The end of an era

The end of a space mission never comes easy. After spending the past eight months attempting to make contact, NASA has formally announced the end of the Opportunity mission on Wednesday, February 13th. The team made last contact with the rover on June 10, 2018, prior to a planet-wide dust storm leading up to opposition last July.

Dancing black holes

Using the supersharp radio “vision” of the National Science Foundation’s VLBA, astronomers have made the first detection of orbital motion in a pair of supermassive black holes in a galaxy some 750 million light-years from Earth.

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Atoms-for-Peace is the curious name given to a pair of interacting and merging galaxies that lie around 220 million light years away in the constellation of Aquarius. It is also known as NGC 7252 and Arp 226 and is just bright enough to be seen by amateur astronomers as a very faint small fuzzy blob shining around 12,2 mag.

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