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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:08:20 -0500

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.



An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.



President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:19:00 -0500

"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.



A Record-Breaking Astronaut

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:46 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with astronaut Peggy Whitson, who returned from a mission to the International Space Station this fall. Whitson has spent more time in space than any other American.



WATCH: N.J. Dashcam Captures Brilliant Nighttime Streak

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:11:53 -0500

A police officer on patrol in the pre-dawn hours saw a meteor and managed to record it, which has lit up social media.



Strange Parallels: Alternative Histories In Physics And Culture

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:10:00 -0500

Ideas of parallel universes and alternative histories, once confined to mere rumination about lost opportunities and fictional scenarios, are now a part of science, says guest writer Paul Halpern.



Massive Black Hole Reveals When The First Stars Blinked On

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:01:00 -0500

Scientists have detected a black hole thought to be about 800 million times as massive as our sun that is helping to reveal when the universe filled with starlight.



Making Pizza In Space

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:17:00 -0500

Astronauts at the International Space Station sent down video of pizza night. Without gravity, they made pizza tossing look like a slow game of Frisbee.



Planet Money Goes To Space

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:55:00 -0500

No really, we are going into low Earth orbit.



The Planet Money Mission Patch

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:05:00 -0500

No space mission is complete without a patch. We made our own.



Dance By The Light Of The 2017 Supermoon: The How And When

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:02:00 -0500

The last and only visible such moon of 2017 will appear Dec. 3. The best time to see it is at sunset or the following morning at sunrise, when the moon is near the horizon.



Video: A View Of A Breathing Earth

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:48:00 -0500

In this visualization, based on data collected by scientists, we see Earth changing — its plants, surface winds and sea currents responding to the energy coming from the sun, says Marcelo Gleiser.



Idaho Dims The Lights For One Of The Best Night Skies Anywhere

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:59:33 -0500

Central Idaho hopes to land on a very short list of the best places on Earth to see the Milky Way at night.



NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center are hoping to use virtual reality technology to study space, and Earth, without leaving their offices. Talented high school students are helping.



The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:00 -0500

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.