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Ten Random Astro-Facts to Entertain and Boggle

Ten Random Astro-Facts to Entertain and Boggle

I decided that instead of blogging on just one topic in astronomy, I'd blog about ten of them!

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Found In Space: Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb

Found In Space: Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb

If you've been keeping up on the now very frequent reports of new extrasolar planet discoveries, here's a news flash: an Earth-sized exoplanet has been found orbiting the nearest star!ei

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News From Mars: A River Ran Through It

News From Mars: A River Ran Through It

NASA's Curiosity rover, now exploring the alluvium at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater for over two months, has struck pay dirt: the gravel and river stone conglomerate laid down by an ancient Martian stream!

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Black Holes: Objects of Attraction

Black Holes: Objects of Attraction

Black holes have been the stuff of science fiction since their discovery in the late sixties. But now a new, nimble NASA telescope is using its powerful x-ray vision to hunt for these abundant yet invisible, massive space oddities.

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Black Holes: Ultimate Trash Compactors of the Universe

Black Holes: Ultimate Trash Compactors of the Universe

As bizarre as black holes have been depicted in science fiction, the reality of black holes as described by science is far stranger.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes a Bay Area Victory Lap

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes a Bay Area Victory Lap

The Endeavour flyover will make for a striking sight: Piggybacked to a 747, the shuttle will be flying at a low altitude of 1500 feet in some parts of the Bay Area.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Your Photos on QUEST: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo's colorful wide field images of deep sky objects like galaxies, nebulae, star clusters has garnered him dozens of photography awards including the Royal Observatory of Greenwich's 2010 Best Astrophotographer of the Year.

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Will the Asteroid Apophis Rock Our World?

Will the Asteroid Apophis Rock Our World?

With all of the giant rocks flying around in space that can cross Earth's orbit and therefore be a impact threat, what are the odds of one hitting us?

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NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

Space exploration has caught up with science fiction (again): we have deployed laser-armed nuclear-powered robot on Mars, and nearly two weeks after landing, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the rover Curiosity, has fired that weapon on a Martian rock.

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NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

Scientists are looking for elements and molecules that signify life as we know it. But even if they don’t find those molecules, minerals contain important information about the Martian environment. That could help scientists determine if life could have survived on the planet.

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Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

Last Sunday, NASA scored a long-distance touchdown…on Mars! The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed "Curiosity" is the largest, most complex spacecraft ever to have set down on the Red Planet.

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Stunning Solar Visualizations: The Sun's Van Gogh-like Artistry

Stunning Solar Visualizations: The Sun's Van Gogh-like Artistry

While nearly all eyes are focused on Mars, two astophysicists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have been quietly staring at the sun instead.

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NASA's Mars Lander: The Exploration Begins

NASA's Mars Lander: The Exploration Begins

NASA's Curiosity lander has ended its 352 million-mile journey, landing safely on the surface of Mars. For scientists at NASA Ames in Moffet Field, the work is just beginning.

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Do Constellations Change Over Time?

Do Constellations Change Over Time?

Do the constellations—the patterns made by the stars in the night sky—change over time, and if so, how long have they resembled what we see today?

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Deep, Dark Waters of Titan

Deep, Dark Waters of Titan

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, NASA finds another ocean for us to worry about — this time on Saturn's moon, Titan.

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Space Telescope to Begin Search for Black Holes

Space Telescope to Begin Search for Black Holes

NASA's newest space telescope, NuStar, will soon begin its hunt for black holes. Scientists are hoping to learn more about how they grow and why they're such messy eaters.

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Voyager: Old Spacecraft, New Frontier?

Voyager: Old Spacecraft, New Frontier?

Thirty-five years after beginning a remarkable journey that started with encounters of Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 may once again be making a historic scientific encounter: the boundary between our Solar System and interstellar space!

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Science on the SPOT: Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory

Science on the SPOT: Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory

SOFIA is more than a telescope tucked into a re-purposed commercial airliner. It's a complete flying astronomical observation platform which carries a dozen or more astronomers, observers and crew far above the clouds to observe objects and phenomena too cold to be seen in visible light.

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Sizing Up the Earth

Sizing Up the Earth

What has a mass of about 6 yottakilograms, occupies a volume of space of about 1 million million cubic-kilometers, and is about 40 kilometers fatter than it is tall. Guesses, anyone?

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Soaring in Space: Citizen Science at 103,000 Feet

Soaring in Space: Citizen Science at 103,000 Feet

Citizen scientist Marc Labriet and students from Valley Christian High School in Dublin, CA collaborated on a special balloon project to retrieve images from near space as well as test theories on gamma rays and radiation repercussion yields.

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