Epic Big Bang Discovery Might Just Be Space Dust
Planck's View of the Cosmic Microwave Background
September 23rd, 2014
Supposed evidence of gravitational waves from the dawn of time may actually be the signature of dust and gas in our own Milky Way galaxy, a new study reports.
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Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station on the company's third delivery flight for NASA on April  18, 2014. SpaceX will launch its fourth cargo mission for NASA on Sept. 20.
September 19th, 2014
Dragon will lift off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:16 a.m. EDT Saturday from Florida. Dragon will fly nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast, so the launch should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard.
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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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NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Mars to Probe Mysteries of Red Planet's Air
NASA Mars Orbiter Arrives at Red Planet
September 22nd, 2014
After a 10-month journey through deep space, NASA's MAVEN probe arrived in Mars orbit late Sunday, on a mission to help determine why the Red Planet changed from a warm and wet place in the ancient past to the cold, arid world it is today.
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Astronomy Detectives Reveal Origin of Monet's 'Impression' Painting
Monet's Impression, Sunrise
September 17th, 2014
Astronomical clues could pinpoint the day Claude Monet painted "Impression, Soleil Levant (Impression, Sunrise)," the piece that lent its name to the Impressionist art movement.
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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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Hints of Mysterious Dark Matter Revealed by Cosmic Rays
The AMS particle detector has been capturing cosmic ray data from the International Space Station for three years.
September 19th, 2014
The AMS particle detector aboard the International Space Station has found more evidence of dark matter in cosmic ray data.
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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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