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Science Wire | Aug 22, 2014

New Voyager map reveals Neptune’s strange moon Triton

New map from a 1989 spacecraft flyby gives us a glimpse of an unseen world.

Neptune's rings via Voyager 2.
Blogs | This Date in Science | Aug 22, 2014

This date in science: Definitive discovery of Neptune’s rings

A few days before the NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 skimmed by Neptune in 1989, it acquired images of a faint, continuous ring system encircling the planet.

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Science Wire | Aug 20, 2014

Wow! Spectacular landscape of star formation

New image of star-forming regions in southern Milky Way. Star cluster NGC 3603 is 20,000 light-years away. Glowing gas clouds NGC 3576 is about half as far.

Hoax image via social media.
Blogs | Tonight | Aug 20, 2014

Double moon on August 27?

Will Mars and the moon will appear the same size on August 27, 2014? Nope.

View larger. | A routine wheel survey on sol 631 found the right rear wheel perched atop a spike-shaped rock firmly embedded in the ground.
Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Curiosity rover is having wheel problems

Mission planners didn’t anticipate that Curiosity would be driving over an area on Mars that has sharp, pyramid-shaped rocks embedded in hard ground.

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Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Strange case of M82 X-1: A rare midsize black hole

A black hole candidate known as M82 X-1 appears to have a mass of about 400 suns, making it one of only half a dozen suspected midsize black holes.

Curiosity self-portrait Feb. 3, 2013 via NASA
Science Wire | Aug 18, 2014

Video: Our Curiosity

A video love letter to the Curiosity rover on Mars, narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day.

Trifid Nebula, aka M20, by Martin MacPhee
Blogs | Photos | Tonight | Aug 18, 2014

Exploring the Trifid Nebula

It’s a stellar nursery, a cluster of young stars, a bright red emission nebula, a lovely blue reflection nebula, and an interesting dark nebula divided into three …

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Science Wire | Aug 16, 2014

New video of Pluto and giant moon Charon

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft created this new video of stills taken of the Pluto-Charon system over five days last month.

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Science Wire | Aug 14, 2014

First dust grains from beyond our solar system

A collector dropped to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft may have contained the first known contemporary dust grains from outside our solar system.