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  • Watch out for the Super Harvest Moon

    Watch out for the Super Harvest Moon

    Sept. 21, 2010

    For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence sets the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.

  • Solar Storms can Change Directions, Surprising Forecasters

    Solar Storms can Change Directions, Surprising Forecasters

    Sept. 21, 2010

    Researchers using data from NASA's STEREO spacecraft have found that solar storms don't always travel in a straight line. This adds a surprising new twist to the science of space weather forecasting.

  • Closest Encounter with Jupiter until 2022

    Closest Encounter with Jupiter until 2022

    Sept. 15, 2010

    Jupiter and Earth are converging for their closest encounter in more than a decade. Only the Moon itself is outshining the giant planet in the midnight sky, and the view through a telescope is dynamite.

  • This Planet Smells Funny

    This Planet Smells Funny

    Sept. 13, 2010

    An alien world in the constellation Leo is breaking the rules of giant-planet chemistry, prompting researchers to re-think the make-up of exoplanet atmospheres.

  • Fireballs Light Up Jupiter

    Fireballs Light Up Jupiter

    Sept. 9, 2010

    In a paper published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, a group of professional and amateur astronomers announced that Jupiter is getting hit surprisingly often by small asteroids, lighting up the giant planet's atmosphere with frequent fireballs.

  • Solar Probe+ to Plunge Directly into Sun's Atmosphere

    Solar Probe+ to Plunge Directly into Sun's Atmosphere

    Sept. 2, 2010

    NASA's daring plan to visit the sun took a giant leap forward today with the selection of five key science investigations for the Solar Probe+ spacecraft.

  • Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Transiting a Single Star

    Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Transiting a Single Star

    Aug. 26, 2010

    NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered two Saturn-sized planets transiting the same sun-like star. The same system might contain a third world--a hot "super-Earth" one and a half times the size of Earth--but this is not yet confirmed. Researchers announced the results today at a NASA press conference.

  • The Mutating Mars Hoax

    The Mutating Mars Hoax

    Aug. 24, 2010

    Warning: The Mars Hoax is back--and it's mutating! Read today's story from Science@NASA to find out what's really going to happen in the night sky on August 27th.

  • Countdown to Vesta

    Countdown to Vesta

    Aug. 19, 2010

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now less than a year away from giant asteroid Vesta. Today's story from Science@NASA offers a sneak preview of an "alien, unexplored world" that seems sure to amaze.

  • Japanese Spacecraft Approaches Venus

    Japanese Spacecraft Approaches Venus

    Aug. 16, 2010

    A Japanese spacecraft named "Akatsuki" is approaching Venus on a mission that planetary scientists say could end up teaching us a great deal about our own planet Earth.