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International Astronomical Union: Promoting Science & Defining Planets

The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is IAU’s hub for coordinating its public outreach activities around the world.Credit: IAU The International Astronomical Union is a worldwide society of professional astronomers and is considered the authority for assigning names to celestial objects, whether they are planets or moons or other types of worlds, as well […]

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Name a Mars Crater for Dad This Father's Day

This image of Mars was captured by India’s Mangalyaan spacecraft, which arrived in orbit around the Red Planet in September 2014.Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation If dad already has enough ties and coffee mugs, you could always name a Mars crater for him this Father’s Day. The space-funding company Uwingu, which sells naming rights to […]

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Alien Planet Is Smaller Than Earth and Surprisingly Light

The exoplanet Kepler-138 b, shown here in an artist’s view, is the first alien planet smaller than the Earth with both its mass and size measured. The planet, found with NASA’s Kepler space telescope, orbits a red dwarf star 200 light-years from Earth.Credit: Danielle Futselaar, SETI Institute A Mars-size planet about 200 light-years from our […]

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The Moon's Puzzling Dust Cloud Finally Yields an Answer

An artist’s conception of dust in the moon’s exosphere (thin atmosphere). The color shows the amount of material ejected from the surface, with red representing the highest quantity. The orbits show where impactors randomly occur. The arc shows the trajectory of the LADEE spacecraft.Credit: Daniel Morgan and Jamey Szalay The moon is surrounded by a […]

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Dust Cloud Around the Moon Explained (Infographic)

By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist   |   June 17, 2015 01:00pm ET Researchers studying data from the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer ) spacecraft have discovered that the airless moon is surrounded by a thin, asymmetrical dust cloud caused by the high-speed impacts of dust particles from comets. Full Story: The Moon’s Puzzling Dust Cloud […]

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'Astronaut Wives Club' Co-Star Talks Being Spaceman's Spouse on ABC Series

ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club” limited event series launches on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8/7c.Credit: ABC “The Astronaut Wives Club” blasts off Thursday night (June 18) on ABC, giving viewers a look at the other “right stuff” — the women behind America’s first spacemen. Based on author Lily Koppel’s bestseller, the 10-episode docu-drama opens […]

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