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  • Solar Eclipse this Weekend

    Solar Eclipse this Weekend

    May 15, 2012

    On Sunday, May 20th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing an annular solar eclipse visible across the Pacific side of Earth from China to the United States.

  • NASA Space Telescope Sees the Light from an Alien Super-Earth

    NASA Space Telescope Sees the Light from an Alien Super-Earth

    May 8, 2012

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" beyond our solar system for the first time.

  • Perigee "Super Moon" On May 5-6

    Perigee "Super Moon" On May 5-6

    May 2, 2012

    Another "super-Moon" is in the offing. The perigee full Moon of May 5-6 will be as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012.

  • Rubber Chicken Flies into Solar Radiation Storm

    Rubber Chicken Flies into Solar Radiation Storm

    April 19, 2012

    In a unusual twist on space science, students in California have launched a rubber chicken to the edge of space to sample a solar storm.

  • The 3D Lyrid Meteor Shower

    The 3D Lyrid Meteor Shower

    April 18, 2012

    Astronomers and astronauts are joining forces for an unusual astrophotography experiment during the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower on April 21st.

  • April is the Cruelest Month

    April is the Cruelest Month

    April 13, 2012

    One year after the historic tornado outbreak of April 27-28, 2011, researchers say they've learned a few things about deadly twisters. Today's story from Science@NASA presents some of the scientific findings that emerged from the swath of destruction.

  • Venus Invades the Pleiades

    Venus Invades the Pleiades

    April 2, 2012

    This week, Venus and the Pleiades star cluster will meet in the sunset sky for a rare and beautiful conjunction.

  • Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

    Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

    March 29, 2012

    With NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovering alien worlds at a record pace, it seems to be just a matter of time before an Earth-sized planet is found in the "Goldilocks zone"--that is, in an orbit sized just right for liquid water and life. In today's story from Science@NASA, researchers discuss how they'll explore a cousin of Earth many light years away.

  • Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?

    Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?

    March 27, 2012

    Is it snowing microbes on Enceladus? The idea is not so far-fetched, say researchers, as evidence mounts for a "uniquely accessible" habitable zone on Saturn's icy moon.

  • Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere

    Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere

    March 22, 2012

    A flurry of solar activity in early March dumped enough heat in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. The heat has since dissipated, but there's more to come as the solar cycle intensifies.