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  1. New Exomoon Hunting Technique Could Find Solar System-like Moons Monday, 12 May 2014, 4:00 am
    Looking for tiny, additional shadows built up during multiple mini-eclipses of stars could reveal the existence of exomoons.
  2. NASA Simulator Successfully Recreates Space Dust Sunday, 11 May 2014, 4:00 am
    Scientists on Earth have reproduced a process in the atmosphere of red giant stars that produces interstellar dust.
  3. Cassini Spies the Ice-Giant Planet Uranus Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 pm
    NASA s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn s rings.
  4. A Difficult Search for Life on Exoplanets Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 am
    A new study shows that searching for life on extrasolar planets could be more difficult than previously thought.

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Space & Physics

  1. Catch a Scorpion by the Tail Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 11:30 pm
    Now that it’s summer, stargazers in the northern hemisphere can catch a glimpse of both M6 and M7.
  2. The Silent Centennial of Space Exploration Sunday, 20 July 2014, 12:46 pm
    Noisy revolutions often emerge from quiet beginnings. So it was with the revolution of the Space Age. Forty five years ago today, a Saturn V rocket roared off from Cape Kennedy and carried the first h. […]
  3. "How Can You Talk About Space Exploration at a Time Like This?" Friday, 18 July 2014, 6:48 pm
    That is the question that a colleague of mine posed in response to the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza (not to mention Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Burma, and many other places. […]
  4. Deep Digital Science Behind "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Saturday, 12 July 2014, 1:20 pm
    Over the years, Planet of the Apes has been many things: a satirical French novel, a landmark science fiction movie, a series of uneven sequels, a disastrous Tim Burton reboot. But ever since the book. […]

Future Planetary Exploration

  1. Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning Saturday, 19 July 2014, 6:03 am
    The big news for future planetary exploration this month is likely to be the announcement of the instrument selection for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover that will define how it will fulfill its scientific g. […]
  2. Congress Weighs in on NASA 2015 Planetary Budget Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 5:35 pm
    The two houses of Congress have written their proposed 2015 budgets for NASA.  The House bill would add additional funding to almost every category of the Planetary Science budget and would greatly s. […]
  3. A Checkup on Future Mars Missions Friday, 6 June 2014, 4:56 am
    NASA’s Mars Exploration Analysis Group (MEPAG) recently reviewed plans by Europe, the Japanese, and the U.S. for future Mars exploration.  The prognosis is for another kick ass decade of Mars explo. […]
  4. A Reluctant Dance Towards Europa or Why A Credible Europa Mission is Likely to Cost ~$2B Sunday, 11 May 2014, 5:33 am
    For the last two years, NASA has been the shy partner refusing to get on the dance floor, and Congress has been the aggressive partner insisting on a dance now.  Recently, NASA has said maybe on anot. […]


  1. photographic Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:52 pm
    Kepler 168f has been the subject of substantial media coverage over the past week. This newly confirmed planet orbits a red dwarf with roughly half the mass and radius of the Sun, receives about 27% o. […]
  2. Super Planet Crush Crash Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 6:06 pm
    The Crash at Crush is a perennial go-to narrative in the long-running effort to goad disinterested students into obtaining a much-needed grasp of the the principles of classical mechanics. From the Wi. […]
  3. 1215095 Sunday, 26 January 2014, 3:21 am
    Above: A Google Data Center Image source. A few weeks ago, there was an interesting article in the New York Times. On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can fin. […]
  4. A Supernova in M82 Thursday, 23 January 2014, 2:32 am
    I was startled today to learn that a Type Ia supernova has been spotted in M82 — a very nearby, very bright galaxy that even I can find with a backyard telescope. In the image just below, M82 is the. […]