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January 24, 2013

Sun Launches a Beautiful Arc of Plasma

We are currently experiencing a very exciting time in the 11-year cycle of our sun and there’s no better better way of observing the twisted magnetic […]
January 24, 2013

Betelgeuse Is About to Hit the Wall

Last night I was outside doing a little stargazing, and I showed the star Betelgeuse to my daughter and her friend. It’s easy to see, being […]
January 23, 2013

A New Fleet Of Robot Asteroid Prospectors Will Launch By 2015

Another new asteroid mining venture plans to send fleets of small spacecraft to rendezvous with space rocks, aiming to harvest their contents. That makes two startups […]
January 23, 2013

Timelapse Video Of A Meteor Shower?

A few hardworking filmmakers from indie film company Sunchaser Pictures trekked out to Death Valley‘s remote Eureka Dunes during the Geminid Meteor Shower peak in mid-December, […]
January 22, 2013

Older Mars rover embarks on 10th year of exploring

Opportunity, NASA’s other Mars rover, has tooled around the red planet for so long it’s easy to forget it’s still alive. Some 5,000 miles away from […]
January 22, 2013

Giant Mars crater shows evidence of lake … and maybe life?

New photos of a huge crater on Mars suggest water may lurk in crevices under the planet’s surface, hinting that life might have once lived there, […]
January 21, 2013

Finding ET

Seth Shostak is an astronomer, specifically a radio astronomer. That is, he looks at radio signals coming from space from various cosmic objects. But a while […]
January 21, 2013

YOUR Help Needed to Hurt an Asteroid

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Refine an asteroid deflection plan that will attempt to bring a little piece of Armageddon to a space rock […]
January 21, 2013

A Landscape Tweeted From Space And Other Amazing Photos From This Week

A Tweet In Time Astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted this photo, of the Richat Structure of Mauritania, from space. And he’s right when he tweeted it’s “[u]ndoubtedly one […]