The young, hot stars come out for telescope’s inauguration

(Photo: ESO. Acknowledgement: VPHAS+ Consortium / Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit)

A gorgeous photo of a star-forming region of space called the Carina Nebula marks the inauguration of a new telescope — the largest instrument in the world devoted to surveying the sky in visible light.

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile was officially inaugurated Thursday in Naples, Italy.

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Orionid meteor shower wows weekend stargazers

(Photo: Tommy Eliassen)

The Orionid meteor shower is raining bits of the famed Halley’s Comet on Earth this weekend to the delight of stargazers around the world.

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Orionid meteor shower to light up night skies this weekend

(Photo: Jeff Berkes)

A meteor shower spawned by history’s most famous comet will peak this weekend, and the show could be dazzling for observers with clear skies, experts say.

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Can’t get out to see Perseids? Here’s how to watch ‘em online

(Photo: NASA / MSFC / Meteoroid Environment Office)

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend and if you can’t catch the “shooting star” spectacle in person, have no fear. You can tune in online for live views of the meteor display from NASA.

NASA is inviting people to participate in its “Up All Night” live chat with astronomer Bill Cooke and his team from the Meteoroid Environment Office at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. EDT.

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Powerful outburst on the sun sends a blast our way

The sun unleashed a huge flare Thursday, the second major solar storm to erupt from our star in less than a week.

The solar flare peaked at about 12:50 p.m. ET as an X-class sun storm, the most powerful type of flare the sun can have.

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