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How To Crowdsource Astronomy Without People Messing It Up

Maybe it's because Jurassic Park is in theaters again, but we at Universe Today sometimes worry about how one person can mess up an otherwise technologically amazing system. It took just one nefarious employee to shut down the dinosaur park's security fences in the movie and cause havoc. How do we …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Volcanoes on early Mars likely kept it toasty

<b>BROWN (US) —</b>When giant volcanoes were active early in Mars’ history, the planet may have released enough methane to keep the planet significantly …

Geology

More great images in celebration of International Dark Sky Week

International Dark Sky Week is happening right now (April 5-11) . To celebrate, enjoy these fantastic pics – they make us say WOW. And post your …

Poop in space revisited: Apollo 10's floating turds pop up 44 years later

Bathroom rituals in outer space are a perennial favorite, particularly when they go wrong — as evidenced by the latest wave of hilarity over the runaway poop that prompted rude remarks during the Apollo 10 round-the-moon mission in 1969.<p>A 500-page-plus transcript of the declassified mission log …

Commander Takes a Time Out to Talk with Canadian Students

Written in the stars: How an alien planet helped a man woo his true love

Zeb Gray thought naming an exoplanet after his girlfriend would be the perfect tribute to "the eternal love that we share for each other" — and whether or not the name sticks, the decision arguably changed his life. On Friday, Gray asked Amara Somers to marry him, and she said yes.<p>Did the fact that …

Fusion rocket researchers envision 30-day trip to Mars

Will rockets powered by fusion eventually make interplanetary travel commonplace?<p>Human travel to another planet is a long-held dream. But, even in …