Science & Astronomy

Astronomy Detectives Reveal Origin of Monet's 'Impression' Painting
Monet Impression, Sunrise
September 16th, 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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Saturn's Weird Fast-Changing Ring Baffles Scientists
Saturn and Moon Mimas Near RIngs
September 15th, 2014
NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft spotted many bright clumps in Saturn's F ring when they flew by the gas giant in the early 1980s.
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Colorful 1st Map of Rosetta Probe's Comet Target Revealed
Map of Rosetta's Comet
September 12th, 2014
Scientists drew borders around the distinct landscapes of a comet where the Rosetta spacecraft will land this fall.
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US Military's Meteor Explosion Data Can Help Scientists Protect Earth
Artist's View of 2013 Fireball Over Chelyabinsk, Russia
September 15th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force and NASA have ironed out problems that prevented scientists from obtaining a steady stream of military tracking data on meteor explosions within Earth's atmosphere. The result could help researchers safeguard Earth from potential impact
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Europe Unveils Comet Landing Site for Historic Rosetta Mission
The Philae comet lander on the European Rosetta spacecraft will land on Target J on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on  Nov. 11, 2014.
September 15th, 2014
The European Space Agency on Monday (Sept. 15) unveiled the target comet landing site for its historic Rosetta mission, which will drop the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November.
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Discovery! First Water Ice Clouds Found Beyond Our Solar System
Astronomers have detected traces of water ice clouds in the atmosphere of the brown dwarf WISE 0855, a misfit failed star about 7.2 light-years from Earth. The discovery is the first time water ice clouds have been found beyond the solar system, scientist
September 12th, 2014
For the first time, astronomers have detected water ice clouds, like the ones that shroud Earth, around a dim celestial body outside of our solar system.
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NASA Defends Science Plan for Mars Rover Curiosity
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity captured this self-portrait during April and May in 2014 during its second year on the Red Planet.
September 12th, 2014
NASA is staunchly defending the science plans for its flagship Mars rover Curiosity in the wake of a recent senior-level review that at times harshly criticized the mission's science operations.
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