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China launches experimental moon orbiter

China launches experimental moon orbiter

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around…

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China launches experimental moon orbiter

China launches experimental moon orbiter

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, an unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang satellite launch center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around…

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China launches experimental moon orbiter

China launches experimental moon orbiter

An unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the cou…

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China launches experimental moon orbiter

China launches experimental moon orbiter

BEIJING — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

October 24, 2014 1:27 am Photos

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View today's partial solar eclipse safely

View today's partial solar eclipse safely

Events at the University of Arizona and Pima College will allow you to view the eclipse without harming your eyes.

October 23, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Safely view partial eclipse of the sun

Safely view partial eclipse of the sun

The partial eclipse next Thursday will be visible from much of the United States and Canada. Unfortunately, it will not be a total eclipse, which is much rarer and much more spectacular.

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Programs bring new life on Kitt Peak

Programs bring new life on Kitt Peak

It may no longer be the national observatory, but its biggest telescopes have landed new scientific projects.

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'Lonesome' Fomalhaut signals autumn's arrival

'Lonesome' Fomalhaut signals autumn's arrival

Fomalhaut is the 18th brightest star in the sky.

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Lunatics to lose sleep over lunar eclipse

Lunatics to lose sleep over lunar eclipse

Unless you're enough of an lunar fanatic to wake up at 3 a.m., a total eclipse of the moon will occur while you are sleeping tomorrow morning.

October 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lunar eclipse Wednesday could be "blood moon"

Lunar eclipse Wednesday could be "blood moon"

If you rise any time before dawn, go outside for a look.

October 06, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
UA pledges $60 million for giant telescope

UA pledges $60 million for giant telescope

"Big science" doesn't come cheap. Unidentified donor gives $20 million for Chile project.

October 03, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Sky Spy: Welcome the autumnal equinox

Sky Spy: Welcome the autumnal equinox

Fall arrives next week, and Mars is moving eastward.

September 17, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Managua explosion not linked to asteroid, NASA suggests

Managua explosion not linked to asteroid, NASA suggests

The Nicaragua explosion claim was intriguing to asteroid watchers.

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At Flandrau, it's farewell Hector; hello Full Dome

At Flandrau, it's farewell Hector; hello Full Dome

New star projector ain't much to look at, but sure can project.

August 31, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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SkySpy: Fleet-moving Mercury darts across sky tonight

SkySpy: Fleet-moving Mercury darts across sky tonight

Mercury is reasonably bright, but difficult to see so close to the sun.

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Sky Spy: Enjoy Venus in a.m., Sagittarius in evening

Sky Spy: Enjoy Venus in a.m., Sagittarius in evening

Sagittarius is supposed to look like a centaur, but that's not really accurate. 

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Look for Venus, Jupiter in pre-dawn sky

Look for Venus, Jupiter in pre-dawn sky

Venus and Jupiter heading for a planetary conjunction.

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Local 'sci-fi' projects advance in NASA competition

Local 'sci-fi' projects advance in NASA competition

NASA funds five proposals for far-out projects and two are based in Tucson. 

August 12, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
UA astronomer: Enough with the lectures

UA astronomer: Enough with the lectures

Meet Chris Impey — a natural showman with a knack for explaining science.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm Video Photos

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NSF releases funds for massive survey telescope

NSF releases funds for massive survey telescope

The LSST promises the widest, deepest, fastest view of the cosmos.

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