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The top astronomy pictures of 2012

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Festive g-astronomy

G Hotel’s gratifying set of gourmet offerings has set the stage for moments of gluttonous gourmandising and gleeful gaiety with loved ones in this glistening Christmas and New Year....

Backyard Astronomer: Astronomy and the Star of Bethlehem

E very year, during the month of December, the Backyard Astronomer will get several requests to explain the star of Bethlehem from an astronomer’s point of view. read more...

Astronomy: Stars reveal the secret of aging well

Some people are in great shape at the age of 90, while others are decrepit before they're 50. We know that how fast people age is only loosely linked to how old they actually are -- and may have more to do with their lifestyle. A new study reveals that the same is true of star clusters....

This Awesome Destroyer of Worlds Is the Best Astronomy Image of the Year

# astronomy I was looking back for the best, most impressive astronomy images of the year 2012—ready to post a winner when this dropped in my NASA feed. The image is stunning on its own, but the description just made my head spin. Combined with its sheer beauty, it made it the winner. Here is why: More »...

Image: A Panoramic Loop in Cygnus

As an end of the year finale, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and WIYN partners offer this new wide-field image of the Cygnus loop....

Astronomy: Daylight slips away on Selsey's favourite son - Sir Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore gave so much to helping others, he inspired generations of amateur astronomers like myself. He made the time to write or contact everyone who asked for assistance, never shirking the responsibility he felt to inspire and help others....