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Want to Have a Planet Named After You? - Out There

By Corey S. Powell | April 18, 2013 11:32 am<p>Or perhaps you would like to name it “Tatooine” or “Wrigley’s Pleasure Planet”? If so, you are in …

NASA Will Join Japan And Italy On Mission To Mercury

A third trip so close to the sun<p>The U.S. is joining Italy and Japan on a trip to Mercury. Once there, the joint mission will determine the makeup and history of a planet that's been difficult to study because of its proximity to the sun.<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Rome last week and …

Landing on asteroids could cause a zero-gravity avalanche

Asteroids may not be as stable as scientists thought. A recent experiment shows that the force from a landing spacecraft might easily cause an avalanche or something resembling an extraterrestrial mudslide, as a result of shifts in the dust on the asteroid's granular surface.<p>Researchers compare the …

10 years after launch, Opportunity rover hits new Martian milestone

This view, captured on July 2 by the Opportunity rover's hazard-avoidance camera, shows the Martian terrain that the rover is crossing in a flat area called Botany Bay, on the way toward Solander Point, which is visible on the horizon.<p>On the 10th anniversary of its launch, NASA's Opportunity rover …

Hubble finds new moon around Neptune that Voyager missed!

In 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft was carrying out a survey of Neptune's moons and rings but inexplicably zipped by the planet without registering what would turn out to be truly big news. That finding would have to wait until earlier this month when Mark Showalter, an astronomer at the SETI …

Astronomy

Starwatch: What's the dark matter?

If we could look back at our Milky Way galaxy from deep space then we might view something very like this Hubble image of the galaxy NGC 5754. Both are barred spiral galaxies in which the spiral arms unwind from the ends of a central bar of stars and gas. NGC 5754 lies some 200 million light years …

A new year every four hours? It’s possible with exoplanets

An artist's conception shows a hot, Earth-sized planet in a close orbit around its sun.<p>Astronomers have detected a scorching-hot planet that zooms around its alien sun in just eight and a half hours. And if you think <i>that's</i> something, wait until you hear about the iron planet that spins through a …

New star explosion in night sky can be seen with naked eye

Photographer Justin Ng photographed Nova Delphinus 2013 on August 18, 2013. He is based in Singapore.<p>Stargazers are thrilled over the surprise appearance of a star explosion, known as a nova, in the night sky last week, but there is more to this cosmic event than meets the eye.<p>The new Nova …

Astronomy

One-way Mars trip attracts 165,000 would-be astronauts … and counting

The Dutch-based Mars One venture says more than 165,000 people around the world have voiced interest in a one-way trip to the Red Planet — and there's still more than a week left for more would-be astronauts to join in.<p>"The response to the first round of the astronaut selection program has been …

Space Science

NASA reveals how its plan to capture an asteroid and harvest a piece would work

Since the start of this year, NASA's been talking about the idea of capturing an asteroid and bringing it into orbit near the Earth, where astronauts can visit it and take home a sample. The US space agency isn't kidding around, either, already beginning plans to complete the mission by 2025. But …

Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

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New Research Affirms That Milky Way Has Four Spiral Arms

Our Milky Way galaxy has four arms instead of two, according to just published results of a 12-year study by scientists in the U.K.<p>The findings, published in the <i>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</i>, affirm what astronomers surmised in the 1950s but began to doubt in 2008 after seeing …

Gaia space telescope launches on mission to map the Milky Way

The Gaia space telescope blasted off into clear skies over South America on Thursday morning on an ambitious mission to map one billion stars in the Milky Way.<p>Engineers and scientists on the £625m mission celebrated a perfect launch from the European Space Agency's facility in Kourou, French Guiana …

Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

Reactivated NASA asteroid-hunting probe takes first photos in 2.5 years

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its "eyes" after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image of a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces is among the first taken by the revived spacecraft's infrared cameras, and shows …

Tonight You Can See Saturn Next to the Moon

On the evening of May 13, as the moon (just one night from full phase) rises in the east-southeast sky, it will be accompanied by a very bright …