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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year winner announced

24 October 2018 Astronomy Now

American photographer Brad Goldpaint’s image of the Milky Way arcing above a rocky canyon in Utah won the top prize at this year’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwhich. Goldpaint’s photo and others in the competition are on display at the National Maritime Museum.

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Ariane 5 launches two satellites on 7-year voyage to Mercury

21 October 2018 William Harwood

A powerful European Ariane 5 rocket blasted off from French Guiana late Friday and boosted a pair of satellites into space for a seven-year plunge into the inner solar system, a voyage requiring seven planetary flybys to slow down enough in the sun’s gravitational clutches to slip into orbit around hellish Mercury.