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10th Anniversary of the Historic Landing on Saturn’s Moon Titan

In 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) did the incredible: it landed a probe on a comet. But this wasn't its first rodeo. Ten years ago, it parked a probe on the hazy, alien moon of Titan.

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The barely visible Comet Lovejoy. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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That Green Smudge is a Comet!

A comet is making a rare appearance in the night skies.

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UM student Chantanelle Nava at new UM telescope in Arizona. (Jason Eastman Photo, Harvard University)
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UM Astronomy Teams with Other Schools to Search for Planets

The astronomy department at the University of Montana is teaming with three other universities for Project MINERVA, involving remote operation of four telescopes in Arizona.

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A meteor, below the International Space Station. (ISS/NASA)
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Geminids Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend

If the clouds clear out this weekend, Bitterroot Valley skywatchers might see some "falling stars."

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Artist's view of New Horizons when it passes Pluto next year. (nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov illustration)
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Pluto-bound NASA Spacecraft Wakes Up

It's been a busy few weeks for space news. First a landing on a comet; then, a successful test flight of Orion, and now a tiny NASA spacecraft zooming toward Pluto was successfully awakened over the weekend.

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ESA's Philae lander sent this photo of Comet 67P after settling down. )ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA
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Space – Philae’s Comet Landing was Complicated

The European Space Agency have had some nervous hours due to unexpected movement by the Philae spacecraft that landed on Comet 67P/C-G yesterday.

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A selfie of the Rosetta spacecraft and its landing site. (ESA/Philae/CIVA Photo)
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An Astronomical ‘Selfie’ from an Ambitious Project

A few weeks ago, the robotic Rosetta spacecraft of the European Space Agency went into orbit around a comet. Its orbit takes it within 16 kilometers of the comet's surface, which is when this photo was snapped from an on-board camera.

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The moon will be reddish during the eclipse. (Fullerton Photo)
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Lunar Eclipse Should be Visible – Weather Permitting

A total lunar eclipse will be happening Wednesday morning and we should be able to see it in the Bitterroot Valley.

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Blue Mountain Observatory to Let Public View Stars for Free

The Blue Mountain Observatory will be holding an open house after sunset this Friday, July 23.

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Montana a Prime Location to View Upcoming Full Lunar Eclipse

A full lunar eclipse is set to occur early Tuesday morning (late Monday night), April 15. University of Montana Astronomy Professor Dan Reisenfeld says that Montanans are at a great longitude to view the event.

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