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From SPACE.com: "Orion's Belt: String of Stars & Region of Star Birth"

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December 20, 2014
Elizabeth Howell

Orion’s Belt is an asterism of three stars that appear about midway in the constellation Orion the Hunter. The asterism is so called because it appears to form a belt in the hunter’s outfit. 678 more words

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Kepler's Still Got It: Latest exoplanet discovery demonstrates Kepler's usefulness

NASA has announced that their Kepler spacecraft, despite suffering hardware failure back in 2013, has discovered an exoplanet under its new mission K2.

A major portion of its new assignment is to continue the hunt for planet candidates, including Earth-mass planets, but much closer to Earth.

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Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Finds Water

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Miriam Kramer

© NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The hole drilled into this rock target, called “Cumberland,” was made by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on May 19, 2013.NASA’s Curiosity rover is continuing to help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars lost its surface water over the course of billions of years.The rover drilled into a piece of Martian rock called Cumberland and found some ancient water hidden within it. 427 more words

Humor And Observations

From SPACE.com: " Religion & Astronomy: From Galileo to Aliens" 2011 but very interesting

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Jan 13, 2011
Leslie Mullen

Part 1

Our Sun is just one small point of light in the swirl of suns that shape the disc of the Milky Way. 2,597 more words

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The Geminid Meteor Shower dusts past us this weekend -- here's how to see it

by Melanie Lien, Editor in Chief

Each December, the Geminid Meteor Shower passes through, peppering the night sky for days with up to 120 meteors at its peak. 449 more words

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From SPACE.com: "Cosmic Mystery Solved? Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted"

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December 11, 2014
Mike Wall

Astronomers may finally have detected a signal of dark matter, the mysterious and elusive stuff thought to make up most of the material universe. 760 more words

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