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May 03, 2015

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11:06 PM | Ceres Bright Spots’ Origins Still Unknown - New Imagery...
Ceres Bright Spots’ Origins Still Unknown - New Imagery Video Orbiting into the daylight side of the dwarf planet, NASA’s Dawn probe acquired new images of the bright spots that have grabbed scientists’ attention. Dawn will settle into near circular orbit during April 2015, then begin to gradually lower altitude for higher resolution views. Full Story: http://www.space.com/29154-dwarf-planet-ceres-mystery-spots-video.html By: Video From Space.
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3:32 PM | What Happens When A Meteor Strikes Earth? Most of the near earth...
What Happens When A Meteor Strikes Earth? Most of the near earth objects that approach Earth burn up in our atmosphere. What happens to the ones that don’t? Read More:Huge Tunguska Explosion Remains Mysterious 100 Years LaterNear Earth Objects & Impact Effects An analysis of the physical, chemical, optical, and historical impacts of the 1908 Tunguska meteor fallGetting a Handle on How Much Cosmic Dust Hits Earth By: DNews.

May 02, 2015

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10:43 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 01/05/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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10:43 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 01/05/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

May 01, 2015

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9:50 PM | First Direct Light From An Exoplanet Changes Game Exoplanet 51...
First Direct Light From An Exoplanet Changes Game Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, located ~50 light years away in Pegasus, was suspected in 1995 from the motion of its star. Now the HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory has detected the spectrum of that star’s visible light reflected off the planet. This technique is likely to reveal previously unattainable characteristics of many alien worlds. Planet 51 Pegasi b is informally known as Bellerophon. By: Video From Space.
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9:24 PM | Ask Ethan #86: The last light in the Universe (Synopsis)
“A single tiny light creates a space where darkness cannot exist. The light vanquishes the darkness. Try as it might, the darkness cannot conquer the light.” –Donald L. Hicks While it might seem like there are an endless supply of stars in the Universe, the process that powers each and every one requires fuel to…
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9:13 PM | Neil deGrasse Tyson explains solar flares Solar flares are a...
Neil deGrasse Tyson explains solar flares Solar flares are a rather common occurrence that, if strong enough, could cause a huge catastrophe on Earth by causing mass communication disruptions and power outages. Our favorite astrophysicist, and host of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains what a solar flare is and why we should all “chilax.” By: BI Science.
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8:04 PM | HATS-6b: Astronomers Discover Strange Saturn-like Exoplanet
An international group of astronomers from the United States, Australia, Chile, Germany, and Hungary, has discovered an extrasolar gas giant orbiting very close to a small cool star called HATS-6. HATS-6, also known as MASS 05523523-1901539, lies at a distance of 484 light-years from Earth. It is a 15th magnitude M-dwarf star, which is one [...]
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7:57 PM | How Big Is The Sun? Minute Physics provides an energetic and...
How Big Is The Sun? Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics – all in a minute! By: Minute Physics. Support at: https://www.patreon.com/minutephysics
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4:47 PM | Could There Be Planets Beyond Neptune? by scishow: Did you...
Could There Be Planets Beyond Neptune? by scishow: Did you grow up thinking there were nine planets in the solar system? You might have been right all along! Today we discuss the possibility of distant worlds in our solar […]
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4:10 PM | SciShow Kids: What Is the Milky Way? by scishow: Jessi and...
SciShow Kids: What Is the Milky Way? by scishow: Jessi and Squeaks explore our home galaxy, The Milky Way! SOURCES:http://www.science20.com/the_conversation/where_are_we_in_the_universe-144158http://stardate.org/astro-guide/btss/galaxies/milky_wayhttp://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/what-are-galaxies/http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEM536WJD1E_OurUniverse_0.html
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3:50 PM | Put Your Mom on a Mars Map
Help Fund Science Education and Research I’ve written many times about Uwingu, the group of people that fundraises for science education and research by selling names for craters on their Mars maps. The idea is simple: when Mars explorers step out onto the surface of the Red Planet sometime in the next couple of decades, they’ll [...]

April 30, 2015

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6:56 PM | “It Just Gets More Exciting from Here!”
Possible Pluto Features Sighted The news from the New Horizons mission just keeps getting better. The latest images, combined into an animation, show what might be a polar cap on the dwarf planet. It’s the best picture yet of this distant, tiny world. The good news is, as the spacecraft gets closer, the images are just going to [...]
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6:35 PM | ESO’s VLT Captures Pillars of Creation in 3D
Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have created a 3D map of the iconic Pillars of Creation. The three gigantic towers of gas and dust are part of the Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16. They are located in the constellation Serpens, approximately 6,500 light-years away, and consist of several [...]
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1:49 PM | NASA’s Most Recent Successes in the Search for Life-friendly Conditions on Mars
Intensive exploration of Mars by NASA spacecraft continues to pay tantalizing dividends in our quest for signs of liquid water, and the potentially life-friendly environments it could offer.
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4:46 AM | First Movies of Pluto (Not Much Detail, But Still Amazing to Have)
Scientists working with the New Horizons spacecraft, which is scheduled to reach Pluto in July, released the first ever long-distance movies of Pluto and its giant moon Charon today.Check them out at: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20150429 The spacecraft was between 69 and 64 million miles away from Pluto when the images were taken, still roughly 3/4 of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. So these movies are very crude compared to what we will have […]

