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Art on the Moon – Fallen Astronaut
Did you know there are artworks on the Moon? And “Moon Museum” hitched a ride attached to Apollo 12's lunar module. But the “Fallen Astronaut” statuette lies on the Moon's surface. Here's how it got there.

Why it took so long to discover Uranus
The sky is full of stars, and since prehistoric times humans have known of five nomads – planets – wandering among them. No individual discovered those planets, for they're there for all to see. So why was the sixth one – now called Uranus – not known until 1781?

Moons of Uranus – Facts for Kids
William Herschel was the first person ever to discover a planet. In 1781 he discovered the planet which was named Uranus for the ancient Greek sky god. Although Uranus has at least 27 moons, most of them weren't discovered until the Space Age.

Betelgeuse – Red Supergiant
Betelgeuse is the star that represent's Orion's right shoulder. It's also one apex of the Winter Triangle and marks the center of the Winter Hexagon. Very bright, distinctly red, and part of the hunter's commanding presence, you can find it easily in the winter sky.

Heroes of the Revolution – Doodles
For umpteen centuries people thought the Earth was the center of the cosmos. In the 2nd century AD, this view was the foundation for Ptolemy's Almagest and it persisted into the 18th century. But it wasn't unchallenged, there was a revolution in the making.

Fascinating Facts about Saturn's Moons
Saturn lies in the outer Solar System, ten times farther away from the Sun than Earth is. It's best known for its fabulous ring system, but it also has an amazing system of moons including ring shepherds and a moon that could possibly sustain primitive life.

European AstroFest 2018 – Astronomy Potpourri
European AstroFest 2018, billed as “The Universe under One Roof”, was held in the Kensington Conference and Events Centre in London. The conference program included talks on dark matter, gravitational waves, asteroid impacts and wintering in White Mars.

European AstroFest 2018 - Space Missions
For two days there was no need for a telescope to view the Universe, though you might have decided to buy one for later on. The Universe came to London in the form of European AstroFest – all under one roof in the Kensington Conference and Events Centre. Here is Part 1 of some highlights.

New Year's Day to Candlemas – Quiz
Exploration, famous birthdays and ancient festivals in the time between January 1st and Candlemas at the start of February. Here's a little quiz for you that picks out some highlights in this period. How many do you recognize?

Canis Minor – the Lesser Dog
Canis Minor is one of Orion's hunting dogs. It trots along behind its master unperturbed by the unicorn (Monoceros), and leaving the hare (Lepus) to the greater dog (Canis Major) to chase. It's a small constellation with not much more to offer than one bright star, but it has a long history.

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