Science & Astronomy

'Floating Spoon' on Mars Is Just a Weird Rock, But Still Awesome
Is that really a floating spoon on Mars? No, but this photo from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity this week does show a weird rock that looks like a floating spoon. It was likely sculpted by Martian winds, NASA says.
September 3rd, 2015
A so-called "floating spoon" on Mars spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover is cooking up a storm on the Internet, but it's actually a cool rock formation sculpted over time by the Martian winds, officials with the space agency say.
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Flower Power: Giant 'Starshades' Prepped for Exoplanet Hunting
Sunflower-Shaped Starshade
September 4th, 2015
Before petal-shaped starshades can be sent to space to study alien planets, they must first be thoroughly tested in Earth's mountains and deserts.
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Tatooine-Like Planets with 2 Suns Need Perfect Ingredients to Form
Alpha Centauri with Close-Orbiting Stars
September 2nd, 2015
Astronomers have long struggled with how young planets form around pairs of stars without destroying themselves, but new research suggests it can be done with the perfect setup: a massive, slightly elongated disk of debris from the star.
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Prawn Nebula View Offers Stunning Glimpse of 'Cosmic Recycling' (Video)
Prawn Nebula from La Silla
September 2nd, 2015
A new view of the Prawn Nebula shows "cosmic recycling" at work: Glowing clusters of newborn stars illuminate surrounding gas, expelled from an earlier stellar generation, which will eventually form into even newer stars.
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The Brightest Planets in September’s Night Sky: How to See Them (and When)
Venus, September 2015
September 1st, 2015
Eye-popping Venus, low-riding Mercury and stealthy Saturn will all make appearances among the bright objects in September's night sky, and this day-by-day description shows how to find them.
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LISA Pathfinder to Refine Hunt for Gravitational Waves
Artist's Impression of LISA Pathfinder
September 3rd, 2015
A new spacecraft will test ideas to find gravitational waves in the universe
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Hell On Earth: NASA Recreates Venus' Extreme Atmosphere
Cloud Features on Venus
September 2nd, 2015
A pressure chamber used to simulate harsh environments, such as what exists on Venus, Saturn's moon Titan and the giant planets, is open for business at NASA's Glenn Research Center.
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