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Hydrogen Bridge Is 20 Times Longer Than The Milky Way

A bridge of gas more than 20 times bigger than the Milky Way has been discovered linking distant galaxies, possibly after a catastrophic collision or near miss.<p>The cloud of atomic hydrogen is the largest known, massing more than all the gas in our own and the Andromeda galaxies combined. It amounts …

This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

Astronomy

Vintage ISEE-3 satellite makes long-awaited flyby on Sunday

ISEE-3, the vintage satellite that was retired by<p>NASAand reactivated by a private group of scientists and engineers, will make an historic swing past the moon on Sunday as part of its long journey around the sun.<p>The lunar flyby will occur on Aug. 10 at 11:16 a.m. PDT, at which time members of …

Catch the Extra-Supermoon This Weekend

Changing Planet<p><b>Sky-watchers gazing at the full moon rising on the evening of Sunday, August 10, will be treated to the largest and brightest full moon of the year—also known as an extra-supermoon.</b><p>This lunar show will be the second act in a trio of supermoons that are gracing our skies this …

Google Lets You Watch Live Data From NASA's Long Lost Satellite

NASA's ISEE-3 was launched in 1977 and sent data home for 20 years. Recently, NASA discovered the abandoned satellite is still transmitting data, and …

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

APOD: A Perseid Below (2014 Aug 10)<br>Image Credit: Ron Garan, ISS Expedition 28 Crew, NASA <br>http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140810.html<p>Explanation: Denizens …

A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

This year's Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. This summer, …

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

Astronomy

Perseids meteor shower and supermoon offer divine heavenly show

Astronomers and amateur skywatchers excited as perigee moon and comet Swift-Tuttle appear together for dazzling skies<p>Supermoon lights up skies around the world – in pictures Share your pictures of the supermoon with GuardianWitness<p>A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor …

Biggest supermoon of the summer rises this weekend

Hey there sky watchers, it's<p>supermoontime!<p>This Sunday, when the full moon rises in the night sky, it will appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon. That's because the moon will turn full within the same hour that it is closest to us in its orbit around the Earth.<p>As you may …

Starwatch: Perseid meteors and Cepheid variable stars

The annual Perseids meteor shower is building to its peak in the middle of the night of the 12th to 13th, but has to battle against bright moonlight this year so that we notice only its brightest meteors. By way of compensation, the two brightest planets are about to converge in our predawn …

Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

We've already had one "supermoon" this summer and there's another one due next month, but the one you might see Sunday night has astronomy fans running out of lunar superlatives. <i>National Geographic</i> is calling it an "extra-supermoon."<p>As NatGeo explains:<p>"Thanks to coincidental timing of the moon …

Gas Cloud Wrapped in Dark Matter Is Like a Speeding Cosmic Burrito

Wrapped in dark matter, an object known as the Smith Cloud is hurtling toward the Milky Way at more than 150 miles per second. Now 8,000 light-years away, the gassy clump of hydrogen is expected to smash into the galaxy in about 30 million years.<p>But that won’t be the first time this blob of gas has …

New Mars Rover Will Have Lasers, X-Ray Vision, And More

Curiosity is about to get a kick-butt little brother<p>The Curiosity rover (or Mars Science Laboratory, as NASA wonks call it) has been an immensely successful mission so far. Though it landed on Mars less than two years ago, the SUV-sized rover has detected evidence that the Red Planet was once warm …

Mars Rover

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter story: Could it see the big screen?

J.K. Rowling sent shock waves through muggledom and the wizarding world alike Tuesday when she published a new short story catching up with an adult Harry Potter on her Pottermore website.<p>In addition to filling in some details about Potter's life in his 30s — his hair streaked with silver, sporting …

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the economy is arguably bigger than ever -- and certainly more hotly debated. Here are Salon's choices …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

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10 Simple Hacks For Packing A Suitcase

Packing for a long trip can be problematic: you don't want to bring along too much and have to lug around a heavy bag, but you also don't want to pack too little and end up forgetting a crucial item.<p>Here are 10 tips to make packing easy.<p>1. Roll clothing up and then use air-compression plastic bags …

Clothing

Massive Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Today... But Don't Panic

NASA has reported that a shockwave from a massive solar flare will hit the Earth on Friday -- possibly knocking out communications and causing …

Watch as ‘the Beast’ Asteroid Sails Past Earth This Week

Changing Planet<p><b>A giant asteroid will silently glide by Earth this week, a stark reminder of cosmic dangers lurking nearby.</b><p>Measuring about 1,067 feet (325 meters) wide, the space intruder nicknamed “the Beast,” more formally known as HQ124, has an estimated width equal to an aircraft carrier …

Godzilla Earth Found — and You Don't Want to Live There

Before they started finding exoplanets back in the 1990s, astronomers thought alien worlds would be pretty much like the planets you see in our own …

Universe

5 Sky Events This Week: Rare Celestial Shadow Dance and Leo Paws at the Moon

Changing Planet<p><b>Hunt down a comet, chase Jupiter’s moons, and watch Earth’s moon cozy up to some of the night sky’s brightest planets and stars.</b><p><b>Comet Visitor</b>. After nightfall on Monday, June 2, and for the next few nights, the comet PanSTARRS (C/2012 K1) can easily be spotted through small backyard …

Two planets destined to die as their star expands

You know how our sun will someday swell to a red giant, swallowing the planets Mercury and Venus? These two distant exoplanets will suffer a similar …

Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World

Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size. This discovery has planet …

Astronomy

Mars Efforts Ramp Up

Watch out, red planet—humanity is coming for you. Two major efforts to land humans on Mars have just announced big developments: Nonprofit Mars One has partnered with a major media company to broadcast its astronaut selection process in 2015, while the National Aeronautics and Space Administration …

Space Science

Tropical Cyclone Hellen crushing parts of Madagascar

Meteorologists said Hellen was likely to be “one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever seen over the northern channel [of the southwestern …

Plugging the hole in Hawking's black hole theory

(Phys.org) —Recently physicists have been poking holes again in Stephen Hawking's black hole theory – including Hawking himself. For decades …