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STS-120 day 2 highlights

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STS-118: Highlights

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Dawn leaves Earth

NASA's Dawn space probe launches aboard a Delta 2-Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral to explore two worlds in the asteroid belt.

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Dawn: Launch preview

These briefings preview the launch and science objectives of NASA's Dawn asteroid orbiter.

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Watch the eclipse with experts in London tomorrow

Posted: July 31, 2008

The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) will be gathering with telescopes in London’s Hyde Park tomorrow (Friday) to allow the public and press to view and enjoy the partial eclipse of the Sun safely.

The event will be held at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park on the morning of Friday 1 August, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions from 0830. The partial eclipse begins at 0932 with the maximum solar coverage at 1016. Don’t miss out on this fantastic (and free!) opportunity to observe our nearest star, the Sun, like never before!

The nearest tube station is Marble Arch and a high resolution map can be downloaded from

Astronomy Now will be there, and weather permitting, we will post our successful eclipse photographs here. If you would like to send us your observations of the eclipse, from wherever you are in the world, please email the Web Editor at eclipse2008<at>, including your name, location and observation details.

For more information about the eclipse, see our report ‘Partial solar eclipse visible from UK this Friday’.