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Did a Giant Cosmic Lightning Bolt Hit Mars? Could One Hit Earth?

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Unexpected Origins of Lightning We See on Earth As we study natural phenomenon with deeper scrutiny, using new techniques and technology, we discover that many...




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    Strange Radio Signal From Space Still a Mystery 40 Years Later: Alien Communication?

    On Aug. 15, 1977, a 72-second radio signal from space stirred up the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Astronomer Jerry Ehman viewed the signal on... Read more

  • The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera. (ESA/Rosetta/MPS)

    Rosetta Will Teach Us More About Comets Than We Have Learned in 50 Years

    On August 6, millions of miles away from Earth, the firing of a rocket thruster signalled the end of a decade-long journey by a European... Read more

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    Explainer: How Hostile Is Space?

    Space may seem calm, but it is a more hostile environment than that on Earth. Invisible radiation is a big problem for space enthusiasts and... Read more

  • A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Super Moon 2014 Dates: Rest of Times for This Year, and Dates for 2015

    Another supermoon is upon us this weekend, coming at night on August 10 into the next morning. The term “super moon” describes a moon that... Read more

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    Supermoon … Or Not So Super?

    A beautiful full moon is set to rise this Sunday night, August 10. It will be spectacular and I encourage everyone to go outside and... Read more

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    To Find Alien Life, Search for Planets With Sidekicks

    Exoplanets roughly the size of Earth may be more likely to support life if they have companion planets. Planets cool as they age. Over time... Read more

  • Journalists view a 1/3 scale model of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where media were briefed on the agency's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD). (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    NASA Mars Test Called Success Despite Torn Chute

    Sending heavier vehicles and, eventually, humans to Mars requires first testing new technologies to see if they actually work. But it’s infeasible to conduct experiments... Read more

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    Cosmic Radiation: the Dawn of New Physics or Statistical Slip-Up?

    Recent observations suggest that there is something not quite right with our view of our universe – that something is skewing our view of the... Read more

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    Searching Space for Alien Industrial Pollution

    Scientists have recently postulated an unorthodox way to detect life on other planets. Assuming intelligent life has reached our current level of industry and technology,... Read more

  • Two Perseid meteors, centre and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a forest on the outskirts of Madrid, in the early hours of Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Perseids: 2014 Persied Meteor Shower: Peak Times and Dates, Where to Look in the Sky

    The 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower is underway with meteors lighting up the sky most nights since late July. The peak dates are projected to be August... Read more

  • A full moon rises above the Salgo Castle pictured from Somoskoujfalu, 123 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, late Saturday, July 12,2014. This phenomenon, is also called supermoon as the celestial body comes the closest to Earth therefore it seems brighter and bigger than an average full moon.  (AP Photo/MTI,Peter Komka) A full moon rises above the Salgo Castle pictured from Somoskoujfalu, 123 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, late Saturday, July 12,2014. This phenomenon, is also called supermoon as the celestial body comes the closest to Earth therefore it seems brighter and bigger than an average full moon. (AP Photo/MTI,Peter Komka)

    Supermoon 2014 Dates: Next Super Moon Coming this Weekend, August 10

    The next supermoon is slated for this weekend, on Sunday. This supermoon is supposed to be the closest to Earth, out of the five supermoons... Read more

  • Experts watch their screens at the control center of the European Space Agency, ESA, in Darmstadt, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. A mission to land the first space probe on a comet reaches a major milestone when the unmanned Rosetta spacecraft finally catches up with its quarry on Wednesday. It's a hotly anticipated rendezvous: Rosetta flew into space more than a decade ago and had to perform a series of complex maneuvers to gain enough speed to chase down comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on its orbit around the sun. (AP Photo/DPA, Boris Roessler)

    Comet Joined by Space Probe After 10-Year Pursuit

    DARMSTADT, Germany—Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile (6.4-billion... Read more

  • In this July 26, 2004, photo shows a shadow cast by NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity stretches across the Martian surface. NASA officials said Monday, July 28, 2014 that the odometer of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has hit 25.01 miles, breaking the record for off-Earth distance traveled. NASA officials said Monday that Opportunity drove 157 feet over the weekend, which was enough to surpass the miles covered by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover, which landed on Earth's moon in 1973 and drove 24.2 miles. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL)

    NASA to Test Making Rocket Fuel Ingredient on Mars

    WASHINGTON—NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade. Space agency officials unveiled seven instruments they... Read more

  • Two Perseid meteors, centre and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a forest on the outskirts of Madrid, in the early hours of Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Perseids 2014: Perseid Meteor Shower has Best Viewing Time Right Now; Peak Will Occur Along with Supermoon

    The Perseids Meteor Shower has started and now is the best time to view it because the peak dates will occur at the same time as... Read more

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    How Do You Even Do Things in Space?! Here Are 10 Useful Insights

    The next time you lament your complicated life on earth, think about how much more tedious it would be if you were in space. Astronauts... Read more

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    Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2014: Peak Dates Are July 29-30, Where to Look in Sky (+Live Stream)

    The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower started back in July 12 and is slated to run until August 23. It’s considered a minor meteor shower but should... Read more


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