Mars Hoaxes: Why We Believe
Image that accompanies a widespread hoax email.
August 27th, 2015
Mars is not going to look as big as the moon in the night sky. But the fact that we want it to may say something about us.
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If Pluto Keeps Spewing Nitrogen, Why Is It Still Full of It?
Pluto's Backlit Atmosphere
August 20th, 2015
Something mysterious is happening on the surface of Pluto: No matter how much nitrogen the atmosphere releases into space, it's still chock-full of the stuff. New work examines the possible culprits for the stealthy nitrogen resupply.
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'Best Meteor Shower in Years': Perseids Put on a Spectacular Show
2015 Perseid Meteor Shower in the Danish Sky
August 14th, 2015
The moon posed no obstacle as the Perseid meteor shower peaked last night, giving skywatchers the best views of shooting stars in years — even in areas that normally have too much light to see a thing. And the show will be back on tonight, although there
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Mars Hoaxes! 6 Stubborn Red Planet Conspiracy Theories
Mars Hubble Photo
August 27th, 2015
Here are some misconceptions about Mars that just won't die.
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No Asteroid Is Threatening to Hit Earth Next Month, NASA Says
Dangerous Asteroid: Artist's Concept
August 20th, 2015
For the last few months, rumors have circulated that a big asteroid will slam into Earth near Puerto Rico between Sept. 15 and Sept. 28, wreaking widespread destruction. Don't believe the hype.
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Found! 'Young Jupiter,' the Smallest Exoplanet Directly Seen by Telescope
Exoplanet 51 Eridani b
August 14th, 2015
Astronomers have detected the smallest alien planet yet to be directly photographed by a telescope on Earth, a methane-shrouded gas giant much like a young Jupiter. The planet 51 Eridani b orbits a star 96 light-years from Earth and resembles a young Jupi
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It's Official: The Universe Is Dying Slowly
Galaxy at Different Wavelengths
August 11th, 2015
The slow death of the universe was revealed in 21 wavelengths, as scientists map the energy of a nearby region of space.
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Has Stephen Hawking Just Solved a Huge Black-Hole Mystery?
This artist's concept shows a black hole's surroundings, including its accretion disk, jet and magnetic field.
August 26th, 2015
Hawking and two colleagues propose that information isn't destroyed at the heart of a black hole; it's stored at the black hole's boundary in holographic form.
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'Eiffel Tower' Prominence Towers Over The Sun
Eiffel Tower prominence on sun
August 18th, 2015
An astrophotographer spotted a beautifully-formed solar prominence that looks like a giant version of the famous Parisian landmark.
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Perseid Meteor Shower: Best Places to See 'Shooting Stars' This Week
Perseid Meteor Shower
August 11th, 2015
The annual Perseid meteor shower is typically the most spectacular "shooting star" display for people in the Northern Hemisphere, and this week, skywatchers could be in for a remarkable show.
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