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December 13, 2012
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Student Team Provides Real-Time Video of Asteroid Toutatis
Brookline MA (SPX) Dec 13, 2012
An asteroid that some day might threaten Earth is passing relatively close by on the night of December 11-12, and its gliding path among the stars will be tracked by a team of high-school students at the Clay Center Observatory in Brookline, Massachusetts. The asteroid, known as 4179 Toutatis, is a lumpy, elongated object roughly 3 miles (5 km) long. It circles the Sun in a looping oval that ranges from just inside Earth's orbit to well beyond Mars. This orbit is unstable, and some day Toutatis mi ... read more
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Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon
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TIME AND SPACE

New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes
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IRON AND ICE

Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth
This week, NASA's Goldstone radar is tracking a large asteroid as it passes by Earth, and obtaining images of unprecedented clarity. "At closest approach on Dec. 12th, asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Greedy black hole discovered in Andromeda
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

An Older Vega: New Insights About The Star All Others Are Measured By
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EXO LIFE

Mining ancient ores for clues to early life
An analysis of sulfide ore deposits from one of the world's richest base-metal mines confirms that oxygen levels were extremely low on Earth 2.7 billion years ago, but also shows that microbes were ... more
SPACE SCOPES

Hubble's Glitter galaxy: The ESO 318-13 galaxy
The brilliant cascade of stars through the middle of this image is the galaxy ESO 318-13 as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Despite being located millions of light-years from Earth, the ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Air Force to launch new surveillance satellites

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Rising civilian deaths fuel outrage in Pakistan offensive

USAF orders ground approach radar for Saudi Arabia

STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Fermi Improves its Vision for Thunderstorm Gamma-Ray Flashes
Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) aboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Unvieling diffuse x-ray emission from nearby galaxies
NASA will launch an astrophysics mission to study the Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL) December 9 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The goal of this flight is ... more
TIME AND SPACE

Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested
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NASA Astrobiology Institute Shows How Wide Binary Stars Form
Using computer simulations, scientists from the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at the University of Hawaii are shedding light on a question that has challenged astronomers for years: What causes w ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Nearby star much older than thought
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24/7 News Coverage
New water balance calculation for the Dead Sea

Sharks are Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing

Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate

NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

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NRL Reveals New Meteorological Insight into Mid-Level Clouds

Global warming 'pause' reflects natural fluctuation

MOON DAILY

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored
Forty years after the last Apollo spacecraft launched, the science from those missions continues to shape our view of the moon. In one of the latest developments, readings from the Apollo 14 and 15 ... more
DEEP IMPACT

Rock Comet Meteor Shower
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EXO LIFE

Search for life extends to the stars
Nighttime flights on an airborne observatory to search newly born stars could turn up evidence of the presence of precursors to life, U.S. astrobiologists say. ... more
EXO LIFE
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EXO LIFE
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EXO LIFE
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?


EXO LIFE
Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

SKY NIGHTLY

British astronomer Patrick Moore dead aged 89
Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the Moon's surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died Sunday at the age of 89, friends and colleagues announced. ... more
MOON DAILY

To the moon and back for less than 2 billion dollars
Two former top NASA officials unveiled plans Thursday to sell manned flights to the moon by the end of the decade, in an announcement 40 years after the last human set foot there. ... more
IRON AND ICE

What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?
In a preliminary analysis of images from NASA's Dawn mission, scientists have spotted intriguing gullies that sculpt the walls of geologically young craters on the giant asteroid Vesta. Led by ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Secrets of universe revealed thanks to AF research complex
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

X-ray vision can reveal the moment of birth of violent supernovae

TECH SPACE

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Galaxy-wide echoes from the past

TIME AND SPACE

Point of Light

DEEP IMPACT

Geminid Meteor Shower Coming on December 13-14

STELLAR CHEMISTRY

The Bubble Nebula, observed with the new One Degree Imager Camera

STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Wide Binary Stars: Long-Distance Stellar Relationships

MOON DAILY

NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map

STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Crowdsourcing the cosmos: Astronomers welcome all to identify star clusters in Andromeda galaxy

EXO LIFE

Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

Heliophysics Nugget: Sungrazing Comets as Solar Probes

Quantum thermodynamics

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'Dark Core' May Not Be So Dark After All

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Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

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NASA Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space

The Beginning of Everything: A New Paradigm Shift for the Infant Universe

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