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Probe wakes up to prep for Pluto flyby

NASA’s first Pluto probe roused itself from its final nap right on schedule, almost ready after a voyage of nearly nine years and 3 billion miles for …

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist

A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years<p>A mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with the Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.<p>Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, …

Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Water On Mars

Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>A geological question about Mars may have been solved. It involves how a three-mile-high mountain formed in the middle of a 96-mile-wide …

Astronomers Spy Monster Star Merger on the Move

A coming collision could let astronomers peek at the birth of a jumbo star.<p>Twin monster stars are merging, astronomers report, in a confirmation of a long-held theory on how supermassive stars are born.<p>A Spanish astronomy team reports the eclipsing binary star system, known as MY Camelopardalis (MY …

APOD: The Reddening of M71 (2014 Dec 10) Image Credit & Copyright: Bob Franke http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141210.html Explanation: Now known to be a globular star cluster at the tender age of 10 billion years, M71 is a mere 13,000 light-years away within the narrow boundaries of the faint constellation Sagitta. Close to the plane of the Milky Way galaxy in planet Earth's sky, its 10,000 or so member stars are gathered into a region about 27 light-years across near the center of this color composite view. In fact, the line-of-sight to M71 passes along the galactic plane through much intervening diffuse interstellar dust. The dust dims starlight and scatters blue light more efficiently, masking the brightness of M71's stars and shifting true star colors toward the red. How much are the star colors shifted? Slide your cursor over the image (or follow this link) to use an estimate of the dust reddening or galactic extinction to correct the star colors in M71. Corrections to the brightness and colors of M71 member stars are needed to measure the cluster's distance and age using a Color-Magnitude diagram. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1412/m71FrankeNoExt.jpg http://bf-astro.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141210 #APOD

Colonize A Hyper-Detailed Universe In Virtual Reality

'Elite: Dangerous' is almost too immersive for the goggles it's played on<p>Anyone who's tried on a consumer virtual reality headset in the last two decades knows how far short that technology has fallen from its promise. A good VR device should track head motion and alter the images relayed to each …