April 29, 2015

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8:34 PM | New Hor-Eyes-On PlutoNASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, after a...
New Hor-Eyes-On PlutoNASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, after a journey of more than nine years, will make its closest fly-by of the mysterious dwarf planet Pluto early this summer. Just about 100 days to go! Today, NASA released this new movie of Pluto and its moon Charon stitched together from telescope images captured by the New Horizons craft. It shows what could be a bright polar cap (which would likely be nitrogen ice) and some significant color variation on its surface indicating […]
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7:21 PM | Science and Fandom at Denver StarFest
Fans Explore Hubble, Pluto and Beyond Every year I visit with the denizens of dozens of different worlds at the annual StarFest Entertainment Con in Denver (organized by Starland.com). These are the Star Trek and Star Wars citizens, along with Dr. Whovians, Middle Earthers, visitors from the many different flavors of anime and comic-dom, and others [...]
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6:00 PM | Video from Solar Dynamics Observatory wows museum visitors
Tucked in the shadow of the towering Skylab exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, there’s an inferno raging. Lucky for all of […] The post Video from Solar Dynamics Observatory wows museum visitors appeared first on Smithsonian Science News.
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3:23 PM | Water Vapor Could Have Been Abundant in Early Universe, Scientists Say
Water vapor could have been just as abundant in cosmic molecular clouds a billion years after the Big Bang as it is today, says a group of researchers led by Dr Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr Loeb and his colleagues examined the chemical reactions that could lead to the formation of [...]
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2:16 PM | Hubble moments: Robert Kirshner Robert Kirshner was part of the...
Hubble moments: Robert Kirshner Robert Kirshner was part of the supernova team that used Hubble to discover the accelerating expansion of the universe which led to a 2011 Nobel Prize for his students. Iin this Nature Video, Kirshner tells us his favourite Hubble moment: a particular supernova which sparked his imagination, 1987A. By: Nature Video.
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1:57 PM | Two New Super-Earth Exoplanets Discovered around Nearby Star HD 7924
A team of astronomers using three ground-based telescopes in the United States has discovered two super-Earths around a nearby star known as HD 7924. HD 7924 is a 7th magnitude K-dwarf star, with a radius of around 78 percent that of the Sun. It is located in the constellation Cassiopeia, roughly 54 light-years away. Astronomers [...]
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12:43 AM | Bring Deep Space Home (Synopsis)
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” –Carl Sagan For thousands of years, humanity has looked up at the night sky and wondered at what might be out there. For the first time in all of our history, we not only have the answers to what’s…

April 28, 2015

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9:40 PM | The International Astronomical Union has designated 20 celestial objects for public naming.
The International Astronomical Union has designated 20 celestial objects for public naming. The contest, called NameExoWorld, is the first opportunity for the public to give names to numbered stars and their planets. Learn more about the 20 objects here and submit your proposed names. The deadline is June 1, after which public voting begins. Good luck!Read more...
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8:53 PM | Astroquizzical: What happens to light when it hits the Sun? (Synopsis)
Over at Starts With A Bang, Jillian Scudder of Astroquizzical takes on a doozy of a question: If a photon of light escapes from a star, when it hits another star, does it get absorbed and have to complete another cycle before it can escape again? After all, it takes (on average) over 100,000 years…
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5:45 PM | Water may Have Been Abundant in First Billion Years after big bang
How soon after the Big Bang could water have existed? Not right away, because water molecules contain oxygen and oxygen had to be formed in […] The post Water may Have Been Abundant in First Billion Years after big bang appeared first on Smithsonian Science News.
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4:47 PM | All those Asteroids with Amy Mainzer How many asteroids has...
All those Asteroids with Amy Mainzer How many asteroids has NEOWISE discovered? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week’s Random Space Fact! By: The Planetary Society. Support at: https://secure.planetary.org/site/Donation2?1380.donation=form1&df_id=1380
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3:43 PM | Scientists Create 3D Map of Nearby Galaxy Superclusters
A team of scientists from Canada and France has produced a three-dimensional density map of galaxies that spans approximately 2 billion light-years. The lighter blue and white areas on the map represent greater concentrations of galaxies. The red area is the supercluster (cluster of groups of galaxies) called the Shapley Concentration, (Shapley Supercluster), the largest [...]
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2:16 PM | Venus: Crash Course Astronomy #14 by thecrashcourse: Venus is a...
Venus: Crash Course Astronomy #14 by thecrashcourse: Venus is a gorgeous naked-eye planet, hanging like a diamond in the twilight – but it’s beauty is best looked at from afar. Even though Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, due to a runaway greenhouse effect, and has the most volcanic activity in the solar system. Its north and south poles were flipped, causing it to rotate backwards and making for very strange days on this beautiful but […]
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1:56 PM | SN 2012ap: Astronomers Find ‘Missing Link’ in Supernova Family Tree
Supernova SN 2012ap is a ‘missing link’ between stellar explosions that generate gamma-ray bursts and those that don’t, says a group of astronomers led by Dr Den Milisavljevic of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. SN 2012ap is a so-called core-collapse supernova. It was first detected by the Lick Observatory Supernova Search with the 0.76-m Katzman [...]
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