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  1. Working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission, scientists have produced the first global map of Titan’s geological features.

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  2. When NASA's New Horizons flew by a distant Kuiper Belt Object on New Year's Day, they nicknamed it "Ultima Thule." Now, the object has received an official moniker: Arrokoth.

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  3. The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has completed its mission at asteroid Ryugu — including collecting samples — and is now journeying back to Earth.

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  4. A new database from the American Association of Variable Star Observers enables astronomers (amateur and professional alike) to store data from any variable object in the sky.

    The post Do You Take Spectra? Here’s Where to Store Your Data — and Contribute to Science appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. Yerkes Observatory, a historic, castle-like building built to house a gigantic telescope, may soon reopen if all goes according to plan.

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