Asteroid Science: How 'Armageddon' Got It Wrong
Asteroid Threatens Earth
September 16th, 2014
In the 1998 movie 'Armageddon,' an asteroid the size of Texas threatens to collide with Earth in 18 days. Despite its entertainment value, the film is fantastically inaccurate, astronomer Phil Plait said.
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'Global Selfie' Project Will Beam Earthling Message to Space
New Horizons Spacecraft
September 15th, 2014
A new project aims to send a special message from Earth — a type of global "selfie" — into space, by uploading it to a spacecraft traveling through the cosmos on its way to Pluto.
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Nicaragua Meteorite Impact Theory May Be Meteor-wrong
Meteor Crater Possibly Found in Nicaragua
September 9th, 2014
A committee formed by the Nicaraguan government determined that a new, 39-foot-wide (12 meters) crater found near capital city Managua's international airport was blasted out by a space rock strike Saturday night. But experts aren't convinced.
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Back-to-Back Sun Storms May Supercharge Earth's Northern Lights
The northern lights dance over Earth in shimmering green light on Aug. 29, 2014 in this amazing photo by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on the International Space Station. Recent solar storms on Sept. 8 and 10 may amplify Earth's northern
September 12th, 2014
Powerful solar flares from the sun this week may amplify the northern lights displays over parts of the northern United States through the weekend, space weather scientists say.
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Solar Flares to Hit Earth in Rare One-Two Punch
X1.6 class solar flare
September 11th, 2014
The sun launched back-to-back solar flares directly at Earth this week, but the geomagnetic storms pose little danger, officials said.
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The Active Sun Fired Off a Big Solar Flare: Watch It Live Today
The sun unleashed an  X-class solar flare — the most powerful type of solar eruption — on Sept. 10, 2014. This image of the Earth-directed flare was taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
September 11th, 2014
The sun fired off strong flares Tuesday and Wednesday from a sunspot known as Active Region 2158, which will be the focus of a free webcast hosted today at 1 p.m. EDT by the online Slooh Community Observatory. Watch it here on Space.com.
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