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Science Wire | Jan 31, 2015

Video: Cool movie of close-passing asteroid 2004 BL86

Asteroid 2004 BL86 and its newly discovered moon passed only 745,000 miles (1.2 million km) from Earth last week. Did you see the still photos? Now see the movie …

Views of the human skull, with missing jaw, found in western Galilee, northern Isreal and estimated at 55,000 years old. Photograph: Tel Aviv University and University of Vienna
Science Wire | Jan 30, 2015

Ancient skull offers clues to humans’ migration out of Africa

A partial skull from a cave in northern Israel sheds light on the first modern humans to walk out of Africa and their interbreeding with Neanderthals.

View larger. | The moon, Mars and Venus from a sea cave by Jack Fusco.  Visit Jack Fusco on Facebook
Today's Image | Jan 30, 2015

Moon, Mars and Venus from a sea cave

Looking out from a sea cave over the Pacific at two planets and the moon.

Global view of Vesta in natural color

Vesta is one of the more colorful asteroids in the solar system. This view is composed of 17 individual color frames, carefully assembled and draped over a digital model of the shape of Vesta. The color has been corrected to match Vesta's visible spectrum.
Science Wire | Jan 29, 2015

Flowing water on Vesta?

Who knew asteroids could have flowing water? They are so small, airless and cold that the idea seems surprising, to say the least. The latest evidence, here.

Artist’s illustration of Planetary Society’s LightSail, set against the backdrop of the Milky Way.
Science Wire | Jan 29, 2015

Planetary Society to test its LightSail solar sail in May

Space travel by LightSail relies on thin, lightweight reflective sails, powered by the sun. First the May launch, then a second launch planned for 2016.

Science Wire | Jan 29, 2015

Astrophysicists’ update on enormous and unexpected Fermi bubbles

Discovered in 2010, two vast and mysterious Fermi bubbles radiate out from our Milky Way galaxy’s core. An update from the three astrophysicists who found them.

View larger. | A combination of the day-night band and high resolution infrared imagery from the NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showed the historic blizzard near peak intensity as it moves over the New York through Boston Metropolitan areas at 06:45Z (1:45 a.m. EST) on January 27, 2015. Credit: NOAA/NASA
Today's Image | Jan 28, 2015

U.S. Nor’easter at night

The Suomi NPP and the GOES-East satellites captured the powerful storm as it neared its peak intensity, in the early morning hours of January 27.

A video still of asteroid 2004 BL86 and its newly discovered moon from Goldstone Solar System Radar.  The image is from last night (January 25).  Image via Slooh.com.
Today's Image | Jan 27, 2015

Best images! Asteroid 2004 BL86, as it swept near Earth

Images and video of asteroid 2004 BL86, which swept about 3 times the moon’s distance from Earth on Monday, January 26.

What fun!  A moon for asteroid 2004 BL86!
Science Wire | Jan 27, 2015

Asteroid that flew past Earth on Monday has a moon!

Radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86 confirm the primary asteroid is 1,100 feet (325 meters) across with a small moon 230 feet (70 meters) across.

Science Wire | Jan 26, 2015

Big asteroid swept close on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 came closer than any known asteroid this large until 2027. Information and photos of the asteroid, plus links to more.