientists have given the new cycle a stronger prediction when it comes to solar flare and coronal mass ejection activity.
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April skies blossom with some amazing sights

As the Earth makes its way around the celestial racetrack, we welcome month No. 4, April, with some very interesting sights to see.
2 months ago
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Star search: Explore the realm of galaxies with the arrival of spring skies

With the spring season upon us, we look to the next dark of the moon or new moon, for some exciting objects to view in the telescope.
2 months ago
The Thufa hill in Reykjavik, Iceland, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (AP Photo, File/Frank Augstein)...
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There was almost no warning for Iceland before asteroid exploded in the skies

Like a bolt out of the blue, a small asteroid the size of a refrigerator exploded over Iceland last Friday.
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Skies will be amazing when spring hits Arizona

With just days till the annual vernal equinox, or start of the spring season on March 20, we look to the skies for some interesting sights.
2 months ago
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World’s largest aircraft, Ukraine’s Antonov-225, destroyed by Russian forces

There is some hope that the largest aircraft in the world, the Ukrainian aircraft, the Antonov-225, will be rebuilt after it was recently destroyed by Russian military.
3 months ago
At Launch Pad 14, astronaut John H. Glenn squeezes into the Friendship 7 capsule. (NASA Photo, File...
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Remembering astronaut John Glenn’s orbit around Earth 60 years ago this week

Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on Feb. 20, 1962.
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Majestic Canopus is the 2nd-brightest star in the night sky

As we move deep into February and the weather returns with more moderate temperatures, many will ease outside and look up at our amazing Arizona skies.
3 months ago
These three astronauts are the prime crew of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission. They are Alan B. ...
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Recalling the amazing Apollo 14 moon mission 51 years later

As we move into the second full week of February, a very special Apollo mission was conducting some very unique science on the surface of the moon in 1971.
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Space X booster rocket to collide with moon in early March

With all the excitement and success of the Space X rocket program, we come to an interesting story of a past rocket booster which will impact the moon on or about March 4.
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Volcanic ash in atmosphere is adding to the colors of Arizona sunsets

Arizona is known for some of the most magnificent sunsets in the nation that include a peek at the Belt of Venus.
4 months ago
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Extra sights worth viewing in our January skies

With January more than half over, we look to our Arizona skies for some additional objects to view in our binoculars and telescopes.
4 months ago
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January is terrific time of year to look for Pleiades star cluster

As January rolls on, we look to the night skies for additional objects to view and enjoy. Tops on the list is the star cluster Pleiades.
4 months ago
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Take a tour of a stellar nursery – the Orion Nebula

With the New Year here and the season of winter under way, we explore the January 2022 skies for a most memorable group of stars know as Orion the Hunter.
5 months ago
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NASA sends James Webb Telescope into deep space

The long-awaited launch of the James Webb Telescope became a reality on Christmas Day! The $10 billion telescope spacecraft lifted off the launch pad in a near-perfect ascent to space on its million-mile journey.
5 months ago
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A glimpse at what Arizona can expect to see in the sky in 2022

As the Earth turns towards a new year, we, here, in Arizona and around the world await some exciting events in the sky!
5 months ago
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An update on Comet Leonard discovered by UArizona astronomer

The first discovered comet of 2021, Comet Leonard C/2021/ A1 is making news around the world as it gets closer to Earth and the planet Venus and finally its main event with the sun.
5 months ago
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These objects in the sky remind us of the Christmas star

With the holidays in full swing, our attention is naturally drawn to the sky to imagine what objects or objects are just like the magical Christmas star of days gone by.
5 months ago