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Astronomy Picture of the Day: TESS Launch Close Up

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) began its search for planets orbiting other stars by leaving planet Earth on April 18.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: M57: The Ring Nebula

Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moons, Rings, Shadows, Clouds: Saturn (Cassini)

While cruising around Saturn, be on the lookout for picturesque juxtapositions of moons, rings, and shadows

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Twilight in a Western Sky

A slender crescent Moon and inner planets Venus and Mercury never wander far from the Sun in planet Earth's skies

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Blue Moon Tree

Does an alignment like this occur only once in a blue moon?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Nebra Sky Disk

Some consider it the oldest known illustration of the night sky

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus

Sometimes the sky above can become quite a show. In early September of 2010, for example, the Moon and Venus converged, creating quite a sight by itself for sky enthusiasts around the globe

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Southwest Mare Fecunditatis

Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders journeyed from Earth to the Moon and back again in December of 1968

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Alborz Mountain Star Trails

Colourful star trails arc through the night in this wide-angle mountain and skyscape

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dueling Bands in the Night

What are these two bands in the sky?

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