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NOAA's DSCOVR going to a 'far out' orbit

Many satellites that monitor the Earth orbit relatively close to the planet, while some satellites that monitor the sun orbit our star. DSCOVR will keep an eye on both, with a focus on the sun. To cover both ...

dateJan 26, 2015 in Space Exploration
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FOXSI to observe X-rays from Sun

An enormous spectrum of light streams from the sun. We're most familiar with the conventional visible white light we see with our eyes from Earth, but that's just a fraction of what our closest star emits. ...

dateDec 08, 2014 in Space Exploration
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NEOWISE—a yearlong look at the sky

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013. Eight ...

dateJan 20, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Why meteors light up the night sky

Meteors have been seen since people first looked at the night sky. They are comprised of small pieces of debris, typically no larger than a grain of dust or sand, which continually crash into the Earth's ...

dateFeb 09, 2015 in Space Exploration
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The electric eye of Cyclone Bansi

Though this image may look like they come from a science fiction movie, it is in fact a photograph of tropical cyclone Bansi as seen at night by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). The image ...

dateJan 28, 2015 in Space Exploration
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What was the impact that killed the dinosaurs?

What suddenly made the dinosaurs disappear 65 million or 66 million years ago? Whatever it was, all indications show that it was a massive extinction event. The fossil record not only shows dinosaurs disappearing, ...

dateFeb 04, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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