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A NASA Mission to Touch the Sun Launches Saturday! Here's How to Watch

1 week ago from Space.com

The sun will come out tomorrow — but before it does, the Parker Solar Probe will lift off from Florida aboard a massive rocket, on its way to learn our...

Short-Term Thinking May Pose the Biggest Hurdle to Interstellar Exploration

1 week ago from Space.com

The biggest hurdle to mounting an interstellar mission may be humanity's short attention span.

NASA Spotted a Vast, Glowing 'Hydrogen Wall' at the Edge of Our Solar System

1 week ago from Space.com

There's a vast "hydrogen wall" at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it.

Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

1 week ago from Live Science

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to dazzle the night sky with hundreds of shooting stars on Saturday and Sunday night (Aug. 11 and 12).

A faint glow found between galaxies could be a beacon for dark matter

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

Intracluster light may help reveal where dark matter resides within galaxy clusters.

Satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetosphere promise better space weather forecasts

1 week ago from Physorg

Earth is constantly being hammered by charged particles emitted by the sun with enough power to make life on Earth almost impossible. Life is only possible because Earth's magnetic field...

Students digging into data archive spot mysterious X-ray source

1 week ago from European Space Agency

An enigmatic X-ray source revealed as part of a data-mining project for high-school students shows unexplored avenues hidden in the vast archive of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory.

Ray Romano says Martin Scorsese never heard of him before 'Vinyl' audition

1 week ago from UPI

Ray Romano told UPI that filmmaker Martin Scorsese had no idea who he was before Romano auditioned for the pilot of Scorsese's drama "Vinyl."

Famous birthdays for Aug. 10: Antonio Banderas, Kylie Jenner

1 week ago from UPI

Actor Antonio Banderas turns 58 and model/television personality Kylie Jenner turns 21, among the famous birthdays for August 10.

Callisto: Facts About Jupiter's (Not So) Dead Moon

1 week ago from Space.com

Callisto is thought to be a long dead world, with hardly any geologic activity on its surface. But an ocean may lie underground.

Watch: Gary Woodland earns one stroke lead after first round of PGA Championship

1 week ago from UPI

Gary Woodland leads the field at the 2018 PGA Championship after firing a six-under-par 64 in the first round Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Why the Perseid Meteor Shower Blazes Through the Sky Every Summer

1 week ago from Live Science

Here's why you can expect a dazzling show in the night sky this weekend.

Penalty kick research hits the spot

1 week ago from Physorg

New research from the University of Portsmouth could help UK Premiership footballers ahead of the new season, which starts tonight.

NASA Spotted a Vast, Glowing 'Hydrogen Wall' at the Edge of Our Solar System

1 week ago from Live Science

There's a vast "hydrogen wall" at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Is Ready for a Saturday Launch

1 week ago from Space.com

NASA's new mission to "touch the sun" is packed up, buckled in and ready to launch during a window opening Aug. 11 at 3:33 a.m. EDT (0733 GMT), according to...

NASA Data Is Making Video Games Stunningly Realistic

1 week ago from Space.com

NASA data is helping video game companies create hyper-realistic snow-capped mountains for you to shred on.

Omega Centauri unlikely to harbor life

1 week ago from Physorg

Searching for life in the vast universe is an overwhelming task, but scientists can cross one place off their list.

NASA sees Hector's large eye after passing Hawaii

1 week ago from Physorg

Hurricane Hector continued to move west through the Central Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and saw the storm's large eye that was a result of eyewall replacement.

Terra Satellite finds Shanshan's strength sapped

1 week ago from Physorg

NASA's Terra satellite caught an infrared view of former typhoon Shanshan off the east coast of Japan and saw the storm fading.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is about to lift off

1 week ago from Physorg

At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be abuzz with excitement. At that moment, NASA's Parker...

Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars

1 week ago from Physorg

A pair of dwarf galaxies closely circling the Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, were in the throes of merging into one when they fell into our galaxy....

Time saving tooling rods used on NASA's Webb Telescope sunshield

1 week ago from Physorg

Folding and refolding bed sheets to ensure they are squared can take a lot of time. It's the same with unfurling and folding up NASA's massive James Webb Space Telescope...

Astrophysicists discover that ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

1 week ago from Physorg

Recent observations by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes of ultrahot Jupiter-like planets have perplexed theorists. The spectra of these planets have suggested they have exotic—and improbable—compositions.

Ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

1 week ago from Science Daily

An unusual kind of star-planet hybrid atmosphere is emerging from studies of ultrahot planets orbiting close to other stars.

Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars

1 week ago from Science Daily

In a new study, astronomers show how gas expelled in the merger of two small galaxies can linger across vast distances for billions of years, where it may eventually feed...

Penalty kick research hits the spot

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

New research from the University of Portsmouth could help footballers improve the accuracy of their penalty kicks.

Watch: Witness films large dust devil in California

1 week ago from UPI

A traveler on a California road captured video of a huge dust devil carrying a column of dirt through the air.

NASA's solar probe cleared for launch on mission to "touch the sun"

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

The solar probe is "the coolest hottest mission under the sun," one scientist says