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The next fortnight will be a real treat for stargazers - there are five planets to see in the evening sky, Mars is looking the best we’ve seen in 15 years, and on the morning of July 28 there will be a total lunar eclipse. Here are all the dates to mark in your calendar!


SpaceX has now launched the most powerful spacecraft since the Apollo era – the Falcon Heavy rocket – setting the bar for future space launches. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a payload equivalent to sending five double-decker London buses into space – which will be invaluable for future manned space exploration or in sending bigger satellites into orbit. But what about the environmental impact?


Tonight's Geminid meteor shower will be visible from every country on earth. However, the impressiveness of the celestial display depends on a range of factors, including time, viewing strategies and location. Here are some tips for watching the Geminid Meteor Shower in Australia.


During November, the two brightest planets in our solar system engage in a cosmic dance, aligning very close to each other in the night sky. In certain parts of the world, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction is a stunning event for stargazers, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere we dont get to have a Luke-on-Tatooine-style moment with two celestial objects.


Earlier today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided fresh details on the company's plans to create a permanent, self-sustaining human on Mars. The key to the mission will be "reuseable" rocket technology which will help to keep costs down. If Musk can be believed, the first colonial cargo drop could occur within five years.

It all sounds incredibly impressive and exciting, doesn't it? But is any of it actually feasible, particularly within the ambitious timeframes given? Here's what three physics, astronomy and earth science experts have to say...

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Recently, my colleagues had a go at ranking the planets. But it was mostly incorrect. After extensively researching and writing about our solar neighbourhood, I feel I'm fairly qualified to take a stab at ranking these bad boys once and for all.