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Astronomy links full moon to Hurricane Sandy high tide

During a full moon, the moon is essentially lined up on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun and the gravitational tug of war between those two intensifies, resulting in higher tides....

Former Teacher Pens Book Detailing Astronomical Proof of the Existence of the Christmas Star: 'Unraveling the ...

ZANESVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A former astronomy teacher has proven the existence of the Christmas star using numerous NASA astronomy computer programs. During extensive research, Irene ......

Spacewalking Astronauts Isolate Leak in Space Station Cooling System

Two spacewalking astronauts troubleshot an ammonia leak in the International Space Station's cooling system today (Nov. 1), accomplishing the chief objective of their marathon excursion outside the orbiting lab....

NASA's last space shuttle heading to Florida retirement home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's third and last surviving space shuttle will move to its retirement home on Friday after a 10-mile road trip from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Atlantis, which ended the 30-year-old space shuttle program with a final flight last year, will be the star attraction of a new $100 million exhibit at the privately operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor ......

Purple shag Sun | Bad Astronomy

The great astrophotographer Andre van der Hoeven sent me a shot he took of the Sun a few days ago. Looks like either Barney or the Grape Nehi folks paid it a visit: [Click to envioletenate.] Pretty cool. First, of course, the purple color is not real. It’s just the color Andre chose for this picture when he processed it. Second, he used an Hα filter , which lets through a very narrow slice of ......

Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibit Opens at California Science Center

LOS ANGELES — Space shuttle Endeavour debuted on public display Tuesday (Oct. 30) at the California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles, where thousands turned out and lined up to be among the first to see the retired NASA orbiter inside its new home....

5 Reasons Astronomy Still Matters

Star Party on the U.K.'s Isle of Wight. Credit: Graham Green 1. You really are a byproduct of star formation. Prebiotic chemistry and possibly even life itself begins in space. “If not for stars, there would be no glass and steel, no internet, and no iron-enriched vitamins to help us [...]...