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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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Total Lunar Eclipse
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
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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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A new crater on the surface of Mars. (NASA/JPL_Caltech/University of Arizona)
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A New Crater Spotted on Mars

There's a satellite in orbit around Mars with a camera that has found a recent crater on the surface.

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Titan. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)
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University of Idaho Team Helps View Saturn Moon

It takes Saturn 30 years to orbit the Sun. That means each season is 7 1/2 years long.

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The moon will interfere with viewing. (Thinkstock.com illustration)
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Geminids Meteor Shower is Upon Us

The Geminids meteor shower has been more active in recent years, and astronomers are predicting a pretty good show this year - notwithstanding the moon.

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