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Hubble Space Telescope

MORE IMAGES This image shows Arp 230, also known as IC 51, observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Arp 230 is a galaxy of an uncommon or peculiar shape, and is therefore part of the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies produced by Halton Arp. Its irregular shape is thought to be the result of a […]

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Visit The Cosmic Pillars of Creation, Again

By Carolyn Collins Petersen Space/Astronomy Expert Do you remember the first time you saw the “Pillars of Creation”? This cosmic object and the ghostly images of it that showed up in January 1995, made by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope, captured people’s imaginations with their beauty. The PIllars are part of a a starbirth […]

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Visit a Dark Nebula

By Carolyn Collins Petersen Space/Astronomy Expert As astronomers study the sky, they occasionally run across a patch of space where the stars simply seem to disappear from view. What’s happening in these places? Back in the early days of astronomy, they had no way of finding out the true nature of these pits of darkness.  Now, with […]

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Discover the Planet Venus, the Earth’s Sister

By John P. Millis, Ph.D Space/Astronomy Expert The planet Venus, named for the roman goddess of love, is often referred to as Earth’s Twin or Earth’s Sister. But, Venus does not bare much of a visual resemblance to Earth, so why is it called Earth’s sister? From a strictly physical perspective Venus is roughly the […]

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The New Solar System Planets and Moons and Comets and Asteroids and Rings, Oh My!

By Carolyn Collins Petersen Space/Astronomy Expert Remember back in grade school when you learned the planets of our solar system? The hint many people used was “My Very Excellent Mom Just Served us Nine Pizzas”, for Mercury, Venus, Earth,Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus,Neptune, and Pluto. Today, with only eight planets, we say “My Very Excellent Mom […]

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NASA Discovers a New Planet In Our Solar System

By Nick Greene Space/Astronomy Expert Planet X <b>Date: 09/12/2005</b> <p> Literally Planet X, especially if you use Roman numerals, NASA scientists have discovered a 10th planet in our solar system. The planet, larger than Pluto, was discovered using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif. The discovery was announced today by […]

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Close encounter with distant Pluto getting under way

By Amanda Barnett, CNN (CNN)NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world. “The pictures are what we’re all waiting for,” Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, told CNN. Up until now, […]

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Curiosity Mars Rover’s Approach to ‘Pahrump Hills’

This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the “Pahrump Hills” outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop. The component images were acquired on Sept. 17, 2014, during the 751st Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars. […]

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Helicopter Could Be ‘Scout’ for Mars Rovers

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory A proposed helicopter could triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day and help pinpoint interesting targets for study.  › Play video Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, […]

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‘Worst passwords’ list is full of embarrassing options

By Jenn Gidman Published January 22, 2015 Newser If your computer blares “WEAK!” whenever you try to come up with a new password, your “secret” code may be an honoree on this year’s “Worst Passwords” list. Using 3.3 million leaked passwords from mostly North American and Western European users, SplashData has released a list of […]

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Mutant AK-47s, long guns, take center stage at SHOT Show

By Allison Barrie Published January 22, 2015 FoxNews.com Rifles always feature big at SHOT, the world’s largest gun show, and this year is no exception. Nearly 70,000 people have convened in Las Vegas for the 37th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), with more than 1,600 exhibitors from all 50 states showcasing their […]

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Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26

NEWS | JANUARY 13, 2015 An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest […]

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Three Gorges Dam Breaks Hydropower Record

JAN 3, 2015 10:00 AM ET // BY AFP    China’s Three Gorges dam has broken the world record for annual hydroelectric power production, more than a decade after it became the world’s largest power plant, its operator said. The Yangtze river power station generated 98.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014, the Three Gorges […]

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