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July 8 2014 Astronomy Newsletter

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Phantom Planets and Moons
Moons of Venus and Mercury? An unknown planet nearer the Sun than mercury? Astronomers can misinterpret what they see, too. Happily, other observers, better instruments and new theoretical understandings can put it right. Here are some phantom objects that many astronomers once thought existed.

*#Apollo45 Where were you when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?*

July 20 is the 45th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. Buzz Aldrin wants to know where *you* were when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Use #Apollo45 to share your story on the special Youtube page or your social media. Find out more here:

*Telstar 1 – launched 52 years ago*

Younger readers won't believe there was a time before mobile phones, the Internet, and the World Cup live around the world. Older readers may have trouble remembering how we used to communicate. Telstar 1 was launched on July 10, 1952. Read about how it began to change our lives:

*Happy Bastille Day to French readers*

Good wishes to everyone celebrating Bastille Day on July 14th. Here's an impressive light show for you: Messier 106 is over 20 million light years away.

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