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Comet Family Blocking Light of Faraway Star

Best Space Stories of the Week – Dec. 13, 2015

Artist’s illustration showing a shattered comet passing in front of a star — perhaps the leading explanation at the moment for the strange dimming observed in the KIC 8462852 system.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech delves into surprise salt on Ceres, a lack of alien lasers, a successful space delivery and a spectacular upcoming meteor shower in its top […]

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Best Space Photos of the Week – Dec.. 12, 2015

Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth, is home to the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP), an international, multidisciplinary field-research…Read More » venture that aims to help lay the foundation for crewed missions to the Red Planet. [Read the full story. ]    Less « To source

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Space and Time Collide in New Space Watches

In science, space and time are intimately linked. So it’s no surprise that some new high-end watches are looking to space travel and technology to attract the timepiece connoisseur. From taking the first, cautious steps on the moon to commanding a space station or plotting escape from a desolate planet, these high-tech, space-themed watches may […]

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SpaceX Shooting for a Dec. 19 Falcon Return-to-Flight Launch

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the Orbcomm OG2 Mission 1 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 14, 2014.Credit: SpaceX Elon Musk said SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 rocket late next week on its first mission since a June launch failure. Musk, in a tweet early Thursday, said a static fire test of the Falcon […]

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Geminid Meteor Shower, Best of the Year, Peaks Sunday: Watch It Live

The Geminid meteor shower peaks Sunday (Dec. 13) and Monday (Dec. 14), 2015. Shown here, astrophotographer Manish Mamtani caught this snapshot of the Geminid meteor shower over the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island in 2014.Credit: Manish Mamtani The Geminid meteor shower will be in full swing the nights of Dec. 13 and Dec. […]

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Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Snaps Stunning Earth Photos

Earth gets bigger in the window during these successive images taken by the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft during its close approach.Credit: JAXA One year to the day after lifting off, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 paid its home planet a quick visit for a speed-boost. During its closest approach on Dec. 3, the asteroid-seeking spacecraft took several […]

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Huge Jupiter-Like Storm Rages On Cool 'Failed Star' (Video)

Huge Jupiter-Like Storm Rages On Cool 'Failed Star' (Video)

Jupiter’s Big Red Spot is the largest example of a long-lived storm in the solar system, but now it has some pretty stiff competition in another star system . However, this “exo-storm” hasn’t been spied on another gas giant, it’s been spotted in the uppermost layers of a cool, small star. GALLERY: The Most Horrific Alien […]

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