Science & Astronomy

Vader Crater, Kirk & Spock! 'Star Wars,' 'Star Trek' Collide on Pluto Moon
Informal Names for Features on Pluto’s Moon Charon
August 3rd, 2015
The team behind NASA's New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever Pluto flyby last month, has named some Charon craters after characters from the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises, including Darth Vader and Capt. James T. Kirk.
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International Astronomical Union Meeting Kicks Off in Hawaii
Milky Way Glows Over Hawaiʻi's Halemaʻumaʻu Crater
August 3rd, 2015
Astronomers from all over the world are gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss the most cutting edge space science around. Members of the public can join the scientists for talks and stargazing events.
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3D Supernova Simulation Turns Back Clock on Star Explosions
Massive Star Collapse
August 3rd, 2015
Enormous stars collapse in ultramassive supernova explosions — now in 3D! For the first time ever, researchers have turned back the clock on a star's final moments to simulate how wrinkles in its violent collapse trigger a vast explosion.
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Best Space Stories of the Week — August 2, 2015
Auroras on Brown Dwarf LSR J1835+3259
August 2nd, 2015
An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in Space.com's top news stories of the week.
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Volcanoes Dot Snowy Russian Landscape in New Photo from Space
July 31st, 2015
The ashy peak of a volcano stands out amid a snowy scene, hinting at a recent eruption, in newly released images from NASA.
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'Magnetic' Discovery May Reveal Why Earth Supports Life and Mars Doesn't
Earth's Magnetic Field
July 31st, 2015
Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from harmful blasts of solar radiation, is much older than scientists had previously thought, researchers say.
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'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy
Cryogenian Period Ice Age
August 3rd, 2015
Climate modelers go back in time to simulate past Snowball Earth conditions and find that complete freeze-over is hard to achieve.
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Is Our Universe a Fake?
Across the Universe - 10,000 galaxies, hubble images
July 31st, 2015
Could we actually be living in the Matrix? You might be surprised.
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Cassini Spacecraft to Make Final Flybys of 2 Icy Saturn Moons
Plumes of Enceladus
July 31st, 2015
For the next six months, NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft will get its final look at two icy moons -- one famous and one not so well-known -- before preparing for mission's end in 2017.
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