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Total solar eclipse via Fred Espenak
Blogs | Jan 07, 2015

How many solar and lunar eclipses in one calendar year?

Each calendar year has at least four eclipses – two solar and two lunar. Most years have four, but five, six or even seven eclipses are also possible.

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Science Wire | Jan 07, 2015

Awesome new project Sounds of the Night

Project Nightflight in Austria has a new web platform, presenting not just astrophotos, but also the sounds they heard while capturing them. It’s wonderful.

Meteor via Cumbrian Sky
Blogs | Tonight | Jan 07, 2015

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!

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Science Wire | Jan 06, 2015

New sharpest-ever view of Andromeda galaxy

The image has a staggering 1.5 billion pixels, so you’d need 600 HD television screens to display it. A piece of the image, and links to a zoomable version, here.

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Science Wire | Jan 06, 2015

Mind-boggling Fermi Bubbles probed via quasar light

Among other discoveries, a team of astronomers found that the core of our Milky Way galaxy drives a wind at 2 million miles per hour.

Image via SpaceX
Science Wire | Jan 06, 2015

With one minute remaining, SpaceX aborts today’s launch of Falcon 9

The soonest Space X can try again to launch Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft – on a mission to resupply the International Space Station – is Friday.

New view of the Pillars of Creation — visible
Science Wire | Jan 05, 2015

Wow! Stunning new Pillars of Creation

One of the most beloved Hubble Space Telescope images is called the Pillars of Creation, first captured in 1995. Check out this new Hubble image of the pillars!

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Science Wire | Jan 05, 2015

Slow spin of older stars key in the search for life

This is “gyrochronology,” from Greek words gyros (rotation), chronos (time). It can help identify distant planets old enough for complex life to have evolved.

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Science Wire | Jan 05, 2015

How to make an Earth

New evidence suggests that the basic ingredients for our Earth would likely go into making distant rocky exoplanets, orbiting other stars, as well.

Super-Earth illustration via Kepler/NASA
Science Wire | Jan 05, 2015

Super-Earths may have long-lasting oceans

Planets with two to four times the mass of Earth are even better at establishing and maintaining oceans than our Earth, according to new research.