Full Moon on Friday Is a Blue Moon: Here's Why
Blue Moon of July 2015
July 29th, 2015
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn't have anything to do with the moon's color.
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NASA Finds Closest Earth Twin Yet in Haul of 500 Alien Planets
This artist's illustration depicts what the exoplanet Kepler-452b, an Earth-size world orbiting a star like Earth's sun, may appear. NASA's Kepler Space Telescope detected the planet, which appears to be a bigger, older cousin of Earth.
July 23rd, 2015
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has spotted more than 500 new potential alien planets, including an Earth-like planet amid a dozen that may be capable of supporting life.
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Gorgeous NASA Photo Captures Earth from 1 Million Miles Away
Earth Seen by NASA's DSCOVR Satellite
July 20th, 2015
NASA released today (July 20) the first image of the sunlit side of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft from its final science orbit, and the beautiful photo has already made quite an impact.
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Giant Crater on Saturn Moon Tethys Dazzles in Spectacular Photo
Bright Basin on Saturn's Moon Tethys
July 28th, 2015
A new image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft highlights an impact basin on the Saturn moon Tethys. Called Odysseus, the 280-mile-wide (450 kilometers) impact basin is nearly half as wide as the satellite itself.
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Stephen Hawking: Intelligent Aliens Could Destroy Humanity, But Let's Search Anyway
Hawking Supports Search for Intelligent Life, Despite Fears of Destruction
July 21st, 2015
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a major new search for intelligent alien life, despite having strong fears that such creatures would destroy humanity.
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Mysterious Ice Plains Spotted on Pluto (Video)
Frozen Plains of Pluto (Annotated)
July 17th, 2015
The engimatic flat region, which researchers have dubbed "Sputnik Planum," is broken into cell-like blocks and harbors mysterious pitted terrain and dark streaks of material that may have been deposited by Plutonian wind.
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Pluto Flyby Success! NASA Probe Phones Home After Epic Encounter
New Horizons Pluto Flyby Success Confirmed
July 14th, 2015
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent a status update home to its handlers here on Earth, indicating that the probe survived its historic encounter with Pluto this morning (July 14) — and that reams of amazing data should be on the way soon.
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Here's What Pluto's Frozen 'Heart' Looks Like in False Color
The "heart" on Pluto is and other surface details are clearly visible in this stunning false-color view of the dwarf planet captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft this month. NASA unveiled the image on July 24.
July 24th, 2015
NASA unveiled a false-color look at Pluto Thursday (July 23) to highlight the weird differences in terrain on the dwarf planet. The enhanced color allows scientists to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface.
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Is E.T. Calling? Massive Search Will Scour Cosmos for Intelligent Aliens
Breakthrough Initiatives
July 20th, 2015
The most far-reaching search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is now underway: A new $100 million initiative invites the world's top minds to scour the universe for signals from distant planets, scientists announced today (July 20).
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Pluto Unveiled: NASA Photos Reveal Ice Mountains and Active Moon
New Horizons Closest View of Pluto
July 15th, 2015
The first close-up photo of Pluto revealed a mountain range rising 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) into Pluto's sky, along with a surface just 100 million years old at the most. A view of the dwarf planet's big moon Charon didn't disappoint, either.
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