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  • The blood moon tetrad phenomenon
    Blood moon of Passover: one missing detail
    A significant event is currently taking place, one which will never occur again. Much has been written about the four blood moons of 2014-15. These blood moons occurred on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in 2014, and will occur again in 2015...
  • Dawn spacecraft
    Dawn goes into orbit around Ceres, a first for NASA
    With a journey that has taken more than 7 years, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has finally settled down at its final destination, the dwarf planet Ceres. Early in the morning of March 6, NASA received a signal from Dawn confirming that it had...
  • Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon
    Richard Grossinger on 'Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon'
    Brought to you by North Atlantic BooksPluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythologycan be found on Amazon1. What was your prime motivation and inspiration for gathering a collection of writings by authors for '...
  • Saturn moon Titan
    Study uncovers what alien life on Saturn's moon Titan would look like
    While the possibility of alien life is still mostly speculative, a group of scientists working at Cornell University put together a scientifically sound idea of what alien life might actually look like. Far from little green men, or even the...
  • Supermassive Black Hole
    Scientists find huge black hole that challenges cosmological theories
    On Feb. 26, a team of astronomers announced that they have found a supermassive black hole that is about 12 billion times more massive than the Sun and appears to have formed when the universe was only 875 million years old, or 6 percent of its...
  • Soft Noodle Map
    Ochre House presents somber, pensive Soft Noodle Map
    Soft Noodle Map occurs on the 60th birthday of Ansel Barber, an astronomer who has reached the time when many of us tend to take account of our mistakes and triumphs. Ansel's friends are showing up for the festivities, climbing out a window to...
  • Black Supermoon To Cast its Spell on Wednesday, 18th February, 2015
    Black Supermoon To Cast its Enchanting Spell on Wednesday, 18th February, 2015
    This Wednesday, February 18th, a black supermoon will grace the night sky. Essentially, it is a new moon that is unlike others, for it occurs when our planet’s satellite is at its closest point to Earth, or perigee.While folks won’t ...
  • Kepler-444
    Kepler discovers five Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting ancient star
    The discovery of new exoplanets by astronomers has become quite routine in the past several years, with new findings being announced on a regular basis. So far, the number of known and candidate worlds numbers a few thousand with many more...
  • Small moon discovered orbiting near Earth asteroid BL86
    Small moon discovered orbiting near Earth asteroid BL86
    NASA astronomers studying a speeding asteroid which passed close to our planet on Monday learned it carries an orbiting moon of its own around the icy rock as it moves across our solar system.In newly released radar images from the space agency,...
  • 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...