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Sun Aug 31



First 2014 Asteroid Discovered: Update
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Scientists have updated information about 2014 AA, the first asteroid discovered this year. [...]




Sun Aug 31



Rosetta Sets Sights on Destination Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
The Rosetta spacecraft caught its first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on Jan. 20, 2014. [...]




Sun Aug 31



NASA Scientist Figures Way to Weigh Space Rock
jpl.nasa.gov [SPACE]
A scientist at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has accurately determined the mass of a nearby asteroid from millions of miles away. [...]




Sun Aug 31



25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!
Universetoday [MARS]
Now less than 25 days from the history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing, India’s MOM is in good health! The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, counts as India’s first interplanetary voyager and the nation’s first manmade object to orbit the 4th rock from our Sun.(...)Read [...]




Sun Aug 31



Dawn Gets Extra Time to Explore Vesta
jpl.nasa.gov [VESTA]
NASAs Dawn mission has received official confirmation that 40 extra days have been added to its exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Sun Aug 31



NASA New Horizons Has Decided To Change Astronomical Definitions
Nasawatch [NASA]
carolynporco OnlineJavi ParddyMa Location is for realtors, not scientists. Titan is a planet. It orbits another planet. So what?- NewHorizons2015 (NewHorizons2015) August 31, 2014 NewHorizons2015 using a #NASA mission account to invent your own astronomical definitions and confuse people is a disservice in the extreme- NASA Watch (NASAWatch) August 31, 2014 Keiths note: Planets orbit stars. Moons orbit planets. Right? But it seems that NASAs New Horizons mission has decided [...]




Sun Aug 31



Additional Details on the Large Feb. 15 Fireball over Russia
jpl.nasa.gov [FIREBALL]
New data fill in some gaps in the story of a fireball that entered Earths atmosphere near Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15. [...]




Sun Aug 31



Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds
Sciencedaily [BIRTH]
Early, fast, turbulent mixing of gas within giant molecular clouds -- the birthplaces of stars -- means all stars formed from a single cloud bear the same unique chemical tag or DNA fingerprint, write astrophysicists. Could such chemical tags help astronomers identify our own Suns long-lost sibling stars? [...]




Sun Aug 31



Clearing the Gaps
Stardate.org [GAPS]
Dark gaps separate the rings of Saturn in this 2009 image from the Cassini spacecraft. The gaps are cleared by the gravitational influence of small moons. (One of those moons, Epimetheus, casts a long shadow across the rings — the dark vertical streak at bottom center.) [NASA/JPL/SSI] Text ©2014 The University of Texas at Austin McDonald ObservatoryFor more skywatching tips, astronomy news, and much more, read StarDate magazine. [...]




Sat Aug 30



Has Science Fully Explained Sunshine?
Space [SUNSHINE]
What makes our sun shine has been a mystery for most of human history. [...]

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