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Science Wire | Jul 14, 2015

Pluto’s time to shine

Guide and timetable to this week’s exciting events as New Horizons spacecraft encounters Pluto! Countdown on NASA TV begins 7:30 EDT (11:30 UTC) Tuesday.

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Science Wire | Jul 14, 2015

The women of New Horizons’ Pluto flyby

Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. Science team leader Fran Bagenal said, “This isn’t remarkable – it’s just how it is.”

Science Wire | Jul 14, 2015

Space artist depicted Pluto 36 years ago

Space artist Don Dixon captured Pluto in a painting 36 years before the New Horizons spacecraft revealed what it actually looks like.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Jul 14, 2015

July 2015 guide to the five visible planets

Sure, Venus and Jupiter are still amazing. But they’ll soon be gone. Learn what to expect here. Plus … see Saturn, visible from nightfall until the wee hours.

Science Wire | Jul 13, 2015

Pluto time around the world

How light is noon on Pluto? This video from NASA and worldwide space fans, replicates Pluto’s noontime light conditions from places all over Earth.

Pluto as seen with a 12" S/C telescope (14.3 mag.) on July 10th, 06:16 UT. Photo by Efrain Morales, of Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe.
Science Wire | Jul 13, 2015

How to see Pluto in your sky

Pluto is 1,000 times too faint to see with the eye. Telescope users spot it by locating Pluto among the stars and watching nightly for the object that moves.

Science Wire | Jul 13, 2015

This black hole outgrew its galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole – among the most massive black holes ever found – inside a normal-sized galaxy.

What can what’s on the moon tell us about our home planet? Image credit: NASA,
Science Wire | Jul 11, 2015

What the moon tells us about Earth

Moon might harbor bits blasted off Earth billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets of what Earth was like as life first emerged.

The James Webb Space Telescope
Science Wire | Jul 11, 2015

Will James Webb Telescope find new Earths?

If we took Earth and Venus – and had them orbit a cool, red star not too far away – could the James Webb Space Telescope tell which planet was habitable?

Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment, a joint venture between China and USA (photo of the documentation of the construction).  This experiment is designed to detect sterile neutrinos. Image via ROY KALTSCHMIDT Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Science Wire | Jul 10, 2015

Cosmologists look beyond Standard Model

Cosmology – the science of the origin and development of the universe – has made progress in recent years. But many questions remain unanswered.