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NASA Moves Ahead with Mars 2020 Rover Construction

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The Mars 2020 rover has reached a third milestone on the path to the launch pad.

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Seeing a Black Hole’s Gravitational Vortex

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New observations solve a 30-year-old puzzle of mysterious signals from around black holes.

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The Making of a “Frankenstein” Galaxy

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Astronomers take a second look at UGC 1382 – previously considered a typical elliptical galaxy – and reassess everything they know about its size, age, and formation.

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40th Anniversary of Viking’s Red Planet Rendezvous

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On July 20, 1976, NASA’s Viking 1 lander touched down safely on Mars. The mission’s surviving scientists and engineers gathered this past week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landing.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, July 22 – July 30

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Look for starry Scorpius, sometimes called “the Orion of Summer”, due south just after dark now.

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See Two Tricky Occultations – Neptune and Lambda (λ) Aqr

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Now you see ’em, now you don’t. Watch the Moon occult Neptune and nearby Lambda Aquarii on the same night.

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Tour July’s Sky: Planets on Parade

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Take a guided tour of July’s night sky. In early evening look for Jupiter in the southwest, with Mars and Saturn embedded in Scorpius toward south.

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COMMUNITY

Antonín Rükl, 1932-2016

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A world-renowned lunar cartographer, whose beautiful atlases have become prized possessions, has died at age 83.

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The Town-Sized Milky Way Project

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The author turned her town into a model of the Milky Way Galaxy for a high school astronomy project.

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