NASA Sending A Tiny Helicopter To Mars In 2020

Time to spread those little wings and fly! NASA will send a helicopter to Mars in just three years as part of the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission. They call it a helicopter but to my eye it looks and acts much like a drone. The small, autonomous rotor-craft is scheduled to launch in July 2020 to…
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Black Holes Swarm By The Thousands In Milky Way’s Core

In the heart of our home, the Milky Way galaxy, a black hole with a mass of 4.3 millions suns grows.  Now, it has company. A lot of company. Astronomers have discovered evidence for thousands of “bite-sized” black holes located near the center of our Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. These are…
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Magma Matters — Why Earth’s Still Hot After All These Years

A time-lapse video showing lava engulfing a car on Hawaii’s Big Island a few days ago The images are incredible. Hissing lava heedlessly crossing roads, gardens, engulfing cars and setting homes on fire. All the result of a major and deadly eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. It all began on May…
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Jupiter Close, Big And Bright

I just know you’ve seen it already. That big, pale yellow “star” climbing the southeastern sky at nightfall. That’s Jupiter! It’s on a seesaw with the other bright evening planet, Venus. As Venus settles into the west, Jupiter takes over in the east. On Monday night, Jupiter reached opposition to the sun, meaning it appears…
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Fun With Contrails … And Auroras

Contrails, those streaks of condensed moisture that form in the wake of high-flying aircraft, can be annoying if you’re a photographer. They mark up an otherwise blue sky and can add an unwanted man-made element to pristine landscape photos. But sometimes contrails can become a subject of their own, where they add an geometric or…
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