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Hot Jupiter! Astronomers discover giant planet with three shining suns

Tatooine's double sunset just got outshone. Astronomers studying a distant gas giant have found that the planet's star system contains not one, not two, but three stars.<p>The planet KELT-4Ab, described in the Astronomical Journal, could help shed light on the complex dynamics of these multi-star …

Moon and star Spica on March 24

People around the world will see a full-looking waning gibbous moon in the vicinity of this star, which is the brightest light in the constellation …

NASA Solar Probe Will Touch The Sun

In untold ways, humanity remains as clueless about our own star as it was a generation ago. But that should change soon after the projected July 2018 launch of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus (SPP) — a $1.5 billion spacecraft that will travel closer to its surface than any previous man-made object.<p>Nearly …

The Impact Site Of Apollo 16's Third Stage Booster Has Been Found On The Moon

Shortly after Apollo 16 blasted off from Florida in 1972, the Saturn V Booster was used as an experiment in and of itself, to measure seismic …

Will NASA Ever Send Astronauts To Pluto?

With its nitrogen-dominated atmosphere and water-rich icy surface, Pluto seems much more hospitable than even the most sanguine planetary scientists would have wagered a decade ago. But could it ever play host to an Antarctic-styled research station?<p>That is, as a base to routinely house …

In 20 million years, humans could watch Mars get its own Saturn-like ring

If the future pans out as Elon Musk imagines, some day humans on Mars could get to watch a spectacular phenomenon. Over the period of days or weeks—some 20 million years from now—they could see Mars’s gravity tear apart Phobos, its largest moon, and form the remaining fragments into a floating ring.<p>…

Astronomy

Google Street View comes to Petra

Users can view 30 historical sites around the country, including the dramatic landscape of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which lies just 150 miles south of Amman, the Jordanian capital.<p>The featured attractions were selected in collaboration with Queen Raina Al Abdullah of Jordan, …

Charlie Sheen's blackmail fears show HIV stigma is still a career-killer

I learned two important things from actor Charlie Sheen's revelation this week on the "Today" show that he's HIV positive: that he's just as skeezy as I thought and that more than 30 years after the height of the AIDS epidemic, there's still an astonishing amount of stigma attached to this …

Charlie Sheen

Scientists Reviewing Data From Spacecraft Make Find ‘Like Nothing We’ve Ever Seen Before’ on Saturn’s Moon

Scientists reviewing infrared data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft discovered a “monstrous” ice cloud on Saturn’s largest moon, the space agency announced Wednesday.<p>“When we looked at the infrared data, this ice cloud stood out like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Carrie Anderson of NASA’s Goddard …

Astronomy

Planet Jupiter: Facts About Its Size, Moons and Red Spot

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. Fittingly, it was named after the king of the gods in Roman mythology. In a similar manner, the …

We have the first confirmed footage of the mysterious space junk WT1190F burning up in Earth's atmosphere, and it's amazing

Earlier this morning a piece of space junk called WT1190F entered Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated. Here's some of the only confirmed footage of the spectacular event we've seen:<p>This footage was collected by a team of scientists working with SETI, the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, the …

Psychedelic space: Nasa reveals vibrant Pluto and more colourful images of the universe

On 12 November, Nasa released an image (above) to the public which depicted dwarf planet Pluto in an array of vibrant colours. The space agency …

El Niño 'is here, and it is huge,' as officials race to prep for winter

El Niño continues to gain strength in the Pacific Ocean, climate experts said, with unusually wet conditions expected to hit California between January and March -- and perhaps into May.<p>The latest forecast increased the urgency for both government agencies and property owners to prepare for …

Weather

Solar System's most distant object hints at hidden planet

Astronomers have found the most distant object ever observed in the Solar System. The lump of rock is 15.5bn km from the Sun, three times further …