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2016 Moon Phases Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 10:31 a.m. EST. The last or third quarter moon rises around 11:30 p.m. and sets around 12:15 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. Some nights when we look up at the moon, it is full and bright; sometimes it is just a sliver of […]

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Watch Live! Now: 2017 Astronaut Class Interviews, Later: NASA Budget Hearing

[embedded content] NASA’s newest astronauts are meeting the press in a series of televised interviews today through 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). Space.com’s Hanneke Weitering will interview astronaut candidate Robb Kulin, formerly of SpaceX, at 11:20 a.m. EDT (1520 GMT). Tune in! Main Story:┬áNASA Reveals 12 New Astronauts for Earth Orbit, Deep Space Missions What’s […]

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Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

The youngest exoplanet yet discovered is less than 1 million years old and orbits Coku Tau 4, a star 420 light-years away. Astronomers inferred the planet’s presence from an enormous hole in the dusty disk that girdles the star. The hole is 10 times the size of Earth’s orbit around the Sun and probably caused […]

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Water on Mars: Exploration & Evidence

Liquid water may still flow on Mars, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to spot. The search for water on the Red Planet has taken more than 15 years to turn up definitive signs that liquid flows on the surface today. In the past, however, rivers and oceans may have covered the land. Where did […]

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Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures

New Horizons space probe provides the highest resolution image of Pluto ever seen as presented in a NASA press conference on July 15, 2015, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. This region near Pluto’s equator surprisingly contains a range of youthful mountains rising to heights of 11,000 feet (3,500 m) above […]

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Kuiper Belt Objects: Facts about the Kuiper Belt & KBOs

by Nola Taylor Redd , Space.com Contributor   |   January 22, 2016 01:06pm ET This artist’s impression shows the distant dwarf planet Eris in the distance with its moon Dysmonia in the foreground. New observations have shown that Eris is smaller than previously thought and almost exactly the same size as Pluto. Eris is extremely reflective […]

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