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How Mars Will Appear To Be As Big As The Full Moon

Photo: pingnews.com In what could be the greatest case of confusion since Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” back in the 1940s, an email has been circulating claiming that Mars will for once in our lifetimes, look as large as the full Moon to the naked eye on August 27, 2010! Thing is, this information …

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The Scientists Staring at the Sun

Photo: TRACE The Sun’s Solar Wind impacts the Earth’s magnetosphere and thereby determines much of Earth’s weather. Climate change is upon us, the Earth is warming up and there is a deep obligation to understand as much as possible about the Sun and its influence upon the Earth. This understanding is the bottom line, the …

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The Mystery Behind Exploding Stars

Photo: NASA Double supernova remnants DEM L316. The smaller remnant on the left is believed to be that of a Type Ia supernova. 4th of July fireworks ain’t got nothin on type Ia supernovae. These exploding stars exhibit their catastrophic brilliance in a systematic fashion, allowing scientists to use them as “standard candles” to measure …

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Exploring Venus’s 700°C Inferno

Photo: NSSDC/NASA Venus Surface – Maat Mons / Magellan Mission 1991 On May 20, 2010, JAXA launched an extraordinary mission from the Tanegashima Space Center using the H-IIA rocket. IKAROS has made headlines because of its method of propulsion; it is powered by the melding of a power solar sail and ion propulsion engine. As …

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IKAROS: Sailing the Solar Wind to the Sun

Photo: JAXA IKAROS / Solar Sail Unfurled IKAROS – Sailing With the Solar Wind to Venus Imagine silent, clean power that brings us to distant planets and leaves almost no carbon footprint or other pollution in space. No longer science fiction, the solar sail has been designed, built and is now undergoing a first flight. …