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Tonight’s Moon-Mars-Saturn Trio Recalls Time of Terror

by Bob King August 31, 2014

Check it out. Look southwest at dusk tonight and you’ll see three of the solar system’s coolest personalities gathering for a late dinner. Saturn, Mars and the waxing crescent moon will sup in Libra ahead of the fiery red star Antares in Scorpius. All together, a wonderful display of out-of-this-world worlds. 

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What Created This Huge Crater In Siberia?

by Jason Major July 16, 2014

What is it with Russia and explosive events of cosmic origins? The 1908 Tunguska Explosion, the Chelyabinsk bolide of February 2013, and now this: an enormous 80-meter 60-meter wide crater discovered in the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia! To be fair, this crater is not currently thought to be from a meteorite impact but rather an eruption from below, […]

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German Impact Crater Could Have Hosted Early Life On Earth

by Elizabeth Howell April 16, 2014

Could life thrive in the devastated rock left behind after a meteorite impact? A new study hints that possibly, that could be the case. Researchers discovered what they think are geological records of biological activity inside of Nördlinger Ries, a crater in Germany that is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) wide. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Plastic Protection Against Cosmic Rays?

by Jason Major June 12, 2013

It could work, say researchers from the University of New Hampshire and the Southwest Research Institute. One of the inherent dangers of space travel and long-term exploration missions beyond Earth is the constant barrage of radiation, both from our own Sun and in the form of high-energy particles originating from outside the Solar System called cosmic […]

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Mercury Shows Off Its Reds, Whites, and Blues

by Jason Major May 14, 2013

At first glance, the planet Mercury may bear a striking resemblance to our own Moon. True, both are heavily-cratered, airless worlds that hide pockets of ice inside polar shadows… but there the similarities end. In addition to being compositionally different than the Moon, Mercury also has surface features that you won’t find on the lunar […]

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