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Science Wire | Aug 11, 2015

Swirling mystery of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly over Jupiter for the past 150 years, but scientists still aren’t sure what causes the gigantic storm’s reddish hues.

Sun's path through the zodiac.
Science Wire | Aug 10, 2015

Dates of sun’s entry into each Zodiac constellation

Dates of sun’s entry into each zodiacal constellation and the corresponding ecliptic longitude (sun’s position in degrees, east of the March equinox point).

EGSY8p7 is the most distant confirmed galaxy whose spectrum obtained with the W. M. Keck Observatory places it at a redshift of 8.68 at a time when the universe was less than 600 million years old. The illustration shows the remarkable progress made in recent years in probing early cosmic history. Such studies are important in understanding how the Universe evolved from an early dark period to one when galaxies began to shine. Hydrogen emission from EGSY8p7 may indicate it is the first known example of an early generation of young galaxies emitting unusually strong radiation.
Science Wire | Aug 10, 2015

Astronomers measure most distant galaxy

The galaxy, called EGSY8p7, is about 13.2 billion light-years away. That means astronomers are now seeing it as it existed just 600 million years after the Big Bang.

In this closest-yet view, the brightest spots within a crater in the northern hemisphere of the dwarf planet Ceres are revealed to be composed of many smaller spots. Their exact nature remains unknown.  Image via NASA Dawn mission.
Science Wire | Aug 07, 2015

Video: Cruise over dwarf planet Ceres

Take a tour of weird Ceres! Visit the mysterious bright spots and a 4-mile-tall mountain. And get your red/blue glasses out for a global view in 3D.

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Science Wire | Aug 07, 2015

Is this the largest feature in the universe?

Astronomers have found what appears to be the largest feature in the universe: a ring of gamma ray bursts – and hence galaxies – 5 billion light years across.

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Science Wire | Aug 06, 2015

How sunlight pushes asteroids

What makes the difference between a near-miss asteroid and a potential hit? Scientists think it might be related to a force called the Yarkovsky effect.

Photo by Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho
FAQs | Aug 05, 2015

When is the next supermoon?

The next supermoon will be on September 28, 2015, to stage the closest supermoon of the year and a Super Blood Moon eclipse!

The asteroid Euphrosyne glides across a field of background stars in this time-lapse view from NASA's WISE spacecraft. WISE obtained the images used to create this view over a period of about a day around May 17, 2010, during which it observed the asteroid four times. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Aug 04, 2015

Tracking an oddball group of near-Earth asteroids

Astronomers have traced some mysterious near-Earth asteroids back to their likely source.

Searching for alien acquaintances. Image credit: Lewis Francis/wikimedia
Science Wire | Aug 04, 2015

Breakthrough Listen not all about aliens

New SETI project will scan the skies for signs of alien communications, but might also unveil other secrets about the universe.

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Science Wire | Aug 03, 2015

What the Philae comet lander found

Philae data suggest that organic compounds – which eventually translated into living organisms here on Earth – existed in the early solar system.