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What Would Happen If Saturn Came Extremely Close To Earth?
2014-05-14 07:38:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While astronomers enjoyed the best view of Saturn this past weekend, an animator created a new video depicting what would happen if the people of Earth got an extreme close-up of the sixth planet from the Sun. According to Laurel Kornfeld of The Space Reporter, Saturn reached opposition on May 10, which means that it and the Earth were on opposite sides of the Sun. The ringed planet was also at its closest distance to our world...

Google+ Virtual Star Party Brings Astronomers Together
2012-07-07 06:35:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers across the globe have been taking advantage of Google+ Hangouts, conducting virtual star parties with fellow night-dwellers, and their efforts were documented by Google and shown off at the Google I/O conference on June 27, 2012. Nearly 7,000 people joined in during a special 6-hour Google+ Virtual Star Party for the Transit of Venus, which included multiple telescope views and images from around the world. The...

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2011-01-24 07:40:00

Just like out of a good science fiction setting on some far-off planet, our own Earth could soon have a second sun, but only for a limited time. The cosmic phenomenon will occur when one of the brightest stars in our night sky suffers a cataclysmic event -- exploding into a supernova. The supergiant red star Betelgeuse in Orion's nebula is predicted to explode, with the impending supernova possibly even reaching Earth. According to a report released Saturday, the most spectacular light...

2006-02-08 16:20:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA, accused of censoring its scientists on global warming and the origin of the universe, pledged on Wednesday to reform its policies to ensure "open and full communications." The move followed more than a week of revelations in The New York Times and on the Internet about internal tussles between NASA writers and researchers and the U.S. space agency's public affairs office at its Washington headquarters. A key figure in the controversy, George...


Word of the Day
bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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