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2017 Is Slated to Be in Top 3 Hottest Years of All Time

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The year isn't over yet, but 2017 is already expected to be the second- or third-hottest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced today (Nov. 6) at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

Moon Points the Way to Three Star Clusters This Month

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While the moon is sometimes a frustrating object for deep-sky-object observers — the light from the surface can wash out faint objects — in November, our celestial neighbor will point the way to three gorgeous star clusters.

Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies

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Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth — right around the corner in astronomical terms. Yet they've horned their way into this picture of thousands of galaxies scattered across space and time at inconceivably farther distances.

News Article Type: Homepage ArticlesPublished: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 15:08

Best Binoculars for Earth and Sky

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Binoculars are great for checking out all kinds of natural wonders, from distant celestial bodies to birds and other wildlife on Earth. Here are some of the best binoculars for beginners, kids and seasoned veterans alike.

Six Observations About Thor: Ragnarok

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Full confession time: Newsarama didn’t get to see Ragnarok until a press screening mid last week, days after the initial wave of reviews started to surface and it became readily apparent the film was another MCU critical hit.

Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

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Portal origin URL: Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA SatellitesPortal origin nid: 412733Published: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:28Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Sun-gazing missions SOHO and STEREO watched the return of comet 96P/Machholz when it entered their fields of view between Oct. 25-30. It is extremely rare for comets to be seen simultaneously from two different locations in space, and these are the most comprehensive parallel observations ever taken of this comet.Portal image: animation of STEREO observations of comet 96PScience Categories: Sun

Huge Telescope Project Starts Making Mirror No. 5

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Technicians have begun casting the fifth primary mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) at the University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, project representatives announced today (Nov. 3).

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