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2015-04-01 16:22:37

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m.

2015-04-01 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will air an event from 1 - 2 p.m.

Lunar eclipse
2015-04-03 06:00:07

If you didn't already know, there's going to be a lunar eclipse on Saturday--the fastest one this century. We sat down with NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams to discuss the best ways to view it. We love our jobs.

asteroid collection mission
2015-04-01 10:45:16

The spacecraft that NASA will use in its first-ever mission to collect samples from a near-Earth asteroid and bring them back to Earth, has passed a critical milestone as it progresses towards its scheduled 2016 launch, the US space agency announced on Tuesday.

2015-04-01 08:23:57

Albireo Energy Expands Energy Service Offering with Fourth Acquisition in 10 Months DETROIT, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Huron Capital Partners ("Huron Capital") today announced

tatooine planets
2015-03-31 10:18:44

There’s a new hope for Star Wars fans dreaming of a rocky planet that orbits a binary star like Luke Skywalker’s homeworld of Tatooine: astrophysicists from the University of Utah and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory say that such a planet could theoretically exist.

Full moon
2015-03-30 14:36:38

According to new research by Margot that confirms what scientists have known for decades: The moon does not influence the timing of human births, hospital admissions, and etc. The study illustrates how intelligent and otherwise reasonable people develop strong beliefs that, to put it politely, are not aligned with reality.

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2015-03-30 11:30:32

A bizarre bulge approximately half as tall as Mount Kilimanjaro has been found on Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system.

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2015-03-29 16:02:56

The blue whale is the largest animal on Earth ever, well, besides your mom.

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2015-03-27 12:07:59

Dark energy is so difficult to understand, but this specific type of supernovae could help determine the rate at which the universe is expanding.


Latest Astronomy Reference Libraries

Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

Cosmology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) was completed in September 2012 and shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans. Each speck of light in the photo is an individual galaxy, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years; the observable universe is estimated to contain more than 200 billion galaxies. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia What is Cosmology? I once commented to an acquaintance that I was fascinated by the field of Cosmology, and mused that if I had more time, I...

Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light-years in diameter and approximately 60 million light-years distant. Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia What is Astrophysics? For much of the modern age the term Astrophysics has been used synonymously with Astronomy. This interchange is so common that many textbooks even offer the two as having the same meaning. However, from a strictly historical perspective there are differences...

Tropic of Capricorn
2013-02-21 13:31:57

The Tropic of Capricorn, alternately called the Southern Tropic, is a marker of the most southerly latitude on the Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead. This occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun at its maximum degree. It is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It presently lies 23 degrees 26’ 16’’ south of the Equator. Currently, the Tropic of Capricorn is drifting towards the north at...

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  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
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