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Scientists have discovered a Great Valley on Mercury, hundreds of miles long and sunken by as much as 2 miles (3 km) below the surrounding terrain.

Scientists have discovered a Great Valley on Mercury, hundreds of miles long and sunken by as much as 2 miles (3 km) below the surrounding terrain.

At this time of year, for all of us around the globe, the Pleiades cluster culminates - reaches its highest point in the sky - around midnight.

At this time of year, for all of us around the globe, the Pleiades cluster culminates - reaches its highest point in the sky - around midnight.

What's the easiest way to find the Andromeda galaxy?  Many use the constellation Cassiopeia, which is shaped like an M or W.

What's the easiest way to find the Andromeda galaxy? Many use the constellation Cassiopeia, which is shaped like an M or W.

You can use stars in the constellation Pegasus to locate the Andromeda galaxy, which is the spiral galaxy nearest the Milky Way.

You can use stars in the constellation Pegasus to locate the Andromeda galaxy, which is the spiral galaxy nearest the Milky Way.

Use the Big Dipper bowl to star-hop to Castor and Pollux

Use the Big Dipper bowl to star-hop to Castor and Pollux

Andromeda Constellation | Andromeda_constellation_mapFINAL2+INVERTIDO.jpg

Andromeda Constellation | Andromeda_constellation_mapFINAL2+INVERTIDO.jpg

When the moon is no longer around to guide you, star-hop to Castor and Pollux from the constellation Orion. Simply draw an imaginary line from the bright star Rigel through the bright star Betelgeuse, going a solid two times the Rigel-Betelgeuse distance

When the moon is no longer around to guide you, star-hop to Castor and Pollux from the constellation Orion. Simply draw an imaginary line from the bright star Rigel through the bright star Betelgeuse, going a solid two times the Rigel-Betelgeuse distance

Slow-moving North Taurids don't exhibit a sharp peak, so meteor rates may remain fairly steady throughout the weekend.  Too bad about the moon!

Slow-moving North Taurids don't exhibit a sharp peak, so meteor rates may remain fairly steady throughout the weekend. Too bad about the moon!

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