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  1. Massive Solar Eruptions 'Probably' Detonated Dozens of US Sea Mines in Vietnam WarRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 12 |

    This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights .


  2. 'It's Going to Be Historic': New Horizons Team Prepares for Epic Flyby of Ultima ThuleRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 25 |

    In less than 10 weeks, NASA's New Horizons mission will explore the most distant target ever visited by a spacecraft. In the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons will ring in the New Year by flying past the Kuiper Belt object officially called 2014 MU69 but nicknamed Ultima Thule , a city-size rock regarded as a frozen relic from the birth of the solar system.


  3. Planet Earth: Facts About Its Orbit, Atmosphere & SizeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2018 |

    Earth, our home, is the third planet from the sun. It's the only planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of water on its surface and, of course, life.


  4. New Horizons Sails Through 'Final Exam' Before Ultima Thule EncounterRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2018 |

    An artist's illustration of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flying by Ultima Thule on Jan. 1, 2019. Recent observations suggest that Ultima Thule may actually be two co-orbiting bodies.


  5. NASA Balloon Observes Glowing Blue Clouds in Earth's Upper AtmosphereRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 24, 2018 |

    A NASA long-duration balloon mission observed glowing blue clouds that ripple at the edge of Earth's atmosphere. The mission aims to help researchers learn about how energy transfers through the atmosphere's layers.


  6. After Pluto, New Horizons Probe Draws Near to Its Next Target: Ultima ThuleRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2018 |

    An artist's illustration of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flying by the small object 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule, on Jan. 1, 2019. Recent observations suggest that Ultima Thule may actually be two co-orbiting bodies.


  7. Life on Mars? 40 Years Later, Viking Lander Scientist Still Says 'Yes'Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 30, 2018 |

    In 1976, NASA's twin Viking landers touched down on Mars in an attempt to answer a weighty question: Is there life on the Red Planet? Gilbert Levin was the principal investigator of the Vikings' Labeled Release life-detection experiment . The instrument got positive responses at both landing locales.


  8. A Year After the Great American Solar Eclipse, the Excitement RemainsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 21, 2018 |

    A year after the Great American Solar Eclipse , enthusiasm is high for the next go-round. Partial eclipses will cast their shadow on the United States in 2021 and 2023, and a total eclipse will once again grace the country in 2024.


  9. 2014 MU69: Next Target for New HorizonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2018 |

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured the world's attention when it buzzed Pluto in July 2015. In January 2019, it will set another record when it reaches another object in the outer edges of the solar system.


  10. New Horizons Team Aims to Get One Last Look at Flyby TargetRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 2, 2018 |

    Four members of New Horizons' South African observation team scan the sky on June 3, 2017, while waiting for the distant object 2014 MU69 to pass in front of a background star. New Horizons team members will travel to Colombia and Senegal to observe another such "occultation" on Aug. 4, 2018.


  11. Celebrating 40 Years of Pluto's Largest Moon, CharonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 14, 2018 |

    Today, Pluto is known to sport five moons. Its most massive companion, Charon, is the largest moon in the solar system relative to its parent body.


  12. Wow! This Fresh Meteoroid Impact on Mars Triggered a Dusty AvalancheRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2018 |

    This small meteoroid impact on Mars within the last 10 years created this crater seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The long, dark trail streaking down a slope to the lower left was caused by an avalanche triggered by the impact.


  13. New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up to Prepare for Historic Flyby of Distant ObjectRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 8, 2018 |

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has woken up from hibernation to prepare for a historic New Year's Day flyby at the edge of our solar system. The New Horizons probe, which flew by Pluto in July 2015 , has been in hibernation mode since Dec. 21 to preserve resources.


  14. What is Solar Wind?Read the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2018 |

    This is an artist's concept of the Earth's global magnetic field, with the bow shock. Earth is in the middle of the image, surrounded by its magnetic field, represented by purple lines.


  15. Northern Lights 2018: When, Where & How to See the Aurora BorealisRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2018 |

    To fully appreciate the glory and grandeur of this celestial display, which is also known as the aurora borealis , you have to settle beneath the ever-changing lights and watch them curve and curl, slither and flicker. [ Amazing Auroras: Stunning Northern Lights Photos ] "I was camping, just lying out in a field in a sleeping bag on a late September night and looking up at the stars," said Terry Onsager, a physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.


  16. This Quantum Random Number Generator Can Never Be HackedRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 16, 2018 |

    NIST has developed a method for generating numbers guaranteed to be random by quantum mechanics. The method generates digital bits with photons, or particles of light.


  17. These Scientists Have a Wild Plan to Throw Salt into the Atmosphere. Here's Why.Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 27, 2018 |

    They've suggested that, because salt is highly reflective, it could potentially reflect sunlight back into outer space, helping to cool the Earth, they wrote in a report presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas on March 21. But other climate scientists aren't so sure. This idea falls into the category of geoengineering - a deliberate, large-scale attempt to change the environment as a means to counteract climate change.


  18. Solar Storm to Amp Up Earth's Northern Lights WednesdayRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 13, 2018 |

    A minor solar storm will reach Earth Wednesday and could amplify the planet's auroras , making them visible from the northernmost parts of the U.S., space weather officials said. States in the "northern tier" of the United States, such as Michigan and Maine, could see northern lights from the amped-up auroral display, according to an alert from the Space Weather Prediction Center , part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , in Boulder, Colorado.


  19. How Did Uranus Form?Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2018 |

    Uranus' tilt essentially has the planet orbiting the Sun on its side, the axis of its spin is nearly pointing at the Sun. Although planets surround stars in the galaxy, how they form remains a subject of debate.


  20. The Solar Storm Hitting Earth Today Might Look AwesomeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 16, 2018 |

    Tonight , skywatchers may be rewarded by a dazzling atmospheric show - thanks to a halo of radiation that blasted from the sun on Monday . A minor geomagnetic storm has just settled over Canada and the northern United States, according to a news alert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center - and it could result in visible aurora borealis in some states tonight.


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