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2016 September 5 - Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula

<b>Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Roger N. Clark<p><b>Explanation:</b> What is this meteor doing? Dynamically, the unusually …

Solar storm sets off summer aurora over high latitudes

Astronomy blog<p>PHOTOS: Solar storm sets off summer aurora over high latitudes<p>10/24/2016, 1:59:53 PM<p>Share this article:<p>This astronomy blog was written …

Stargazers across South Africa treated to spectacular annular solar eclipse

People across South Africa enjoyed a wonderful display early this morning as an annular solar eclipse could be clearly seen in the early morning sky.<p>Also known as a Ring of Fire eclipse, the phenomenon features a near perfect alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun. Unlike a full eclipse, the smaller …

Amazing New Photos of Jupiter Captured By NASA

The detailed pictures taken by Juno look "like nothing we have seen or imagined before."<p>A NASA spacecraft has captured the best views of Jupiter yet, revealing turbulent storms in the north pole.<p>Jupiter's northern polar region is stormier than expected and appears bluer than the rest of the planet, …

Hubble sees spiral bridge of young stars between two ancient galaxies

Like a string of pearls, these young, blue "super star clusters" are evenly spaced along the chain at separations of 3,000 light-years from one …

Image of the Day: New Supernova Explosion --Origin of Stardust in the Universe?

The origin of cosmic dust in galaxies is still a mystery. Cosmic dust consists of silicate and amorphous carbon grains — minerals also abundant on …

2016 September 3 - Reunion Island Eclipse

<b>Reunion Island Eclipse</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Stephane Moser<p><b>Explanation:</b> The New Moon's dark shadow crossed planet Earth on September 1. In …

Night Sky - September 2016: Antares, the return of Venus, and a Harvest Moon

During early evening at the start of September, Mars, Saturn and red supergiant star Antares form an attractive celestial triangle low in the south-southwest.<p>As humans gazing up at the cosmos we cannot individually perceive depth and see the night sky as two-dimensional. In reality the distances …

Nasa's Osiris-Rex probe set to attempt 'smash-and-grab' on speeding asteroid

With the third New Frontiers missions, Nasa hope to capture material from the speeding asteroid Bennu and bring it safely to Earth for research and analysis<p>At Cape Canaveral air force station on the Florida coast stands an Atlas V rocket bearing the Osiris-Rex probe, Nasa’s first hope to …

With our planet at the crossroads, the future of conservation depends on science

This week, conservation takes center stage as 6,000 global experts dive deep into the issues that will define the physical future of our planet. And …

World Wildlife Fund

MAP: Where Will Animals Migrate as Climate Changes?

The visualization is stunning, but also hopeful. It shows that despite the challenges of climate change and increased urbanization, there are still …

Ecology

NASA Approves 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

NASA is moving forward with a spring 2018 launch of its InSight mission to study the deep interior of Mars, following final approval this week by the …

Ask Ethan: When Will The Sun Make Earth Uninhabitable?

We’ve had a pretty good run on Earth so far. Since our Sun first formed some 4.5 billion years ago, our proto-Earth formed in the inner Solar System, an early collision created the Moon/Earth system we know today, and a combination of initial conditions and the late-heavy bombardment gave rise to …

Waiting For The Next Sunspot Cycle: 2019-2030

Forecasters are already starting to make predictions for what might be in store as our sun winds down its current sunspot cycle in a few years. Are we in for a very intense cycle of solar activity, or the beginning of a century-long absence of sunspots and a rise in colder climates?<p>Figure showing …

Watch Solar Wind Pour Off the Sun

New images of the edge of the Sun show the origin of solar wind.<p>In 1958, the astrophysicist Eugene Parker discovered something incredible: our Sun was constantly producing a strong stream of ionized gas, known more colloquially as the solar wind.<p>Parker's discovery forever changed the way physicists …

Astronomy

Ghostly sounds of ‘crazy’ Jupiter beamed back to Earth

Turbulent planet described as ‘biggest, baddest, most dangerous place’ in solar system<p>Sat, Sep 3, 2016, 10:05<p>An image provided by Nasa shows …

Astronomy

The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space

Enough argument. It's time to actually test this crazy thing.<p>The EmDrive, a hypothetical miracle propulsion system for outer space, has been sparking heated arguments for years. Now, Guido Fetta plans to settle the argument about reactionless space drives for once and for all by sending one into …

NASA found a mysterious ice volcano that's half the size of Mt. Everest on this former planet

In the 1800s, Ceres was a small planet with big dreams.<p>But that all changed later that century when scientists realized that there were huge differences between planets and the newly minted classification of "asteroids." After five decades of planetdom, Ceres was demoted to lowly asteroid.<p>If Ceres …

The hunt for Planet Nine reveals some strange, far-out objects

Astronomers hunting for Planet Nine have found some 50 new objects lying beyond the orbit of Neptune – including a few that may help them track down this elusive, distant world.<p>The new discoveries, described in a paper accepted to the Astronomical Journal, mark another step toward finding this …

A Teen Might Pick The Landing Site For NASA's Next Mars Rover

NASA's next Mars rover mission doesn't launch until 2020, but the process of picking a landing site is already underway. Right now, one of the leading suggestions comes from a teenager who hasn't yet finished high school.<p>Alex Longo, of Raleigh, N.C., has been a fan of space exploration for almost …

How a Solo Cup and an Air Filter Became an Asteroid Collection Tool

Channeling his inner MacGyver, one engineer developed the innovative tool the OSIRIS-REx mission relies on.<p>Get hype, space nerds. We are just days away from what could be the most exciting launch this year. On September 8, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will embark on a seven year mission to do what no …

Space

To Mars and beyond: Mae Jemison talks the red planet, and life outside of Earth

In the 55 years of space travel, fewer than 550 people have journeyed out of earth's orbit. Mae Jemison is one of them.<p>More than 20 years ago, …

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Science Marvels: A Goldilocks Planet? Mass extinctions. Prognostication!

Sitting in at the symposium of NASA's Innovative & Advanced Concepts program (I am on the NIAC advisory council) we all gathered round for the …

Glut of papers confirms: we really don’t understand Ceres

The dwarf planet has strange features, and we're struggling to explain them all.<p>On Thursday, <i>Science</i> released a half-dozen papers that analyzed data …

Looking for aliens on ocean worlds: 'You'd be in denial to believe there isn't life out there'

The blue water of Buzzards Bay glittered as boats bobbed on the gently undulating surface and gulls swooped among their sails. The seaside air at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was thick with the sweet smell of grass and the tang of saltwater. This was late summer on Cape Cod - our ocean …

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What Would Life Be Like on a Planet Orbiting a Red Dwarf?

Whatever it is, it might be the most common life around.<p>When searching for life elsewhere in the universe, it’s a natural inclination to go looking …

Universe

The ambitious plan to make India the new center of the experimental physics world

In 2016, a week after scientists in the US clinked champagne glasses to celebrate the monumental discovery of gravitational waves in February, an Indian physicist slowly paced across his office in Bangalore, sitting at his desk then standing back, bouncing around with nervous energy. Bala Iyer’s …

India