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This is your portal to astronomy news, the celestial reports and observing tips that make you say, “wow!” Here you’ll learn the latest on Curiosity’s Martian trek and discover why the detection of gravitational waves heralded a new era of astronomy. Find out why mysteriously quiet solar cycles have astronomers scratching their heads about the nature of our Sun. And this is the place to be if you’re seeking the best meteor showers of the year or glimpses of the most recent green comet gracing our skies.

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10 U.S. Dark-Sky Parks You Need To Visit

To mark International Dark Sky Week (April 15–21, 2018), here are some of the nation's finest stargazing spots, where artificial light is all but absent. There’s a simple rule for anyone searching for a dark sky; go somewhere others are not. The spread of LED lighting in North America over the past decade or so…

Velikovsky’s Venus

A controversial 1950 book by Immanuel Velikovsky declared that our neighbor world was spawned by Jupiter 3,500 years ago and nearly struck Earth — twice.