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Opportunity to see Venus in daytime on October 7 and 8

October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.<p>Have you ever seen the moon in a …

After proving Mars was once habitable, NASA’s next rover will search for what lived there

NASA’s next Mars rover will likely look very similar to Curiosity — the rover that landed on Mars last year and found that the red planet once had …

APOD: Dusty Nebulae in Taurus (2013 Jul 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Bob Franke http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130711.html Explanation: This complex of dusty nebulae linger along the edge of the Taurus molecular cloud, a mere 450 light-years distant. Stars are forming on the cosmic scene, including extremely youthful star RY Tauri prominent toward the upper left of the 1.5 degree wide telescopic field. In fact RY Tauri is a pre-main sequence star, embedded in its natal cloud of gas and dust, also cataloged as reflection nebula vdB 27. Highly variable, the star is still relatively cool and in the late phases of gravitational collapse. It will soon become a stable, low mass, main sequence star, a stage of stellar evolution achieved by our Sun some 4.5 billion years ago. Another pre-main sequence star, V1023 Tauri, can be spotted below and right, embedded in its yellowish dust cloud adjacent to the striking blue reflection nebula Ced 30. http://bf-astro.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130711 #APOD

As the sun moves through space …

The IBEX spacecraft has now mapped the structure of our solar system’s comet-like tail. Photos in this post can help you picture how our sun carries …

Hubble telescope discovers alien 'deep blue' planet

The heavens are home to an alien world that shines a deep cobalt blue in a solar system far, far away from our own.<p>Astronomers used the ageing Hubble …

Nokia Introduces The 41-Megapixel Lumia 1020, Due For U.S. Soil

An embarrassment of pixels.<p>At an announcement today, Nokia announced its newest, fanciest, yellowest smartphone to date: the Lumia 1020. Nokia makes great hardware, some of the best the Windows Phone platform has to offer, so we pay attention whenever they've got new toys to show us. And we pay <i>more</i> …

The X-47B Autonomous Warplane Lands On Aircraft Carrier

Yesterday, a robot made history. The X-47B, an experimental drone that flies itself, landed on the aircraft carrier U.S.S George H.W. Bush. Why is that a big deal? Because landing on an aircraft carrier is hard. Both the jet and the ship move fast, and a ship is a tiny spot for pilots to aim for …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsThe Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature<p>Author: Natalie WolchoverNatalie Wolchover<p>TotalityHow to Watch Friday’s Super-Long …

Big Pic: A Monster Waterspout Spins Over Florida

The water tornado touched down in Tampa Bay this week, and some brave soul got video.<p>Waterspouts, for the unfamiliar, are basically water-tornados, often weaker than land tornados but still <i>completely terrifying</i>. As is the case with this waterspout, which hit Tampa Bay, Fla., on Tuesday.<p>The spouts …

Watch This Untrippable Robot Strut Its Stuff

Boston Dynamics' latest 'bot doesn't fall down easily.<p>Boston Dynamics, makers of some of the coolest, most terrifying robots around, have already showed off prototypes of their humanoid Atlas robot, but we haven't quite seen it in action like this.<p>Look at them hit it with that wrecking ball thing! …