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This Week's Night Sky: See Auroras and the Moon’s Great Wall

Starstruck<p>Grab a telescope and watch for the aurora borealis, which could dance across the sky Monday night.<p>As the first week of summer begins, two bright planets continue to converge at dusk and sky-watchers are on the lookout for a colorful light show.<p><b>Aurora Alert.</b> Sky-watchers in higher …

Astronomy

Team to investigate possibility of using directed energy propulsion for interstellar travel

A laser-powered wafer-thin spacecraft capable of reaching Alpha Centauri in 20 years may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it's not. And …

Don't fear falling into a black hole – you may live on as a hologram

In the movie Interstellar, the main character Cooper escapes from a black hole in time to see his daughter Murph in her final days. Some have argued …

Rosetta space mission extended, ESA announces

The European Space Agency has extended its Rosetta mission for nine months, the maximum possible duration until the craft will be running out of fuel and too far from the sun for solar panels to work effectively.<p>The mission, which began with a 2004 launch, will now last until September 2016 . For …

Comment on Earth’s weakening ‘magnetic shield’ could see life wiped out as skin cancer levels soar by Helen Parks

Actually; (I am not sure WHICH ‘prophecies’ you speak of) but actually the word ANTENNAE and “microphone” (maw) DO appear in the quatrains of …

NASA: "Black Holes are Dark Matter Concentrators"

"While we don't yet know what dark matter is, we do know it interacts with the rest of the universe through gravity, which means it must accumulate …

Astronomers find 'comet's tail' trailing Neptune-sized exoplanet

They call it "the Behemoth." Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that a red dwarf star is boiling off the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized exoplanet, causing it to form an enormous cloud that surrounds and trails the planet like a comet's tail.<p>The atmosphere, described in …

Astronomy

Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars

PASADENA, Calif. -- Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark …

Universe

NASA Confirms Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Asteroids to Prevent Doomsday – Guardian Liberty Voice

NASA has confirmed the possibility of using nuclear weapons against any stray asteroids to blow them up before they hit the Earth. The agency has …

Simone Weil on Science, Quantum Theory, and Our Spiritual Values

“When someone exposes himself as a slave in the market place, what wonder if he finds a master?”<p>Many decades before Rebecca Goldstein, one of the most compelling philosophers and scientific thinkers of our time, examined how Einstein and Gödel’s work on relativity rattled our understanding of …

NASA Working With National Nuclear Security Administration On Plan To Use Nukes On Doomsday Asteroid

If NASA has its way, the human race won't be going the way of the dinosaurs anytime soon.<p>The space agency is teaming up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to work on a planetary defense plan to deflect a potential doomsday asteroid so it doesn't strike Earth, according to The New …

These are the first color 'movies' of Pluto and its biggest moon

Back in April, NASA's New Horizons space probe snapped the first colored images of the dwarf planet Pluto.<p>On Monday, the space agency took it a step further, releasing two color "movies" that reveal the orbital dance between Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. The animation not only displays the …

Solar System