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  1. 2009 will be the International Year of Astronomy

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    6 Janvier 2009

    Declared the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations and UNESCO, 2009 will give professional and amateur astronomers alike a chance to share their passion with youngsters and the broader public.

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  2. HETE surveys a violent Universe

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    11 Octobre 2004

    Astronomers all over the world are holding their breath after the High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2) satellite detected a trio of star explosions in September. The 3 powerful blasts, lasting only a few seconds, were gamma-ray bursts that might be linked to the explosion of a supernova, which could start appearing in the weeks ahead. The astronomy community now has its telescopes trained on the 3 stars…

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  3. Closing in on extrasolar planets

    Date de publication:

    28 Novembre 2005

    Preparations on the Corot satellite are entering the home straight, with a last series of tests designed to evaluate its performance and ability to withstand the mission environment, and final assembly operations. Intended to detect Earth-like planets outside our Solar System, Corot is scheduled to launch in autumn 2006.

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  4. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

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    22 Juin 2006

    30 June 1966, France and the Soviet Union signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful exploration of space. 40 years later, that bold political initiative has blossomed into a series of increasingly ambitious projects.

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  5. A treat for comet watchers

    Date de publication:

    11 Mai 2006

    12 May, the main fragment of a disintegrating comet will pass within 10 million km of Earth. That’s close enough to see it through a pair of binoculars, just before dawn.

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