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1. Oort Cloud - Facts for Kids
Where do comets come from? The Oort Cloud is home to a trillion comets at the edge of the Solar System, nearly half way to the next star. Sometimes they get kicked out and sometimes they come to visit the inner Solar System.

2. Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020
The winners of the 12th Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were presented online this year. There were two socially distanced presenters. Winners included close-up Andromeda, an ethereal aurora, colorful clouds, and a sad warning of what could be the end of astrophotography.

3. Jupiter - Facts for Kids
King of the Roman gods, comet-killer, two and a half times the mass of all the other planets put together, shortest day of any planet in the Solar System. It's Jupiter! Find out more.

4. Vesta - Facts for Kids
NASA's Dawn mission spent 14 months orbiting the asteroid Vesta. Vesta's an unusual object, too small to be a dwarf planet. Yet it has the Solar System's tallest mountain, and canyons as big as Earth's Grand Canyon. And it may help scientists to understand the early Solar System.

5. Uranus and Neptune - Twin Planets
Uranus and Neptune are twin planets, but they aren't identical twins. For example, Uranus orbits lying on its side, and Neptune has the strongest winds in the Solar System.

6. 10 Fascinating Facts about Space Exploration
Who was really the first to orbit Earth? What is Snoopy's role in the manned space program? What sent an Australian teenager rushing to San Francisco? Which stars are Dnoces, Navi and Regor? Find out all of this . . . and more!

7. Europa - Facts for Kids
Jupiter's moon Europa seems to have a large ocean under its icy crust. Never mind Mars or Venus! Many scientists think that Europa would be a good place to look for life.

8. Comets - Facts for Kids
People used to think comets were warnings of disasters. Today we know that they are icy visitors from the most distant regions of the Solar System. Other stars have exoplanets and they seem to have exocomets too.

9. Aquila the Eagle
An ancient eagle straddles the celestial equator. It's the constellation Aquila which has come to us from the Romans who adopted it from the Greeks who adopted from the Babylonians. Located along the Milky Way, Aquila is rich in deep sky objects.

10. Venus - Facts for Kids
It's the planet most likely to be mistaken for a UFO. It spins backwards on its axis. A year is two days long. It's Venus! Some call it Earth's twin, but it isn't much like home.



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