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April guide to the bright planets

April finds Venus blazing away in the west at evening twilight, and Jupiter rising at mid-to-late evening. After the Mars and Saturn conjunction on …

Astronomy

M5, your new favorite globular cluster

Sure, M13, the Great Hercules cluster is wonderful. But some amateur astronomers say this cluster, M5, is even better.<p>Even with the best of viewing …

Astronomy

A full, yellow 'honey moon' will rise tonight: A must-see

There's an especially cool "honey moon" rising tonight and you don't want to miss it.<p>Fortunately, spotting it is easy.<p>All you need to do is look up toward the sky sometime after sunset. And if you look at exactly 9:11 p.m. PDT, you can have the satisfaction of seeing the honey moon at its very …

Found! Hidden Ocean Locked Up Deep in Earth's Mantle

Deep within the Earth's rocky mantle lies oceans' worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research shows.<p>The results of …

Mars or bust, says new report on NASA human space exploration

If<p>NASAis to make great strides in its human spaceflight program, it needs to go big or go home -- and get to the Martian surface, says a new congressionally mandated report.<p>But the 285-page report from the National Research Council goes on to say the agency won't succeed unless it does so in a …

Found! Oldest Known Alien Planet That Might Support Life

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be the oldest known alien world that could be capable of supporting life, and it's just a stone's throw away from Earth.<p>The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies a mere 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. …

Universe
Solar System