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Astronomers Spot Stars Soaring Out of the Galaxy

Astronomers this week revealed that they have discovered a new type of star traveling fast enough to leave the Milky Way galaxy. The stars, dubbed “hypervelocity stars,” are different than other stars found traveling at such speeds as they did …

Massive Planet-Like Object Baffles Astronomers
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Astronomers this week announced the discovery of an odd object orbiting a star located around 440 light years from our solar system. The object’s size and position is now giving scientists trouble in determining what exactly it is. The object, …

China Moon Landing: Jade Rabbit Reaches Moon’s Surface
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China made history on Saturday by successfully landing its first unmanned spacecraft on the moon. The Chang’e-3  reached the moon at about 9.12 p.m Saturday and delivered “Yutu”, nicknamed “Jade Rabbit”. Yutu is a solar powered, six-wheeled robotic rover, equipped with …

6-Year-Old Tries to Save NASA with White House Petition
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With NASA budget cuts looming, one 6-year-old kid is taking as direct a route as he can to ask President Obama to save the nation’s space program. Connor Johnson of Denver, Colorado loves space and hopes to be an astronaut …

Alien Planet Found That Raises Many Questions
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A new planet has been discovered, one that is approximately eleven times the size of our own gas giant, Jupiter. The massive planet has been named HD 106906 b. What’s so special about the newly discovered exo-planet? According to calculations, …

Bill Nye Urges Obama to Up Planetary Science Budget
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Bill Nye is urging President Obama to make sure the Planetary Science Division of NASA receives as much funding as Americans spend on dog toys per year. His magic number is $1.5 billion. As of right now, the White House’s …

Comet ISON Moving Closer to Sun for Thanksgiving

Many are preparing to draw closer together on Thanksgiving, and that includes space interaction as well. Comet ISON, which has more popularly been referred to as the “comet of the century” is currently continuing on the pathway to approach the …

Virgin Galactic Accepting Bitcoin for Ticket to Space Virgin Galactic Accepting Bitcoin for Ticket to Space

CNBC reported on Friday that Sir Richard Branson has permitted his space startup, Virgin Galactic, to accept Bitcoin as fare for a flight to space. Branson made the announcement in a blog post at Virgin. “The virtual currency has really …

Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa
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CNN reports a mysterious meteorite has been discovered in the northern part of Africa, and scientists are dating it at 4.4 billion years. The study was published in the journal Nature. Nicknamed “Black Beauty,” the authors of the study believe …

Stephen Hawking Upset with “God Particle” Discovery
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At 71 years old, Stephen Hawking is the oldest survivor of ALS, a motor neuron disease. Despite being diagnosed with ALS at age 21, Hawking has defied the odds to continue living and become an extremely productive member of the …

8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way
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The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks …

India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds

India seeks to join the United States and the former Soviet Union in a singular space exploration achievement: sending an unmanned probe to Mars successfully. India’s space agency (ISRO) hopes to demonstrate their nation’s capacity to reach the orbit of …

Meteorite: Russia Uncovers One of The Largest Pieces Ever From Urals

On Wednesday, Russian divers recovered a sunken half-tonne “suspected” meteorite that had descended from space on February 14, 2013. The shockwave induced from the meteor had affected as many as 1200-1500 people in the Urals. Why it took so many …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘Gravity’ Earned the Right to Be Criticized
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If you haven’t yet seen the movie Gravity, you may encounter spoilers ahead. A few days after Alfonso Cuarón’s incredible thrill ride Gravity hit theaters, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to “fact check” the film – or …

Juno Flyby to Help Scientists Reconcile Anomaly

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to fly close to the Earth today, coming within 350 miles of Earth and swinging around it. The probe will be accelerated on to Jupiter, where it will begin research in 2016. The event is …

Sixth Grader Set to Brew Beer in Space

STEM School and Academy, Colorado, sixth Grader Michael Bodzianowski, 11, recently won a national competition to perform an experiment that involves brewing beer in microgravity. While the intended goal isn’t to foster space keggers, or possible space madness, galactic beer …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact Checks Gravity Via Twitter Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact Checks Gravity Via Twitter

Neil deGrasse Tyson is well-known to most, but for those that do not know, he is an astrophysicist and like no others in his profession, he has achieved quite a celebrity type of status. Since he is an astrophysicist and …

New Reality Competition to Launch Winner into Space New Reality Competition to Launch Winner into Space

Is this the reality competition to end all reality competitions? Well, probably not – but it’s a damn cool idea. Mark Burnett and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic have teamed up to create a new reality show called Space Race, where …

Orbital Sciences Sends its First Commercial Cargo Ship to ISS

The AP reported yesterday that the Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched a rocket from the eastern shore of Virginia. The occasion was marked, as most occasions are, by a tweet: We have #Cygnus separation! Look out ISS, here we come. …

NASA’s Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has left our solar system, to become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. New data shows that the craft is presently traveling through plasma, the ionized gas that makes up the …

Bob Geldof is a Rocket Man Bob Geldof is a Rocket Man
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Irish rock singer, author, and political activist Bob Geldof has led an extremely eventful and successful life so far. Geldof, frontman of the Irish rock band “The Boomtown Rats”, gained popularity throughout the 70′s and 80′s for his unique brand …