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A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and Planets…and Moon…and Meteors….

A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and Planets…and Moon…and Meteors….

A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and planets…and Moon…and meteors….

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SOFIA's First Light

SOFIA's First Light

After nearly a 14-year hiatus, NASA is once again conducting astronomical observations…from the stratosphere!

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QUEST Quiz: The Sun

QUEST Quiz: The Sun

Test your knowledge about this mysterious, awesome and most vital of stars.

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Journey Into The Sun

Journey Into The Sun

Scientists at Stanford University and Lockheed Martin are playing pivotal roles in a nearly billion-dollar NASA mission to explore the sun. A spacecraft launched in early 2010 is obtaining IMAX-like images of the sun every second of the day, generating more data than any NASA mission in history.

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Web Extra: Music of the Sun

Web Extra: Music of the Sun

In this QUEST web extra, Stanford University astrophysicist Todd Hoeksema explains how solar sound waves are a vital ingredient to the science of helioseismology, in which the interior properties of the sun are probed by analyzing and tracking the surface sound waves that bounce into and out of the Sun.

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Producer's Notes: Journey Into The Sun

Producer's Notes: Journey Into The Sun

Astrophysicists who track space weather today are at a stage Earth weather forecasters were roughly three decades ago. This is about to change.

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The Sun—Live In Your Own Backyard!

The Sun—Live In Your Own Backyard!

Chabot volunteers are running a live solar observatory for the public.

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Pluto On the Horizon!

Pluto On the Horizon!

Since childhood I've been fascinated by Pluto—probably more for our lack of knowing it than for anything we actually know.

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Science Event Pick – Mixing Art & Science

Science Event Pick – Mixing Art & Science

See science blend with art this week. Visualizing Science is a panel discussion of artists and scientists at Swissnex San Francisco on April 7th. Yuri's Night Bay Area, celebrating the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first orbit of Earth, is a concert, art installation, and science celebration all mixed into one giant festival.

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Sun-Earth Day: Magnetic Magic

Sun-Earth Day: Magnetic Magic

Saturday, March 20th, was not only Vernal Equinox, but the annual Sun-Earth Day: a NASA-promoted effort around the country to focus attention on the special connections between the Sun and the Earth. This year's theme: magnetism!

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Shifting Sands of Far-Off Lands

Shifting Sands of Far-Off Lands

What started out to be a workaday chore—replacing a broken motor in an exhibit—panned out to be a voyage of discovery to the shifting sands of another world.

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Celestial Navigation: Finding Your Way in the Dark

Celestial Navigation: Finding Your Way in the Dark

Celestial Navigation – it’s a special topic for me as it blends my interest in astronomy with my long time fascination for things nautical: ships, exploration, adventure, and global geometry.

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Stalking the Elusive Orange Hypergiant

Stalking the Elusive Orange Hypergiant

Are there Orange Hypergiants?

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Personal Comet

Personal Comet

Nothing seems to capture the pure grandeur and extra-Earthly splendor of outer space like a comet…but at Chabot we like to bring things down to Earth a bit—not to diminish their wonder and awe-inspiring beauty, but rather to give us a chance to connect with pieces of the Universe in a personal way that—we hope—will only enhance their wonder.

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Martian Robot Roundup

Martian Robot Roundup

Out of about 17 successul Mars missions, three orbiters, two rovers, and maybe—MAYbe—one lander are still active.

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Flash! Lakes Confirmed in Titan's Northern Hemisphere!

Flash! Lakes Confirmed in Titan's Northern Hemisphere!

In a literal flash of insight, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has confirmed the existence of lakes of liquid in the Northern Hemisphere of Saturn's moon, Titan.

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Dark Matter Tests Positive (Sort of)

Dark Matter Tests Positive (Sort of)

Dark matter – think of matter as a fancy word for stuff – is one of the most exciting but also potentially frustrating phenomena in cosmology today.

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Spirit Digs a Little Deeper into Martian Geology

Spirit Digs a Little Deeper into Martian Geology

NASA's Mars rover Spirit has recently made an major accidental discovery in the course of trying to free itself from a sand trap….

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New Evidence of Martian Life Found in Antarctica?

New Evidence of Martian Life Found in Antarctica?

On Monday, November 30th, 2009, NASA/Johnson Space Center announced that a recent study strengthens the argument that chemical and structural features in a Martian meteorite—ALH84001—may be evidence of fossilized microbial life on Mars from the distant past.

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Lunar Ice Smack-down a Success!

Lunar Ice Smack-down a Success!

NASA's LCROSS mission found water on the Moon, no bones about it. Though NASA is still analyzing all the data they reaped from the LCROSS impact event on October 9th, and will be for a long time to come, they seem confident enough about the preliminary findings to make this a definite declaration of discovery!

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