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  • Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko final approach
    Comet 67P explodes convention
    In November of 2014, the European Space Agency achieved a milestone in planetary science. They successfully landed a craft of man on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. That alone set the world buzzing, as well it might. The landing...
  • 'Dinosaur eggs' on Comet 67P
    'Dinosaur eggs' on Comet 67P
    No, the European Space Agency's Philae lander did not find literal dinosaur eggs on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The experts at the imaging team for Philae's high-resolution OSIRIS camera gave that name to what they did find. These...
  • Mystery: Cosmic 'fast radio bursts' 5.5 billion light years away detected
    Mystery: Cosmic 'fast radio bursts' 5.5 billion light years away detected
    They're called "fast radio bursts" and although theywere first discovered in 2007,they'venever been detected in real time. That is, until now, when an astronomer in Sidney, Australia, picked up thequick space spike of radio noise...
  • Useful resources for elementary astronomy study
    Useful resources for elementary astronomy study
    Could your science use a burst of out-of-this-world excitement? Take your studies up a notch with a unit on astronomy! Children will be fascinated to learn about the universe around our little planet. With a combination of informative resources...
  • Mysterious radio waves observed
    Astronomers observe mysterious fast radio burst
    Radio waves coming from the heavens has been the start of numerous science fiction stories, but it was recently revealed that scientists have made a breakthrough observation. A Monday story by NPR reveals that a team of Australian astronomers...
  • Planets beyond Pluto
    Solar system might contain two more undiscovered planets beyond Pluto
    Our solar system might be a little bigger than we think, some scientists are saying, as there could be two or more planets hiding in the dark reaches of space past Pluto. The idea that there could be a dark planet lurking in the far reaches of our...
  • Astrophysicists show that two planets may be lurking beyond Neptune
    Astrophysicists show that two planets may be lurking beyond Neptune
    Two as yet unknown and undiscovered planets may exist beyond the orbit of Pluto and Neptune. Astrophysicists from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain and the University of Cambridge in Britain are the first to offer proof that other...
  • Pareidolia - Pictures in the sky
    Pareidolia - Pictures in the sky
    If one can find a dark place – not a somewhat dim place near houselights and streetlights, not a kind of dark place where one can still see their glow – a truly dark place with no human made light at all, no reflected city light, and...
  • Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) Brightens in January, Visible with Naked Eye
    COMET LOVEJOY (C/2014 Q2) BRIGHTENS IN JANUARY, VISIBLE WITH NAKED EYE
    If you’ve an ache to see your first comet for this new year, 2015, then head outside and look up – because Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is now visible, even to the naked eye! Binoculars and telescope can help bring clarity, if you so...
  • Earth
    Earth reaches its 2015 perihelion
    On Jan. 4 at 3:00 a.m. EST (07:00 GMT), Earth reached its perihelion for 2015. The perihelion of a planet's orbit occurs when the planet is at its least distance from its star during a particular orbital cycle.At the perihelion point, Earth...
  • Meteor Shower
    Quick! Catch the Annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower’s Narrow Peak on January 3 - 4
    It’s a New Year, 2015, and what better way to kick things off than with a meteor shower! The annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower is the first shower of every new year, and is expected to peak in the late evening hours of January 3rd and on...
  • Star maps for key astronomical events January 2015
    Astronomical events of interest for January 2015
    January is named after the Roman god Janus or god of beginnings and transitions whose two faces appear on many gates and doorways in Rome.Moon:Full Moon: January 4 (Wolf Moon)Farthest from Earth: January 9 (251,909 miles mini-size moon)Last...
  • Stellarium star map for December 26, 2014 from Aurora, CO
    What to look at with that new Christmas telescope
    If you are new to astronomy with your first telescope you will find a big part of the hobby is finding objects you have never seen before. The problem is finding them. Here is a list of objects you can easily find that will make you first...
  • Kepler spacecraft
    Kepler spacecraft spots new 'super-Earth' 180 light years away
    NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has had quite a time over the last two years. Since 2009, the Kepler observatory has been floating through space taking a galactic census on Earth-like planets. The camera mounted on the Kepler is remarkably precise...
  • Venus
    NASA planning a floating zeppelin city on Venus
    Get your grey ash plants ready, NASA is planning a cloud city project for Venus, says IFLScience today. The plan, called High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC, would create a floating city above the clouds of the morning star buoyed by...