2016 starts off with a (big) bang

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This is a big week astronomically speaking…- Saturday we arrived at perihelion, yesterday was Summer solstice on Mars, tomorrow we enjoy the latest sunrise of the year, Thursday is Eastern Orthodox Christmas and the moon, Venus and Saturn are closely positioned in the pre-dawn sky (closest on Saturday morning) and next Sunday is New Moon.

2015 was a remarkable year in astronomy and space science highlighted by; the Mars Curiosity mission, New Horizons to Pluto, space movies released last year, talk about earth-like planets orbiting other stars, all playing a major role in rekindling public interest in space exploration.

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