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Aurora Watch: A Mighty Wind Comes Our Way

Call it a gale of subatomic proportions. Once again, a gaping hole in the sun’s corona has unleashed a wind of electrons and protons bundled with magnetic energy toward the Earth. The blast touched off a minor geomagnetic storm earlier this morning with spillover expected tonight. After a lull, storming is expected to resume tomorrow morning (Sept.…
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Get Free Daily Alerts Of Close Asteroid Flybys

Like knowing what asteroid will be whizzing by Earth next? You’re in luck because now you can subscribe to the Daily Minor Planet, a brand new service that delivers daily reports on the latest asteroid happenings di-rect to your inbox. “Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are,” said Matt Holman, director of the Minor…
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A model of the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft ( R) docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module (L). © Jason Lee / Reuters

See China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station Before It’s No More

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1 or Heavenly Palace, is out of control and doomed to fall to Earth in the second half of 2017. Should you worry? Not really. Two-thirds of the planet is covered in water and much of the remainder is either uninhabited or thinly so, making the chance of any one individual being…
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ALMA surveyed the Hubble Ultra Deep Field in the southern constellation Fornax the furnace, uncovering new details of the star-forming history of the universe. This close-up image reveals one such galaxy (orange), rich in carbon monoxide, showing it's primed for star formation. The blue blobs and spirals are galaxies photographed by Hubble. Credit: B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF); ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO); NASA/ESA Hubble

ALMA Goes Fossil Hunting With Hubble, Discovers Gassy Past

Back in 2004 the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UDF) images blew our minds. 10,000 galaxies visible in an otherwise empty region of sky 1/10th the diameter of the full moon. How’s that? If every fly-speck of sky is similarly jammed with stellar pinwheels, there must be billions of galaxies above us. And there are! These spectacular…
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Credit: Bob King

It’s Fall Again! Time For A Trip To The Celestial Equator

Cool breezes are back, and the outdoors color palette is shifting toward the red end of the spectrum. Spring begins Thursday morning (Sept. 22) at 9:21 a.m. Central Daylight time. Nice to know things will be warming up again so soon. Wait a sec. That’s the southern hemisphere. Here in the north, it’s the first…
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