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40 min ago | Fox News

'Global selfie' project will beam earthling message to space

WAIMEA, Hawaii. A new project aims to send a special message from Earth a type of global "selfie" into space, by uploading it to a spacecraft traveling through the cosmos on its way to Pluto.

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4 hrs ago | Refinery 29

NASA Just Announced Its Return To Human Space Flight

Excellent news for space fans and, really, anyone who calls Earth home: NASA has chosen its partner for private space flight - its first foray into human space travel since the end of the space shuttle program. Today, NASA announced that it will fund $6.8 billion in contracts to build space crafts that will send our astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.

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9 hrs ago | Astronomy

Astronomers release most detailed catalog ever made of the visible Milky Way

A density map of part of the Milky Way disk constructed from IPHAS data. The axes show galactic latitude and longitude, coordinates that relate to the position of the center of the galaxy.

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9 hrs ago | Slashdot

Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Originally predicted in the 1970s, the first non-theoretical TZO was found earlier this year , based on calculations presented in a paper forthcoming in MNRAS . TZOs were predicted by astronomer Kip Thorne and Anna Zytkow, who wasthen postdoctoral fellow at CalTech.

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11 hrs ago | Centauri Dreams

'Hot Jupiters': Explaining Spin-Orbit Misalignment

Bringing some order into the realm of 'hot Jupiters' is all to the good. How do these enormous worlds get so close to their star, having presumably formed much further out beyond the 'snowline' in their systems, and what effects do they have on the central star itself? And how do 'hot Jupiter' orbits evolve so as to create spin-orbit misalignments? A team at Cornell University led by astronomy professor Dong Lai, working with graduate students Natalia Storch and Kassandra Anderson, has produced a paper that tells us much about orbital alignments and 'hot Jupiter' formation.

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12 hrs ago | Sys-Con Media

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Finds Planet That Makes Star Act Deceptively Old

This discovery shows how a massive planet can affect the behavior of its parent star. The star, WASP-18, and its planet, WASP-18b, are located about 330 light-years from Earth.

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15 hrs ago | Hampton Roads Daily Press

Romance written in the stars

Lydia Netzer's "How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky" could easily have been called "The Power of Dreaming While Surviving an Alcoholic Mother," or "Keeping it Together in a Mad Creationist's World." But neatly, Netzer gave us a title that pulls the reader in, creates a sense of wonderment.

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15 hrs ago | The Chronicle Herald

Eat, drink, experience our awesome province in fall

Sample bowls of steaming chowder in 60 different restaurants, sip local wine under the setting sun in a vineyard, or propel yourself through the trees in a sky-high adventure course. Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, says there's no better place in the Maritimes to experience the changing leaves than Nova Scotia.

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15 hrs ago | Electronics Weekly

Building an Evryscope to capture space

Here's a good one, from the MIT Technology Review no less . One problem with telescopes, they say, is that they can only peer at a very small piece of sky.

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16 hrs ago | Times Herald-Record

Sugar Loaf Arts Center hosts a truly heavenly performance

The New York Wind Symphony offered space travel "Out of the World for the Brave" Saturday evening at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.

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17 hrs ago | Universe Today

Glowing Galaxies Shine Above Trance-Like Telescopic Timelapse

We often speak of the discoveries and data flowing from astronomical observatories, which makes it easy to forget the cool factor. Think of it - huge telescopes are probing the universe under crystal-clear skies, because astronomers need the dark skies to get their work done.

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18 hrs ago | Space.com

Astronomy Detectives Reveal Origin of Monet's 'Impression' Painting

By reconstructing the position of the sun, the condition of the tides and the view from Claude Monet's hotel room, researchers were able to determine the time and day Monet painted his dreamy piece "Impression, Sunrise" in Le Havre, France. Astronomical clues could pinpoint the day Claude Monet painted "Impression, Soleil Levant ," the art piece that lent its name to the Impressionist art movement.

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Related Topix: Painting, Arts, Science, France, World News, Texas State University, Science / Technology

19 hrs ago | Somerset County Gazette

Bishop Henderson Primary School pupils relish their Space Odyssey

IF children at Bishop Henderson Primary School in Taunton had any post-summer holiday blues at the start of the September term, a trip into outer space blew them away. Year five pupils enjoyed a visit from the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium, and were thrilled to become the first children inside its new Voyager 2 space dome, which set up for a morning inside their school hall.

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19 hrs ago | How Stuff Works

Cosmic Archer: Seeking Out Sagittarius

Traveling through capital cities is always a stressful occasion and this time was no exception. I had left myself a whole hour to get from the train station to the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London for The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013, and it seems an hour was only just enough! But once I'd arrived, I settled back in the very comfortable seats of the Peter Harrison Planetarium and the lights dimmed as the winning photographs were presented to the excited audience.

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20 hrs ago | Forbes.com

Recent Russian Bomber Incursions Designed To Provoke, Says Expert

I'm a science journalist and author of "Distant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System" who writes about over-the-horizon technology, primarily astronomy and space science. I'm a former Hong Kong bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and former Paris-based technology correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper who has reported from six continents.

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23 hrs ago | CiteULike

Ideas for Citizen Science in Astronomy

We review the relatively new, internet-enabled, and rapidly-evolving field of citizen science, focusing on research projects in stellar, extragalactic and solar system astronomy that have benefited from the participation of members of the public, often in large numbers. We find these volunteers making contributions to astronomy in a variety of ways: making and analyzing new observations, visually classifying features in images and light curves, exploring models constrained by astronomical datasets, and initiating new scientific enquiries.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

DNA India

Visually impaired kids can learn astronomy

So Dr Kalpana Kharade, associate professor and Hema Peese, assistant professor of KJ Somaiya Comprehensive College of Education Training and Research researched on teaching astronomy to these kids with the help of Technology Based Inquiry Learning. Soon they would conduct workshops in schools for visually impaired students.

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Astronomy

"Hot Jupiters" provoke their own host suns to wobble

"Hot Jupiters," those large gaseous planets outside our solar system, can make their suns wobble after they wend their way through their own solar systems. Blame the "hot Jupiters."

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Examiner.com

Ahupua`a system this Saturday's Culture Night topic

Hawaii has been having a big problem with birds. Many of them, including the numerous endangered ones, have been fatally crashing into utility poles and lines.

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Tucson Weekly

Phoenix's Strip Mall Signs Are Going to Ruin Our Dark Skies

The Arizona Republic ran a frightening article over the weekend about light pollution and the greater Phoenix area . The basic premise? In ten years, there will only be a few places in America where you will be able to see the Milky Way in the night sky and Tucson won't be one of them: That's why Tucson, among other Arizona cities, implemented dark-skies-friendly lighting codes decades ago.

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