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04/18/2014 08:14 AM
Watch Live Webcast: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light
Just a month ago came the news of the first direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the Universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang. This almost unimaginably fast expansion when the Universe was only a trillionth […]

04/18/2014 06:23 AM
Get Ready for the Lyrid Meteor Shower: Our Complete Guide for 2014
The month of April doesn’t only see showers that bring May flowers: it also brings the first dependable meteor shower of the season. We’re talking about the Lyrid meteors, and although 2014 finds the circumstances for this meteor shower as less than favorable, there’s still good reason to get out this weekend and early next […]

04/17/2014 02:47 PM
SpaceX Dragon launch to ISS Marches Towards April 18 Liftoff after Helium Leak Forces Scrub – Watch Live
NASA and SpaceX are marching forward towards a Friday, April 18 liftoff attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket sending a commercial Dragon cargo craft on the company’s third resupply mission to the International Space Station following the scrubbed launch attempt on Monday, April 14 – forced by the discovery of a Helium gas leak inside […]

04/17/2014 12:00 PM
Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!
It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it’s much too soon to tell if this really is a “twin […]

04/17/2014 10:39 AM
Ceres and Vesta Converge in Virgo, Watch it Happen With Just Binoculars
Don’t let them pass you by. Right now and continuing through July, the biggest and brightest asteroids will be running on nearly parallel tracks in the constellation Virgo and so close together they’ll easily fit in the same binocular field of view. (...)Read the rest of Ceres and Vesta Converge in Virgo, Watch it Happen […]

04/17/2014 10:09 AM
New Hubble View Shows Objects a Billion Times Fainter Than Your Eyes Can See
While this image isn’t as deep as the Hubble Deep Field, this 14-hour exposure by the Hubble Space Telescope shows objects around a billion times fainter than what can be seen with the human eyes alone. Astronomers say this image also offers a remarkable depth of field that lets us see more than halfway to […]

04/16/2014 03:06 PM
SpaceX Leases Historic Launch Complex 39A from NASA for new Era of Commercial Space Launches
The keys to NASA’s historic launch Pad 39A that propelled humanity’s first man to walk on the Moon – Neil Armstrong – during the history making flight of Apollo 11, have been handed over to new owners, namely the private aerospace firm SpaceX for a new purpose – serving as a commercial launch facility. NASA […]

04/16/2014 12:04 PM
Um, You Can See a Car on Mars
First of all, I completely stole this headline from NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowski (AKA The Mohawk Guy) on Twitter. Second, this is just a great image of the Curiosity rover sitting on Mars, including views of its tracks and where it did a wheelie or two. Plus, where the rover now sits is a very […]

04/16/2014 08:28 AM
Astronauts to Reveal Sobering Data on Asteroid Impacts
This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO […]

04/16/2014 07:14 AM
German Impact Crater Could Have Hosted Early Life On Earth
Could life thrive in the devastated rock left behind after a meteorite impact? A new study hints that possibly, that could be the case. Researchers discovered what they think are geological records of biological activity inside of Nördlinger Ries, a crater in Germany that is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) wide. (...)Read the rest of German Impact […]


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