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Armchair Astronomy Takes Off On The Web

Armchair Astronomy Takes Off On The Web

Take a look at some of the best resources on the Web for armchair astronomers.

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Supernova Super Hero

Supernova Super Hero

Supernova SN2011fe, nearby in the galaxy M-101, is the first stellar explosion of its type to be observed in decades, and offers astronomers a valuable opportunity to refine our understanding of the size and expansion of the Universe.

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NASA’s WISE Spots Ys

NASA’s WISE Spots Ys

NASA’s WISE spacecraft has revealed something new lurking in the dark: Y Dwarfs.

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Dawn of A New Era

Dawn of A New Era

We have achieved orbit – that is, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting and studying the large asteroid Vesta.

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Quasar APM 08279+5255:  Really Big Bathtub Drain?

Quasar APM 08279+5255: Really Big Bathtub Drain?

Somewhere out there, at the most distant reaches of space and time, a vast space-ocean with 140 trillion times more water than the drop that fills Earth's ocean basins is pouring down the drain of a super black hole.

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Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space

Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space

As the space shuttle program comes to an end, QUEST profiles Marin County former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford.

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A Year in the Life of an Ice Giant

A Year in the Life of an Ice Giant

Would you believe we discovered the planet Neptune only one year ago?

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Celebrate Science with SETI this Summer

Celebrate Science with SETI this Summer

Learn more about SETI's mission and goals at this family friendly event on July 23rd.

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Dawn: Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

Dawn: Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

We are soon to explore a new world, one that we haven't seen up close before: the asteroid Vesta. What will we find, and why are we even interested in what amounts to a mega-mountain of rock hurtling through space?

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The Sun is Having A Blast!

The Sun is Having A Blast!

"Wow!" was what everyone who watched this solar flare event and enormous Coronal Mass Ejection were saying–pretty much all they could say with their jaws dropping the way they were.

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Milky Way 2.0?

Milky Way 2.0?

A recent image of a "twin-like" galaxy to the Milky Way may offer us the best glimpse of our home that we'll ever see.

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Dark Endeavours

Dark Endeavours

When NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off on its 25th and final mission to space on Monday morning, it carried a bus-sized, two billion dollar observatory that will probe some of our Universe's deepest, darkest secrets: dark matter, and the unaccounted antimatter.

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Your Photos on QUEST: Steven Christenson

Your Photos on QUEST: Steven Christenson

Most nature photographers put their cameras away at night. Not Steven Christenson. As the co-founder of the very successful Bay Area Night Photography group, he guides like-minded, low-light photographers to find interesting subjects after the sun goes down. Steven reveals his special process of photographing star trails for Your Photos on QUEST.

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Producer's Notes: Finding Light

Producer's Notes: Finding Light

When I was trolling for our first YPOQ photographer for the new season of QUEST TV, I went back to some of those early submissions and was immediately struck by Christenson’s set of vibrant, kinetic images.

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Is it Time for SETI to Stop Looking?

Is it Time for SETI to Stop Looking?

Are we alone? For more than 50 years, scientists have listened for a signal from intelligent life on other planets… and come up empty. Now, they're running short of money. Is it time to give up?

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Should SETI Stop Looking?

Should SETI Stop Looking?

Of all the questions in science, few have haunted humans as persistently as this: Are we alone? For more than 50 years, scientists have listened for a signal from intelligent life on other planets… and come up empty. Now, they're running short of money. Is it time to give up?

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Earth to ET: I'm Not Listening!

Earth to ET: I'm Not Listening!

SETI's Allen Telescope Array is placed in hibernation due to funding cuts, putting the search for extraterrestrial intelligence on hold.

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Searching for Life on Mars

Searching for Life on Mars

After multiple unmanned missions to Mars, we still don't know if life has ever existed there. NASA scientists are hoping a new high-tech rover will help them solve the mystery. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled for launch in late 2011 and will search for any evidence that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting life.

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Producer's Notes: Searching for Life on Mars

Producer's Notes: Searching for Life on Mars

Science to the side, Mars has meant many things to us earthlings.

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Serving Up Delicious Scoops of Sun Daily

Serving Up Delicious Scoops of Sun Daily

The Solar Dynamics Observatory was launched last year, and since then has been capturing high resolution, multi-wavelength visible and extreme-ultraviolet imagery at very frequent intervals.

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