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With the proper equipment, you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky. Allexxandar via iStock/GettyImages

5 ways families can enjoy astronomy during the pandemic

COVID-19 may have messed up school and shut down a lot of entertainment venues. But you can still brighten things up by doing a little stargazing at night, an astronomer says.
Light trails left in the sky (photographed with a long exposure time), by Starlink satellites, seen from New Mexico, USA. Mike Lewinski/Flickr

The costly collateral damage from Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite fleet

By 2025 Elon Musk wants to launch 12,000 satellites and corner the global Internet market. What will be lost is earth-based astronomy, the idea that space belongs to us all and the beauty of a starry sky.
The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps? Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons

Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

Around the world and throughout history, we find remarkably similar constellations defined by disparate cultures, as well as strikingly similar narratives describing the relationships between them.
The other galaxies are there, but they are hiding a very long way away. www.shutterstock.com

Curious Kids: Where are all the other galaxies hidden?

We are in the Milky Way. If you travelled on an extremely fast spaceship for more than two million years, you would reach our neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy. All other galaxies are even further away.
The ISS sees us on Earth, but look up at night and you may see it, too. NASA

Look up – it’s a satellite!

A couple thousand satellites are orbiting Earth right now. Under the right conditions, your naked eye can spot these human-made objects in the night sky.
Astronomers predict the existence of Planet 9 based on data collected in the outer Solar System. from www.shutterstock.com

Stargazing citizens and scientists share the hunger to find Planet 9

To help find Planet 9, you just need a computer and a little astronomy knowledge. Already, 120,000 images have been processed by citizen scientists in just 3 days.
A telescope can open up on the wonders of the heavens. Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr

What to look for when buying a telescope

Stargazing in your back yard or on a camping trip can amaze and inspire. If you're thinking of buying a telescope, here are a few key things you should look out for.

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