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  1. Satellite Finds Hidden Upside-Down Canyon on Underside of Antarctic IceRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 12 |

    A view of the Dotson ice shelf, courtesy of the ESA satellite Sentinel-1. New research finds an under-ice canyon stretching the length of the shelf.


  2. Draconid Meteor Shower 2017: Unpredictable 'Shooting Star' Display Peaks This WeekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 5 |

    The annual Draconid meteor shower peaks this weekend, but don't get your hopes up for a spectacular sky show. Even at their peak - which, this year, occurs Friday and Saturday - the Draconids are usually modest, generating just a few meteors per hour.


  3. Spaceport Tucson Takes Flight with World View 'Stratollite' Balloon LaunchRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 2 |

    The facility earned its wings Sunday with the launch of a World View Enterprises "Stratollite" balloon into the stratosphere. " Spaceport Tucson , the first-ever purpose-built stratospheric launch facility in the world, is now open for business," World View founder and CEO Jane Poynter said in a statement.


  4. The BFR: SpaceX's Mars-Colonization Architecture in ImagesRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 29 |

    The BFR will be capable of lofting 150 tons of payload to low Earth orbit, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said. The BFR spaceship will feature 40 cabins, each of which will likely house two to three people on a typical Mars trip.


  5. Rapper B.o.B. Wants to Launch a Satellite to See if Earth Is FlatRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 27 |

    Unlike the rest of us, the Atlanta-based rapper has not been "tricked" into believing our planet is spherical by thousands of satellite photos , the shape of Earth's shadow on the moon during lunar eclipses, the circumnavigation of the globe, the physics of planet formation or any other such evidence. Rather, B.o.B - whose real name is Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. - trusts his eyes.


  6. Look Up and Wave! OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Probe Flies by Earth TodayRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 22 |

    Artist's impression of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passing by Earth. The probe will map and study the asteroid Bennu before bringing a sample home.


  7. Glowing Red Eye: Cosmic Bubble Surrounds Odd 'Carbon Star'Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 20 |

    The huge star, known as U Antliae, lies about 900 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Antlia . U Antliae has burned all the hydrogen and helium in its core and has therefore moved on to the "asymptotic giant branch" , the last major step in the life cycle of a sun-like star before it becomes superdense white dwarf .


  8. Curiosity Rover Climbing Steep Martian RidgeRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 19 |

    Researchers used the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to gain this detailed view of layers in "Vera Rubin Ridge" from just below the ridge. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is chugging up a steep red-rock slope that wouldn't look out of place in the canyon country of the American Southwest.


  9. The Moon Blocks 3 Planets, Star TodayRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 17 |

    In the pre-dawn sky on Sept. 18, 2017, the old crescent moon joined a chain of naked-eye objects low in the eastern sky.


  10. Check Out SpaceX's New Spacesuit: Elon Musk Shares on InstagramRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 13, 2017 |

    On Friday , SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk posted a photo on Instagram of a spacesuit-clad person standing next to the Dragon capsule. The company is developing that spacecraft to fly people to and from the International Space Station , among other destinations.


  11. 3 Hurricanes Are Roiling the Atlantic At OnceRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2017 |

    Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm , is currently battering Puerto Rico and on track to slam into Florida, while Jose is barreling toward the Caribbean Islands, while Katia is menacing the Gulf of Mexico. Both Jose and Katia intensified from tropical storms into hurricanes today .


  12. Storm Warning: Solar Outburst Could Scramble Earth's CommunicationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 6, 2017 |

    A strong geomagnetic storm watch is in effect as scientists wait to see if a coronal mass ejection is winging toward Earth. A strong solar flare , often associated with CMEs, was detected today at 8:02 a.m. ET, along with a weaker one.


  13. Northern Lights in Ohio? Sun Storm May Ramp Up Auroras Wednesday NightRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 5, 2017 |

    People as far south as Ohio and Indiana may be able to see the northern lights Wednesday night , thanks to a powerful sun storm. On Monday , the sun blasted out a huge cloud of superheated plasma known as a coronal mass ejection .


  14. Totally Active: Eclipse Photos Reveal Sunspots, Solar FlaresRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 5, 2017 |

    The sun put on quite a show on Aug. 21 - and not just the "total solar eclipse" kind. Photos snapped from the path of totality during the solar eclipse reveal a flurry of activity, ranging from sunspots to solar flares, on Earth's closest star.


  15. Cassini Snaps Saturn's Strange Polar Vortex During Daring DiveRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 29, 2017 |

    The bizarre vortex spinning at Saturn's north pole takes center stage in a newly released photo by NASA's Cassini spacecraft . The probe snapped the photo on April 26, the same day it began its "Grand Finale" phase of daring dives between Saturn's cloud tops and the planet's innermost rings.


  16. Monster Storm Churns Near Jupiter's North PoleRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2017 |

    Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran created this image of a massive Jupiter storm known as NN-LRS-1 using data captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on July 10, 2017. A giant cyclone swirls near the north pole of Jupiter in a gorgeous new photo by NASA's Juno spacecraft .


  17. Great American Solar Eclipse Breaks NASA's Web-Viewing RecordsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 25, 2017 |

    In case you didn't notice, people were really into the Great American Solar Eclipse . I mean, really into it.


  18. SpaceX Launches Formosat-5 Satellite, Lands RocketRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2017 |

    The Falcon 9's first stage goes down for landing as the second stage continues to power Formosat-5 to orbit . Early-morning fog obscures a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its payload, the Formosat-5 satellite, at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on launch day, Aug. 24, 2017.


  19. Behold! The First 'Megamovie' of the 2017 Solar EclipseRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2017 |

    The Eclipse Megamovie Project released its first video yesterday , showing gorgeous views of the Great American Solar Eclipse captured by about 1,500 volunteers along the nationwide "path of totality." The 2.5-minute video is more than just eye candy; it gives researchers a good, long look at the sun's wispy outer atmosphere, or corona , which is visible from the ground only during total solar eclipses, project organizers said.


  20. What to Do with Your Eclipse GlassesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2017 |

    Totality is over, the moon is back to playing second fiddle relative to the sun - and yet you still have six pairs of eclipse-viewing glasses left from the eclipse party you threw yesterday . One organization is planning to redistribute used eclipse viewers so that children in South America and Asia can have an equally awe-inspiring view of a total solar eclipse in 2019.


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