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The moon rises through light clouds over the Sapphire Mountains. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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The Marvelous Moon in May

The bright May moon will hamper viewing of a meteor shower May 5 to May 7 this year.

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Dawn spacecraft approaches the asteroid Ceres. (NASA/Dawn)
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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Orbits Ceres Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered orbit around what has become the "mysterious" Ceres, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt of our solar system. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Padadena has been very busy, as you might imagine

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Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko in flase color. (ESA,Rosetta, NAVCAM, processing by Giuseppe Conzo)
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Comet is Closing in on the Sun

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is accompanying Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it approaches the Sun.

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Red moon. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Saturday Morning’s Full Moon Will Darken

Saturday morning the astronomy buffs will be looking up at the moon as we experience a lunar eclipse.

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Sizzling Time-Lapse of the Sun Will Heat Up Your Day

With winter pounding frigid temperatures down on most of the country, it may seem like the sun will never beam down and warm us up again, but this is a good reminder that it most certainly will.

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Smiley Face in Space Is an Out of This World Sight

In space, no one can hear you scream. But everyone can see you smile.

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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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