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Strong Solar Storm Reaches Earth

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Strong Solar Storm Reaches Earth

A strong solar storm (rated an S3, with S5 being the strongest) erupted on Sunday evening, launching intense radiation and charged particles toward Earth.

Late last night, the coronal mass ejecta interacted with Earth's magnetic field, creating brilliant auroras across northern Europe, and even parts of northern Michigan and Maine and on into Canada.

The above image was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captured the initial solar

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A Day on Mercury

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A Day on Mercury

NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) Probe has settled into orbit around Mercury.

Some of the measurements that have been taken are already generating debate among planetary scientists (more on this later in the week). But the MESSENGER team has also been at work creating very cool animations about what it is like on the surface of the closest planet to the Sun.

This one in particular caught my eye (shout

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Stephen Hawking Reveals Greatest Mystery in the Universe... Women.

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Stephen Hawking Reveals Greatest Mystery in the Universe... Women. I have to admit, I didn't see this one coming.

When New Scientist Magazine asked the famed physicist what he thinks about most his response was simple. "Women. They are a complete mystery."

While most of us aren't world renowned astrophysicists, credited with furthering our understanding of black holes and the Universe in general, it seems there is at least one trait that most of us share with the famed cosmologist.

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We're As Close to the Sun as We're Going to Get

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We're As Close to the Sun as We're Going to Get

Literally as I write this the Earth is leaving the point in its orbit known as Perihelion. Simply, this is the point where Earth is closest to the Sun.

Now, many of you in the northern hemisphere may be looking outside at the wintery weather and wondering how that can be.

As it happens, however, the proximity of the Earth to the Sun during its year long trek along its orbit only accounts for very small variations in the surface temperature; at

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2011 Space Image of the Year

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2011 Space Image of the Year

I find it amusing that so many of the "Top [insert generic topic of interest here] of 2011" lists come out in October or November, more than a month before the actual end of the year. In fact, the 2012 (yes 2012!) North American Car of the Year has already been determined by Motor Trend, several weeks before the end of 2011! (Though they sort of get a pass since Car manufacturers seems to designate the model years of their cars about 6 months

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Did CERN Find the God Particle ?

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CERN of one of the major experiments looking for the Higgs Boson, sometimes referred to as the God Particle; an as-yet-undetected particle that is believed responsible for giving all other particles mass.

In the last several days rumors have swirled that CERN has the first conclusive evidence that the particle exists and that they have detected it at energies consistent with what most major theories have predicted.

But this is not the case. What

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Kepler Finds Planet in Habitable Zone

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Kepler Finds Planet in Habitable Zone

The headline over on Yahoo.com earlier this evening read "NASA Finds Planet that can Sustain Life".

Uh, not so fast.

What NASA found, using its Kepler planet finding satellite, was a planet smack dab in the middle of the habitable zone orbiting a Sun similar to our own.

The habitable zone is the region around a star where the temperature would be such as to sustain liquid water on the surface, which is thought to be a necessary component to the

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Curiosity on its Way to Mars

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Curiosity on its Way to Mars

NASA's next generation Mars rover is currently hurtling toward the red planet.

With the goal of landing a human crew on the surface of Mars (perhaps even permanently) by 2030, it is vital that we gather as much information about the surface, and what lies beneath it, as possible.

Curiosity is loaded with the latest technology in order to significantly increase our understanding of our neighboring world.

Continue reading about the Mars rover

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NASA Begins Re-purposing Space Shuttle Facilities

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NASA Begins Re-purposing Space Shuttle Facilities

With the retirement of the space shuttle fleet there is a lot of underutilized space at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. So NASA is making an effort to re-purpose some of these facilities.

The first stage has been competed with the handing off of Orbiter Processing Facility-3 to The Boing Co. The aircraft and space technology giant will use the space to manufacture and assemble its CST-100 spacecraft. This capsule is intended to be used as a ferry

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