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Five Non-events of 2020
In addition to the great astronomy stories of 2020, there are also stories that are overwrought, careless, crazy, mischievous or just plain wrong. Here are five of them.

Top Ten Astronomy Stories of 2020
2020 probably wasn't anybody's favorite year. But there was a lot to celebrate of astronomical interest. It was so hard to choose a top ten, some similar events were grouped together. Asteroids, the Moon, Mars and the Sun all feature, and there were two splendid skywatching events.

Astro Advent 2020 - Days 13-24
Meteors, colorful moons, an alien landscape and more – they're in the 2020 astro countdown to Christmas on the Bellaonline Astronomy Forum. Here are some notes about the final twelve days plus a Christmas bonus.

Astro Advent 2020 - Days 1-12
Christmas 2020 is past now, but you can still enjoy the astro advent calendar of daily images posted in the Bella Online Astronomy forum. Here we revisit the first twelve days which included a space probe, atmospheric phenomena, skyscapes and deep-space objects.

Neptune's Moons - Facts for Kids
Neptune is the last planet out from the Sun. It has fourteen known moons and they're a mixed bag. One of them – Triton – has over 99% of the total mass of Neptune's moons. Thirteen little moons share what's left. Only two of the moons were discovered before 1981.

Neptune - Facts for Kids
Far beyond Uranus is another blue planet, one named for the Roman sea god. It could well have been named for a god of winds as it's the windiest place in the Solar System. And it has a captured moon that was a Kuiper Belt object like Pluto.

Uranus - Facts for Kids
This ice giant is twenty times farther from the Sun than we are. It circles the Sun lying on its side, so each half the planet is dark for over twenty years at a time. It's the planet Uranus, discovered in 1781 by William Herschel who named it George.

Hydra the Water Snake – Myths and Stars
What links the biggest constellation in the sky with the flag of Brazil? Why is the star V Hydrae bright red? How did the hero Hercules vanquish a nine-headed monster?

Hydra the Water Snake – Deep Sky Objects
It's not surprising to find plenty of deep-sky objects in such a big constellation as Hydra. Its varied objects include the Ghost of Jupiter, beautiful globules that are over twice the age of the Sun, and a dramatic grand design spiral galaxy known for its titanic explosions.

Moons of Uranus - Facts for Kids
William Herschel discovered the planet which was named Uranus after the ancient Greek sky god. Although Uranus has at least 27 moons, most of them weren't discovered until at least the twentieth century.

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