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The Sky This Week from September 13 to 22

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 04:00
The Harvest Moon coincides with Friday the 13th this year, but the nearly Full Moon will dominate the evening sky for the next several days.
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Hubble sheds new light on lives of star clusters

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 04:00
A new look at the Large Magellanic Cloud is helping astronomers better understand how groups of stars evolve.
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Astronomers may have just discovered an interstellar comet visiting our solar system

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers are increasingly confident that a newly discovered comet is a visitor from another solar system, making it the second known interstellar object.
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Giant bubbles spotted rushing out from Milky Way’s center

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers have just discovered two giant radio bubbles blowing out from the Milky Way's galactic center.
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Water found in habitable super-Earth's atmosphere for first time

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 04:00
Orbiting around a relatively docile red dwarf star, the exoplanet is "the best candidate for habitability that we know right now."
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Explosions may have formed lakes on Saturn's moon Titan

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 04:00
Climate change on Saturn's moon Titan may have caused liquid nitrogen pockets to explode, forming craters that filled with liquid hydrocarbons.
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Astronauts mix cement on ISS, pave way for future space colonies

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 04:00
By successfully mixing cement in space for the first time, researchers have taken a small step toward building structures on other worlds, such as the Moon and Mars.

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Get outside and see Neptune at its best

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 04:00

The ice giant world reaches peak visibility in September. 

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How an underwater mission helps NASA prep for Moon life

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 04:00

A recent NASA mission sent aquanauts underwater for nine days to replicate what life might be like on a lunar colony. 

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India still trying to contact its lost Moon lander

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 04:00

The Virkam lander lost contact with Earth just as it neared touchdown on the moon

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Astronomers can't agree on galaxies without dark matter

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 04:00

The discovery of two ghostly galaxies devoid of dark matter created quite a stir in the astronomical community. But the jury's still out on what's really going on.

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The Sky This Week from September 6 to 15

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 04:00
While Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility early this week, the Harvest Moon dominates the evening sky later in the week.
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Watch Live: India prepares for their first Moon landing

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 04:00

India could be the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface.

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If we find alien life, can we avoid harming it?

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 04:00

Extraterrestrial microbes might need protection from humans trying to learn about them. And although some outlines already exist, we still have many ethical details to flesh out.

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NASA wants school kids to name Mars 2020 rover

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 04:00
Through November 1, students can submit their ideas for naming the Red Planet rover currently known as Mars 2020.
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Cosmic collision may reveal how giant stars form

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 04:00
New observations could help explain how giant stars are formed, a process that still puzzles astronomers.
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These might be the spacesuits astronauts wear on Mars

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 04:00
The Astro and Sol suits are designed to be more movable and configurable than current designs.
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Helicopter added to Mars 2020 rover

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 04:00
New technology additions are bringing the rover closer to its launch in less than a year.
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The Sky This Week from August 30 to September 8

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 04:00
The waxing Moon passes both Jupiter and Saturn in this week’s evening sky, while Neptune has its own close encounter with a 4th-magnitude star.
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Changes in Earth's orbit likely kick-started one of the hottest periods in history

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 04:00
During the so-called PETM period 55 million years ago, tropical conditions prevailed far beyond the equator and ice caps vanished from Earth's poles.
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