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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).’s Hanneke Weitering will interview astronaut candidate Robb Kulin, formerly of SpaceX, at 11:20 a.m. EDT (1520 GMT). Tune in! Main Story: NASA 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 , 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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Best Telescopes for the Money – 2016 Reviews and Guide Editors have selected 12 Great Telescopes in 4 Categories. Are you a traveler? Student of the sky? On a budget? Live in a small home? Do you like digital tech? Or prefer an analog approach? *Editor’s Note: Start saving on your entire gift list . Get up to 15% cash back and exclusive deals on gadgets, […]

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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Review | What is the Best Beginner Telescope?

130mm Aperture Newtonian Reflector Telescope with SkyAlign Go-To ComputerCredit: Reflector Telescopes: Newton Astride a Tripod Bright guy, Sir Isaac Newton: He managed to distill the mechanics of our local universe down to three simple laws of motion. He developed much of mathematical calculus. And he harnessed the magnification properties of concave mirrors to drive […]

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Solar Eclipses: An Observer's Guide (Infographic)

by Karl Tate , Infographics Artist   |   September 11, 2015 09:29am ET Editor’s note: The next solar eclipse will occur on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. It will be a partial solar eclipse that will be visible primarily from South Africa and Antarctica. The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. […]

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Latest Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

PREVIOUS | NEXT 1 of 58 NASA’s Next Mars Probe Takes Aim at Red Planet Credit: NASA. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a powerful spacecraft that launched in 2005 and arrived in orbit around the Red Planet a year later. See amazing…Read More » photos from the MRO mission here in this gallery.   Less « […]

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How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)

Editor’s note:  The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27, 2015. It will occur while the moon is at perigee, making it a rare Supermoon Blood Moon lunar eclipse . Such an event won’t happen again until 2033. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely beneath Earth’s […]

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Perseids From the Sky

Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts

<div class=”multiPageItem slideContainer” data-cycle-pager-template=” Intro ” readability=”38.191640378549″> Perseids From the Sky Credit: NASA/MSFC/D. Moser, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office Every August, the night sky is peppered with little bits of comet debris in what we call the annual Perseid meteor shower . In 2016, the Perseids will peak on Aug. 12 and 13, with up to […]

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Solar System Facts: A Guide to Things Orbiting Our Sun

Our solar system is a vast place, with lots of mostly empty space between planets. But out there are comets, asteroids and more rocky, frozen objects (including dwarf planets) yet to be discovered in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud.Credit: NASA The solar system is made up of the sun and everything that orbits around […]

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