Astronomy

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Auroral lights

SHINY  Auroral lights, like those seen on Earth, shimmer in the atmosphere encircling the pole of the dim star LSR J1835 + 3259in this artist’s illustration.

Kepler 452b

NEW WORLD  The newly identified exoplanet Kepler 452b orbits a sunlike star 1,400 light-years away from Earth. 

telescope looking for life

LOOKING FOR LIFE  The Parkes (right) and Green Bank (middle) radio telescopes, as well as the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory (left), will aid in the hunt for alien transmissions.

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