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Ursula K. Le Guin, Influential Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:51:00 EST

Writer Ursula K. Le Guin, whose work spanned multiple genres including science fiction, fantasy, poetry and essays, died on Monday (Jan. 22) at the age of 88.

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What Is A Blood Moon?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:33:00 EST

If the rays of the setting or rising sun hit the moon just right, the moon appears to turn red or ruddy-brown. This is called a blood moon.

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Shoemaker-Levy 9: Comet's Impact Left Its Mark on Jupiter

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:45:00 EST

When comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter in 1994, it sent ripple effects both physically and politically.

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Next Stop, Mars? Life-Detection Gear Passes Test on Earth

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:06:00 EST

A small, lightweight life-detection package has passed a key trial here on Earth, suggesting that it could someday hunt for microbes on Mars or the ocean moons of the outer solar system, researchers say.

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Spacewalking Astronauts Shrug Off Glitch During Repair Job on Space Station

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:09:00 EST

Two NASA astronauts embarked on a spacewalk today (Jan. 23) and successfully replaced a degraded piece of equipment outside of the International Space Station, despite a software glitch that left the team running behind schedule.

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The Best Places to See the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse of Jan. 31

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:17:00 EST

Skywatchers in Alaska, the Hawaiian islands and the western part of North America will have the best view of the rare "Super Blue Blood Moon" in the early morning of Jan. 31.

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Air Force Maintains Trust in SpaceX After Secret Zuma Mission: Report

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:29:00 EST

The U.S. Air Force has given SpaceX a qualified vote of confidence in the wake of the presumed loss of the mysterious Zuma satellite, according to Bloomberg News.

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Weird Winds Blow the 'Wrong Way' on Scorching Hot Exoplanet

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:05:00 EST

If you're looking to beat the heat on exoplanet CoRoT-2b, astronomers found the hottest spot in a surprising location.

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Image of the Day

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:30:00 EST

Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky captured this photo of the Himalayas as seen from the International Space Station.

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Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:55:00 EST

In mid-November, the fickle Leonid meteor shower hits Earth once again. The annual shower will peak Nov. 17.

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:30:00 EST

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light this August as Earth passes through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This year, though, the moon may interfere with the show. Here's how and when to see the Perseids.

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Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:20:00 EST

Some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the Orionid meteor shower, which will peak between Oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early November.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

In late April, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a view of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dusty trail of a comet with a centuries-long orbit around the sun.

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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where and How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower from late April to mid-May offers a long stretch of spectacular 'shooting stars' that even a casual observer can spot in the night sky.

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Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

The Geminid meteor shower peaks the night of Dec. 13-14. This guide tells you the best times and places to see these shooting stars (no equipment necessary).

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Ursid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

The 2018 Ursid meteor shower will peak the night of Dec. 21, but the glowing moon will drown out an increased number of meteors.

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Dark Energy Survey Finds New Stellar Streams Infiltrating the Milky Way

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:45:00 EST

Sky watchers discovered 11 new streams of stars that are the remnants of nearby galaxies and star clusters absorbed by the Milky Way.

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Twilight Haze Shines Over Saturn's Big Moon Titan in Gorgeous Cassini Photo

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:41:00 EST

A stunning new view of Saturn's largest moon Titan captures beautiful layers of blue-yellow haze dancing through the moon's atmosphere.

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