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Space News Archive - May 05, 2012

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Evidence that there was once water on Mars continues to mount, as the ESA and researchers from a U.S. university became the latest to tout findings supporting the theory.

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NASA officials have announced plans to use the moon like a mirror in order to allow them to see the forthcoming transit of Venus across the face of the sun.

Meteor Shower To Coincide With 'Supermoon' This Weekend

Peak viewing conditions for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs annually when Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet, will begin on the evening of May 5 and last until the early morning hours on May 6.

'Supermoon' Expected This Weekend

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will occur this weekend. An estimated 16% brighter than normal, this spectacular ‘Supermoon’ will be visible in the night sky on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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