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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield holds up two objects that look like grenades as part of an April Fools' Day prank. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield ) April 1, 2013. ( They're actual air sampling devices.) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield holds up two objects that look like grenades as part of an April Fools' Day prank. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield ) April 1, 2013. ( They're actual air sampling devices.) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Happy April Fool's Day from APOD. Suiting Up for the Moon: Robert Nemiroff (Michigan Tech. U.): How will cows survive on the Moon? Lunar Grazing Module (LGM), a multi-purpose celestial bovine containment system.

Happy April Fool's Day from APOD. Suiting Up for the Moon: Robert Nemiroff (Michigan Tech. U.): How will cows survive on the Moon? Lunar Grazing Module (LGM), a multi-purpose celestial bovine containment system.

Sir Patrick Moore (1923 - 2012). British astronomer, broadcaster and writer. Many astronomers - professional and amateur alike - credit Moore with getting them interested in astronomy. His 1987 April Fool about the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect was a classic, and mocked a popular disaster book of the time. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Sir Patrick Moore (1923 - 2012). British astronomer, broadcaster and writer. Many astronomers - professional and amateur alike - credit Moore with getting them interested in astronomy. His 1987 April Fool about the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect was a classic, and mocked a popular disaster book of the time. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Multiple frame picture of a meteoroid falling? Taken from the helmet camera of a Norwegian skydiver who was narrowly missed by the rock. Coming so close to April 1st, it sounds like a slightly belated April Fool. Experts examined video footage and said it was consistent with a meteoroid. But later it looked more likely that it was a piece of gravel in the parachute. (Credit & copyright: Anders Helstrup) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Multiple frame picture of a meteoroid falling? Taken from the helmet camera of a Norwegian skydiver who was narrowly missed by the rock. Coming so close to April 1st, it sounds like a slightly belated April Fool. Experts examined video footage and said it was consistent with a meteoroid. But later it looked more likely that it was a piece of gravel in the parachute. (Credit & copyright: Anders Helstrup) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Chris Hadfield's grand April Fools' Day finale shows him posing with an alien that just stopped by the station to say hi.

Chris Hadfield's grand April Fools' Day finale shows him posing with an alien that just stopped by the station to say hi.

April Fool in space, 2010. The three-man crew of the International Space Station got a laugh from Mission Control with a photo of themselves spacewalking wearing not space suits, but slacks, T-shirts and sunglasses. (Hope they remembered the sunblock!) They were cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and astronauts Timothy Creamer (USA) & Soichi Noguchi (Japan). Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

April Fool in space, 2010. The three-man crew of the International Space Station got a laugh from Mission Control with a photo of themselves spacewalking wearing not space suits, but slacks, T-shirts and sunglasses. (Hope they remembered the sunblock!) They were cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and astronauts Timothy Creamer (USA) & Soichi Noguchi (Japan). Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

A New Constellation. April 1, 2003 [Credit: Hugo E. Schwarz (CTIO), NOAO] APOD reported that a new constellation was surprising star gazers. "Ollie the Owl has suddenly started dominating the southern hemisphere.” The bird perching on the Tololo All Sky Camera, which would have been funnier if the bird hadn't scratched the plastic dome. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

A New Constellation. April 1, 2003 [Credit: Hugo E. Schwarz (CTIO), NOAO] APOD reported that a new constellation was surprising star gazers. "Ollie the Owl has suddenly started dominating the southern hemisphere.” The bird perching on the Tololo All Sky Camera, which would have been funnier if the bird hadn't scratched the plastic dome. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

On April 1, 2004 Children's BBC announced that astronomers had decided to rename the planets in the Solar System after characters from the Lord of the Rings. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

On April 1, 2004 Children's BBC announced that astronomers had decided to rename the planets in the Solar System after characters from the Lord of the Rings. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

185 million and 20 years to prove life/water on #Mars, I don't think so. A buck fifty and 2 seconds, there ya go. Now where's my Nobel Prize?

185 million and 20 years to prove life/water on #Mars, I don't think so. A buck fifty and 2 seconds, there ya go. Now where's my Nobel Prize?

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