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Indian monsoon's past analysed

30 Mar 2015 at 9:59pm
Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago. Read more...

Saturn Spacecraft Returns to the Realm of Icy Moons

30 Mar 2015 at 2:03pm

Return to Rhea

A dual view of Saturn's icy moon Rhea marks the return of NASA's Cassini spacecraft to the realm of the planet's icy satellites.



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Solar aeroplane lands in China

30 Mar 2015 at 12:37pm
Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, lands in Chongqing, China, to complete leg five of its attempt to fly around the world. Read more...

Mercury 'painted black' by comets

30 Mar 2015 at 11:59am
The mystery of Mercury's dark surface can be explained by a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets, research suggests. Read more...

(Brief) Total Lunar Eclipse Before Dawn on April 4th

30 Mar 2015 at 11:29am

Before sunrise on Saturday, April 4th, the Moon skims just inside Earth's deepest shadow during a total eclipse that last only about 12 minutes. Circumstances favor locations in western North America and across the Pacific.

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Race to Detect Gravitational Waves Advances with New NANOGrav Physics Frontie...

30 Mar 2015 at 11:28am
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) $14.5 million over 5 years to create and operate a Physics Frontiers Center (PFC). The NANOGrav PFC will address a transformational challenge in astrophysics: the detect... Read more...

NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabil...

30 Mar 2015 at 11:00am
Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites. Read more...

NASA Administrator, President’s Science Advisor to Speak with Astronaut on Ye...

30 Mar 2015 at 11:00am
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be joined by John Holdren, science advisor to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and former astronaut Mark Kelly for the first public conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space S... Read more...

Preview of April 4th’s Total Lunar Eclipse

30 Mar 2015 at 10:45am

An unusually brief total eclipse of the Moon will be visible before dawn this Saturday, April 4th, from western North America. The eclipse happens on Saturday evening for Australia and East Asia. The next total eclipse of the Moon, on Saturday, April 4th, will be the third in the current "tetrad"...

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How Slippery Is Dark Matter?

30 Mar 2015 at 10:42am

Dozens of galaxy clusters confirm that dark matter particles slip right past each other within messy cluster mergers.

The post How Slippery Is Dark Matter? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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As Stars Form, Magnetic Fields Influence Regions Big and Small

30 Mar 2015 at 10:14am
Cambridge, MA - Stars form when gravity pulls together material within giant clouds of gas and dust. But gravity isn't the only force at work. Both turbulence and magnetic fields battle gravity, either by stirring things up or by channeling and restricting gas flows, respectively. New research fo... Read more...

Nova Sagittarii Rebrightens!

30 Mar 2015 at 10:13am

A 6th-magnitude nova erupted inside the Sagittarius Teapot and reached 4th magnitude. Now it has started fading.

The post Nova Sagittarii Rebrightens! appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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Galactic turmoil

30 Mar 2015 at 9:30am

Space Science Image of the Week: Herschel and Spitzer uncover the tumultuous heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud Read more...

Moon Halo

30 Mar 2015 at 6:35am

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March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse

30 Mar 2015 at 6:34am

The post March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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