Archive of 2016 July

26Jul2016

We Should Encourage Boys And Girls To Reach For The Stars

As a child growing up on a farm, I was fascinated by the night sky. I could identify all the constellations, and I’d gaze up at them, trying to get my mind around interstellar distances. This is Alice's story. (more…)

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24Jul2016

Vulcan Planet System Is Real, NASA Says

As legions of Star Trek fans flock to the theaters this weekend for the latest installation of the popular science-fiction franchise, little do they know that the star system where the Vulcan homeworld is said to be actually exists. (more…)

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24Jul2016

‘A Trip to the Moon’: 1902 Film Classic Gets 21st Century Facelift

NASA's Apollo astronauts may have first put boot prints on the moon in 1969, but movie goers made the round trip long before that — in fact, way back in 1902 with a  short film not to be missed. (more…)

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24Jul2016

Little-Known Event Occurred At 1st Moon Landing

“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” stated astronaut Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969, as he became the first man to walk on the moon. The second man on the moon was Colonel Buzz Aldrin. (more…)

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24Jul2016

This Small Slice Of The Night Sky Contains 48,741 Galaxies

This image makes me feel so incredibly small. Each of these 48,741 dots represents a galaxy. Each galaxy is a collection of billions of stars, themselves trap untold planets, asteroids, and possibly even life in their gravitational clutches. (more…)

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24Jul2016

Strongest Solar Flare Of 2016

 Sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 erupted on July 23rd, twice, producing two strong solar flares in quick succession. The first @ 0211 UT registered M5 on the Richter Scale of Flares..and that's pretty severe! (more…)

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24Jul2016

More Than 100 Planets Confirmed in Single Trove

An international team of astronomers have discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds. The researchers achieved this extraordinary discovery of exoplanets by combining several state of the art telescopes. (more…)

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24Jul2016

‘Land’ on Pluto’s Icy Plains in This Amazing New NASA Video

This may be the closest we ever get to landing on Pluto. A new video takes viewers on a ride nearly down to the dwarf planet's surface, stopping just above the rippled "shoreline" of the vast nitrogen-ice plain Sputnik Planum. (more…)

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24Jul2016

Chandra Finds Evidence for Violent Stellar Merger

Gamma-ray bursts, or GRBs, are some of the most violent and energetic events in the Universe. Although these events are the most luminous explosions in the universe, a new study has made inroads. (more…)

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21Jul2016

NASA Honors Apollo 11, Eyes First Mars Mission

The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today. It was 47 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon that changed the course of history. (more…)

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20Jul2016

How to Choose the Best Binoculars for Children and Young Adults

Kids often get overlooked in the hobby of astronomy. Any serious outdoor lover with kids knows that it’s important to get kids the right gear so that the entire family can enjoy an outdoor activity together. (more…)

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17Jul2016

Kuiper Belt’s Big, New, Far-Out Object

The IAU's Minor Planet Centre has tallied 1,491 objects in orbits more distant than Neptune ("transneptunians") and another 501 in the outer solar system that occupy odd, usually quite elliptical orbits ("Centaurs" and "scattered-disk objects"). (more…)

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16Jul2016

NASA Monitoring A Giant Hole Spreading Across The Sun

NASA has released footage of a giant hole spreading across the surface of the sun. A NASA spacecraft uncovered the dark mass which is allowing some of the sun’s heat to escape into open space. (more…)

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16Jul2016

A UFO Is Closing In On Earth And NASA Is Covering It Up

One of the nice things NASA does is stream live footage from the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth 16 times a day. It's pretty calming stuff—until a UFO enters the picture. Then all bets are off. (more…)

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16Jul2016

Moon Photobombs Earth in New NASA Video

The right place at the right time. A NASA satellite in just the right position captured a spectacular celestial photobomb — a view of the moon moving in front of the sunlit side of Earth. (more…)

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16Jul2016

Space Is Ruining Astronauts’ Eyesight And No One Knows Why

As space missions have increased in length, astronauts began to notice something troubling: their time in space seemed to be causing their eyesight to deteriorate. This wasn't a minor effect. (more…)

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