Science & Astronomy

First Alien Auroras Found, Are 1 Million Times Brighter Than Any On Earth
Auroras on Brown Dwarf LSR J1835+3259
July 29th, 2015
Astronomers have discovered the first aurora ever seen outside the solar system, an alien light show more powerful than any other aurora ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter Earth's northern lights.
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NASA's Next Megarocket Could Launch Mission to Europa
NASA's Space Launch System
July 29th, 2015
The Space Launch System megarocket, scheduled to fly for the first time in 2018, will blast unmanned spacecraft toward their targets at unprecedented speeds, dramatically reducing interplanetary travel times, advocates say.
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Mystery Solved? Why Pluto's Big Moon Charon Has a Red Pole
Red Pole on Charon
July 29th, 2015
The dark red pole on Pluto's largest moon Charon may be some of the dwarf planet's own siphoned-off atmosphere.
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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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'Trillion-Dollar Asteroid' Zooms by Earth as Scientists Watch (Video)
Asteroid 2011 UW158
July 28th, 2015
An asteroid packed with about $5 trillion worth of platinum zoomed past Earth on Sunday (July 19). Asteroid 2011 UW158 missed Earth by about 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers), researchers said.
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'Bathtub Rings' On Saturn Moon Titan Suggest Dynamic Seas
Titan's Filled and Dry Lakes
July 29th, 2015
The desert regions of Saturn's moon Titan may have once hosted water that left behind traces of dry material on the surface, like rings on a bathtub, new research suggests.
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Dwarf Planet Ceres' Mountains and Craters Get Names in NASA Maps
Color-Coded Maps of Dwarf Planet Ceres
July 29th, 2015
Colorful new maps of the dwarf planet Ceres reveal its dramatic mountains and deep craters, now with official new names.
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