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Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Nov 23, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

2014 Geminid meteor shower will feature a last quarter moon. Some bright Geminids will withstand moonlight! Evenings December 12 and 13. Mornings December 13 and 14.

Geminid meteor by Mike O'Neal.
Blogs | Tonight | Nov 23, 2014

Everything you need to know: Geminid meteor shower

Peak viewing for the 2014 Geminid meteor shower will probably occur on from late evening December 13 through dawn on December 14.

View larger. | Time line of the universe via NASA/WMAP Science Team
Science Wire | Nov 22, 2014

Study says gravity and Higgs boson interacted to save the universe

One second after the Big Bang, the Higgs boson should have caused a Big Crunch, collapsing the universe to nothing. But gravity saved the day.

The "Dumbbell Nebula"
Blogs | Nov 22, 2014

Ten things you might not know about space

Ten oddities and misconceptions about space that you may — or may not — have heard before.

Artist's concept via ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab.
Science Wire | Nov 21, 2014

Thud of Philae landing on comet

Take 2 seconds to listen to a sound made 311 million miles away.

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Science Wire | Nov 21, 2014

What makes a halo around the sun or moon?

A ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a halo by scientists.

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Blogs | This Date in Science | Nov 20, 2014

This date in science: Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe

Hubble helped change our cosmology: our idea of the universe as a whole.

Using the Keck II telescope in Hawaii, researchers obtained high-resolution images of Markarian 177 and SDSS1133 using a near-infrared filter. Twin bright spots in the galaxy's central region are consistent with recent star formation, a disturbance that hints this galaxy may have merged with another. Image credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/M. Koss (ETH Zurich) et al.
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Is this exotic object an ejected black hole or a huge star?

Is SDSS1133 a supermassive black hole ejected from its home galaxy, or the remains of a massive star that exploded as a supernova? Astronomers aren’t sure.

A very young galaxy, recently discovered by Japanese astronomers using the Subaru Telescope.
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Subaru Telescope detects sudden appearance of 7 galaxies in early universe

Japanese astronomers probing deeply back into our universe’s early history have found 7 galaxies at a time when the universe was only 700 million years old.

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Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Video: Could humans actually live on planet Mars?

Could we survive on Mars? The AsapSCIENCE guys address the question.

View larger | This diagram shows key differences between men and women in cardiovascular, immunologic, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, and behavioral adaptations to human spaceflight.
Image credit: NASA/NSBRI
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Men and women adapt differently to spaceflight

A study looks at differences in the ways that men and women’s bodies react to time spent in space.

View larger. | This artist's impression shows schematically the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures that they inhabit that observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed. These alignments are over billions of light-years and are the largest known in the universe.  The large-scale structure is shown in blue and quasars are marked in white with the rotation axes of their black holes indicated with a line.  This picture is for illustration only and does not depict the real distribution of galaxies and quasars.  Image via ESO/M. Kornmesser
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Bizarre black hole alignments over billions of light-years

The black holes are central to quasars in the early universe. Researchers say the probability that their aligned spin is the result of chance is less than 1%.

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Science Wire | Nov 18, 2014

Asteroid Vesta now has its own geologic maps

Vesta is revealed as a world in space – albeit a little world – in these new maps of its surface. Scientists say the maps of Vesta reveals its history.

Philae's bounce across the surface of its comet, as captured by the Rosetta mothership.  Image via ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Rosetta spots Philae’s bounce across the comet

Never-before-seen images of a bouncy comet landing! Shows Philae lander attempting to touch down in the weak gravity field of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Here’s how often small asteroids enter Earth’s atmosphere!

Data indicate that small asteroids struck Earth’s atmosphere – resulting in a bolide (a fireball, or bright meteor) – on 556 separate occasions in a 20-year period.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Looking for meteors? Try to get away from city lights

City lights drown all but the brightest stars, planets, and fireballs. But there’s still some dark out there, as this satellite view of the U.S at night shows.

Aerial view of Arecibo Observatory via Wiki Commons
This Date in Science | Nov 16, 2014

This date in science: First radio signal beamed to space

Anniversary of the first radio message intentionally beamed outward. What do you think? Should we be advertising our presence in space?

Venus because it is so close to the Sun at 0.7 AU. At that distance, the solar storms are so strong that it may not matter if there's not planetary magnetic field, the charged particles would be deposited all over the planet, producing auroras at every latitude. Illustration by C. Carreau/ESA
Science Wire | Nov 15, 2014

New clues to possible Venus auroras

For 40 years, astronomers have puzzled over signs of a green aurora on Venus, despite the planet’s lack of a magnetic field.

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Science Wire | Nov 15, 2014

Philae lander completes its main mission, then falls silent

The first-ever comet lander – Philae – made history this week by spending some 57 hours gathering data on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Leonids via NASA
Tonight | Nov 15, 2014

Everything you need to know: Leonid meteor shower

The famous Leonid meteor shower peaks between midnight and dawn on Monday (November 17) and Tuesday (November 18).

The path of the sun through the zodiac.
FAQs | Nov 14, 2014

What is the Zodiac?

The Zodiac is defined by 13 constellations that lie along the annual path of the sun across the sky.