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Rosetta’s Final Resting Place Has Been Chosen

On Sept. 30 at approximately 10:30 UTC (06:30 EDT), the Rosetta mission will come to an end. After many days of slowly approaching the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—sending images and data back to Earth the whole way—it will settle...Show More Summary

Trilobites: How Mountains Obscured by Venus’s Clouds Reveal Themselves

Data from Europe’s Venus Express spacecraft has helped researchers better understand the hurricane-like winds that blast the second planet from the sun.

Trilobites: South African Telescope Spots 1,300 Unknown Galaxies

The distant galaxies were recorded by a set of 16 antennas that will eventually be a part of the largest telescope ever built on Earth.

EPIC Earth: A Year of Days from Space

NASA has released a pretty amazing video: It consists of over 3000 images of Earth taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the DSCOVR spacecraft. DSCOVR is in a special orbit, 1.5 million kilometers closer to the Sun than Earth, that keeps it more or less between the Earth and Sun. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 3 is Out

The Astrophiz podcast is out, Interview: Dave Hunter - Magnetometers and interpreting heliophysical satellite data. History & Theory of radio astronomy: Dr Nadeshda Cherbakov tells us about Karl Jansky. ANNNDD someone you might recognize talking about what is up in the sky this week.

The Planetary Society at San Diego Comic-Con

Whether or not you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, you can enjoy a discussion panel with Emily Lakdawalla and five science fiction authors about the future of science fiction in the context of today's amazing scientific advances.

See the ISS buzz Jupiter and Mars AGAIN (22-23 July, 2016)

The ISS passes between Mars, Saturn and Antares, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Friday 22 July at 18:03 ACST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes near Antares and Saturn, as seen from Alice Springs on the on the evening of Saturday 23 July at 18:46 ACST. Show More Summary

These Are the Anti-Heroes We Don't Deserve

So you’re anti-reality and anti-human-driven climate change, but you can’t find any way to get your kids to listen to you about it? I have just what you need: Anti-heroes for the age of anti-science. Presenting Climate Inaction Figures!...Show More Summary

Multimedia recap: Two launches, a landing, a docking, and a berthing

Four days of cargo craft mania came to a close at the International Space Station this morning, as astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams snagged an approaching SpaceX Dragon vehicle and berthed it to the laboratory's Harmony modu...

March … I Mean April… I Mean May… I Mean June 2016 Is the 6th … I Mean 7th… I Mean 8th … I Mean 9th Temperature Record-Breaking Month in a Row

N.B. If this article sounds familiar, it should. This has been happening so frequently I just copied the post for March April May and updated it. October. November. December. January. February. March. April. May And now June. For the...Show More Summary

The GOP Fiddles While America Burns

You want to know the very definition of irony? While the Republican National Convention is going on in Ohio—loaded to the hilt with people who deny the reality of global warming—the country itself is baking under a heat wave that isShow More Summary

Hubble Takes a Long Look Into the Heart of the Crab

7,500 years ago, a massive star exploded. It had lived a short life, comparatively, running through its nuclear fuel of hydrogen, helium, carbon, neon, oxygen, silicon; each element fusing faster in turn in a sprint to the finish. Silicon fuses to iron. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday July 21 to Thursday July 28

The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday July 27. Venus and Mercury rise in the early evening sky. Jupiter is visible in the early evening. Mars and Saturn are visible all evening long. Saturn is close to the red star Antares and forms a triangle with Mars. Show More Summary

Throwing Shade on a Comet

On Valentine’s Day last year—Feb. 14, 2015—the Rosetta space probe passed an astonishing six kilometers above the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Mind you, the comet is only about four km end to end, so this was a very, very close shave. The images it took at the time are amazing, but not for the obvious reason. Show More Summary

Venus (and Mercury) Returns to the Evening Sky. (17 July 2016)

Venus and Mercury above the horizon in the twilight glow at 18:06 ACST on Sunday 17 July. The inset shows Mercury and Venus at full resolution. Imaged with my Canon IXUS at 400 ASA 0.4" exposure and 3x Zoom. Click to emibggen to be able to see Mercury better.Venus and Mercury have returned to the evening sky. Show More Summary

Greenland Is Still Melting Away

A new paper just published by scientists in Geophysical Research Letters presents results of their investigation into the ice sheet covering Greenland. They found that over the four-year period from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014 Greenland...Show More Summary

Horizon Goal: A new reporting series on NASA’s Journey to Mars

We're embarking on a multi-part series with the Huffington Post about the world's largest human spaceflight program. In part 1, we look at how the Columbia accident prompted NASA and the George W. Bush administration to create a new vision for space exploration.

A Moment of Clarity in the Milky Way

There are times in life—perhaps too few, but they exist—when you can try to grasp the Universe, and a piece of understanding settles into your mind like the glow of a billion stars. This photograph, titled “Moment of Clarity”, by Michael Shainblum is the visualization of that moment. Show More Summary

Time-Lapse: Vorticity

Mike Olbinksi is a wedding photographer based out of Arizona. He’s also a storm chaser, and creates jaw-dropping time-lapse animations of weather systems that have to be seen to be believed (like “Monsoon II”, and one of a Texas supercell...Show More Summary

Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars

The Mars 2020 mission will carry microphones in its EDL package and its SuperCam instrument, which will enable us to finally hear the sounds of Mars. The Planetary Society has been trying to get microphones to Mars for 20 years and is ecstatic that these will fly.

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