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Top 3 stories July 19-Dec 31, 2011:
NASA Telescope Confirms Alien Planet in Habitable Zone
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has detected more than 1,000 new alien planet candidates, and confirmed its first exoplanet in its host star's habitable zone.
Saturday's Lunar Eclipse Will Include 'Impossible' Sight
Saturday's (Dec. 10) total lunar eclipse will offer the sight of a rare cosmic alignment called a senelion, where the moon and the sun are both visible from Earth at the same time during an eclipse.
Lunar Eclipse Will Supersize Blood-Red Moon Saturday
A total lunar eclipse will occur Dec. 10, 2011, when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon. The eclipse will make the moon appear bright red and supersized.
Top 3 stories Dec. 31, 2011 – June 2, 2012:
'Supermoon' Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week
The full moon on Saturday, May 5, will be the brightest and largest of the year when the moon's perigee coincides with its full phase.
Huge Solar Flare's Magnetic Storm May Disrupt Satellites, Power Grids
A massive solar flare that erupted March 6 is the strongest in five years and may trigger satellite and power grid disruptions, scientists say.
Huge Solar Eruption Sparks Strongest Radiation Storm in 7 Years
A powerful M9-class solar flare erupted early Jan. 23 (GMT) has triggered the strongest radiation storm since 2005, NOAA says. The solar flare has also triggered a geomagnetic storm on Earth and could amplify northern lights displays.
Top 3 stories from June 2, 2012 – Dec. 28, 2012:
Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say
Faster than light travel may actually be possible using a warp drive to bend space around a starship. New calculations suggest such a vehicle would require less energy than once thought.
Webcast: World's Highest Skydive Success (Red Bull Stratos)
An Austrian daredevil plummeted into the record books Tuesday morning (Oct. 9), breaking the mark for highest-ever skydive after leaping from a balloon nearly 23 miles above Earth's surface.
'Super-Earth' Alien Planet May Be Habitable for Life
Astronomers have detected an exoplanet that may be capable of supporting life as we know it — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things.
Top 3 stories from Dec. 28, 2012 to June 11, 2013:
Warp Speed, Scotty? Star Trek's FTL Drive May Actually Work
NASA scientists are working on an actual field test of the theoretical principle behind warp drives.
Wanted: Mars Colonists to Explore Red Planet
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which hopes to put the first boots on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements today.
Most Earth-like Exoplanet Discovery Explained (Infographic)
The potentially Earth-like planet KOI 172.02 has yet to be confirmed, but it could potentially have water and life.
Top 3 stories from June 11, 2013 to Dec. 26, 2013:
Nighttime Rocket Launch Tuesday Visible from US East Coast
A rocket launch from Virginia Tuesday night (Nov. 19) could be visible to millions of observers along the U.S. East Coast as it launches a record 29 satellites into orbit. Here's how to watch the nighttime launch.
August's Blue Moon: Lunar Oddity of Night Sky Explained
The full moon of Tuesday, Aug. 20, is technically a 'Blue Moon,' but only if we follow an obscure rule of astronomy. See the history of what makes a Blue Moon here.
Earth Life Likely Came from Mars, Study Suggests
An oxidized form of the element molybdenum, which may have crucial to the origin of life, was likely available on the Red Planet's surface long ago but unavailable on Earth, biochemist Steven Benner says.
Since Dec. 26, 2013:
'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo)
A pulsar produced by a supernova blows a wind of particles into surrounding material, creating a hand-like shape in the new NASA image.
Rebooting 'Cosmos': Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why Iconic TV Series Returns in 2014
Rebooting Carl Sagan's seminal "Cosmos" miniseries three decades later is almost impossible — unless you happen to be renowned astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.