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  • Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object Discovered

    Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object Discovered

    June 24, 2013

    The count of known asteroids and comets that can come close to Earth continues to mount. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was detected on June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope.

  • The Coldest Place in the World

    The Coldest Place in the World

    Dec. 10, 2013

    Earth-orbiting satellites have found the coldest place on Earth. No surprise: It's in Antarctica. The coldest of the cold temperatures dropped to minus 135.8 F (minus 93.2 C) -- several degrees below the previous record.

  • The Effects of Space Weather on Aviation

    The Effects of Space Weather on Aviation

    Oct. 25, 2013

    Astronauts aren't the only ones who need to worry about solar flares. High-latitude air travelers can also be exposed to significant doses of radiation during solar storms. A new computer model developed by NASA aims to help protect the public by predicting space weather hazards to aviation.

  • The First Interplanetary Photobomb

    The First Interplanetary Photobomb

    July 17, 2013

    Consider it the first interplanetary photobomb. On July 19th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth through the rings of Saturn--and NASA wants you to jump into the shot.

  • The "Magic Hour" for Geminid Meteors

    The "Magic Hour" for Geminid Meteors

    Dec. 13, 2013

    The Geminid meteor shower is underway. Forecasters say the best time to look is during the dark hours before sunrise on Saturday morning, Dec. 14th. Dark-sky observers could see dozens of bright shooting stars.

  • The Sounds of Interstellar Space

    The Sounds of Interstellar Space

    Nov. 1, 2013

    As Voyager 1 recedes from the solar system, researchers are listening for "interstellar music" to learn more about conditions outside the heliosphere.

  • The Strange Attraction of Hot Jupiters

    The Strange Attraction of Hot Jupiters

    Aug. 17, 2013

    An exotic class of exoplanets called "hot Jupiters" are even weirder than astronomers imagined. While these worlds may have Earth-like blue skies, new data show that they are anything but Earth-like.

  • The Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip

    The Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip

    Aug. 5, 2013

    Something big is happening on the sun. The sun's global magnetic field is poised to reverse polarity, a sign that Solar Max has arrived.

  • The UN Braces for Stormy Space Weather

    The UN Braces for Stormy Space Weather

    Feb. 13, 2013

    Forecasters say solar maximum is due in 2013. To prepare, the UN is organizing an international response to stormy space weather.

  • The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup

    The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup

    July 15, 2013

    Drinking coffee in space is surprisingly tricky. Physicists researching the strange behavior of fluids onboard the International Space Station have invented a zero-g coffee cup to make the morning "cuppa Joe" a little easier to swallow.