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Gaia’s all-sky view of our Milky Way Galaxy and neighbouring galaxies, based on measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars. The map shows the total brightness and colour of stars observed by the ESA satellite in each portion of the sky between July 2014 and May 2016.

Scientists just published the best map of our galaxy ever created — and it pins down the location of 1.7 billion stars

The Gaia spacecraft just released the latest data from its mission. The new data pins down the positions and brightness of almost 1.7 billion stars. It's the richest and most extensive map of the stars in our Milky Way galaxy and beyond.
STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) and the Milky Way at Childs Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Amateur astronomers discovered a new type of aurora that you can see much farther south — and they named it ‘Steve’

The newly discovered aurora is similar to the famous northern lights, but the phenomenon is visible closer to the equator.

A ‘planet parade’ is coming Thursday morning, when Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto will line up — here’s how to see it

Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto will all line up in the pre-dawn sky on March 8, with the moon lining up between Jupiter and Mars in the early morning.
The last photo of "Starman" in Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster as it flies toward Mars orbit. Earth is the bright crescent seen in the background.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster will eventually crash in space — and scientists think they know where and by when

Planetary science researchers can breathe a little easier now, thanks to new research that simulates the bacteria-coated car's final destination.
These December 2017 false-color images of KBOs 2012 HZ84 (left) and 2012 HE85 are, for now, the farthest from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft. They're also the closest-ever images of Kuiper Belt objects.

These new photos from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft were captured farther from Earth than any image ever taken

NASA's New Horizons mission broke the record Voyager 1 set with its "pale blue dot" photo, which had been the farthest from Earth an image had been taken.
The last photo of "Starman" in Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster as it flies toward Mars orbit. Earth is the bright crescent seen in the background.

Astronomers have recorded telescope footage of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster flying through deep space

The Virtual Telescope Project says a tiny dot moving among the stars in a new video is Elon Muks's Tesla Roadster that launched on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.
The phases of a total lunar eclipse.

Watch live: Astronomers are broadcasting video of the ‘super blue blood moon’ total lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, is happening early Wednesday morning, and anyone can watch the event live via a special webcast on YouTube.

How and when to watch Wednesday’s ‘super blue blood moon’

The full moon on January 31 will be the second in a month. It'll be at the closest point to Earth in the moon's orbit. And there will be a total lunar eclipse.
It's nearly impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear.

A “super blue blood moon” is coming January 31 — here’s what that means

This will be the first time in more than 150 years we get a supermoon, lunar eclipse, and a blue moon all at the same time.

A ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid bigger than Earth’s tallest skyscraper is about to fly near our planet

An asteroid called 2002 AJ129 will pass within about 2.6 million miles of Earth on February 4. It may be 1,000 feet taller than the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.