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The Sky Guys: Supermoons, The Mars Rover, And Apollo Launch Anniversary

The latest astronomical news with our Sky Guys: NASA is in troubleshooting mode as the Mars rover Curiosity shows signs of wear after two years of roaming the planet’s rocky terrain, a global scientific body invites the public to vote on names for newfound planets, and astronomers are looking back to Apollo 11's lunar landing 45 years ago.

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  • Mal Cameron- longtime educator and former Astronomy and space educator at the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center.
  • John Gianforte– co-founder of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England and an astronomy instructor for Granite State College and UNH. His website is theskyguy.org.

*Did you catch the supermoon over the weekend? Email us your picture, and where you took it! (exchange@nhpr.org)


  • The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is holding a competition to name exoplanets: "'People have been naming celestial objects for millennia, long before any scientific system of names ever existed,' IAU representatives said in the same statement. 'Even today, almost every civilization and culture uses common names to describe the stars and planets.'"
  • The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso maker. This is how it works: "The biggest challenge is figuring out how to keep the scalding water inside the espresso machine contained, Kloeris says. Everything has to be sealed, secure and safe."
  • NASA explains what a supermoon is and why it happens:

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