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ESA image: Comet ISON's swansong

Some had hoped comet ISON would be the comet of the century, lighting Earth's skies during the latter months of 2013. Instead, it was barely visible for ground-based observers, but the Solar and Heliospheric ...

dateDec 01, 2014 in Space Exploration
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NASA's SDO shows moon transiting the Sun

On Nov. 22, 2014 from 5:29 to 6:04 p.m. EST., the moon partially obscured the view of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This phenomenon, which is called a lunar transit, could only be seen from ...

dateNov 26, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Earth's orbit around the sun

Ever since the 16th century when Nicolaus Copernicus demonstrated that the Earth revolved around in the Sun, scientists have worked tirelessly to understand the relationship in mathematical terms. If this ...

dateNov 24, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Image: Rosetta solar wing

This is one of Rosetta's two massive solar wings, keeping ESA's comet-chaser powered out in the cold depths of space, currently some 448 million km from the Sun.

dateNov 12, 2014 in Space Exploration
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SDO sees a mid-level solar flare: Nov. 3

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 5:40 p.m. EST on Nov. 3, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful ...

dateNov 04, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Why plants don't get sunburn

Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do. Recently, scientists discovered a group of molecules in plants that shields them from ...

dateOct 29, 2014 in Biochemistry
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