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Astronomy Topics

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Saturn

Saturn and Its Rings

Perhaps the most imposing sight you can see through a telescope is the planet Saturn with its magnificent system of rings.
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Mars

Mars

Mars is the 4th planet from the Sun and the one that has most intrigued humanity over the years.
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Lives of Stars

The Lives of Stars

Stars are born from the great reservoirs of cosmic material, and they shine with exuberant energy for millions or billions of years.
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Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

The closest site where astronomers can observe the birth of stars is 1500 light years away from us.
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Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Nebula is a system of stars quite separate from the Milky Way, and in many ways comparable to it.
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Gamma-Ray Bursts

Gamma-Ray Bursts

Astronomers have recently discovered violent events in the universe that make the Sun look dim by comparison.
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Planets Around Other Stars

Extrasolar Planets

Astronomers have long wondered whether our solar system was unique, or whether other stars also had planets circling them.
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Light as a Cosmic Time Machine

Light as a Cosmic Time Machine

The universe tells us its story mainly through light and other wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.
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Planets and Pluto

Planets and Pluto

What happened to Pluto in 2006? Will any other planets lose their status?
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Light Pollution

Light Pollution

Light pollution has robbed whole generations of the chance to see nature on its largest scale.
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