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Lots of 'orrible light pollution but here's #iss passing through Gemini tonight....

Lots of 'orrible light pollution but here's #iss passing through Gemini tonight.... | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
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Underground oasis found below Earth's driest desert - space - 18 February 2012 - New Scientist

Underground oasis found below Earth's driest desert - space - 18 February 2012 - New Scientist | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
A thriving community of microbes flourishes two metres below the surface of Chile's parched Atacama desert – the news bodes well for the chances of (#ecology #Mars #space #astronomy - Underground oasis found below Earth's driest desert -
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NASA salutes John Glenn, Mercury astronauts

NASA salutes John Glenn, Mercury astronauts | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the golden anniversary of America's first two orbital human space expeditions.
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NASA - Dusty Mars Rover's Self-Portrait

NASA - Dusty Mars Rover's Self-Portrait | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
This self-portait from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows dust accumulation on the rover's solar panels as the mission approached its fifth Martian winter.
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It's Alive! The Greatest Space Telescope Ever Built Survives

It's Alive! The Greatest Space Telescope Ever Built Survives | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
The Webb telescope could revolutionize what we know about the cosmos -- and at $6.2 billion, it better (It's Alive!
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Aurora Oddity: Northern Lights Display Dazzles Without Big Sun Flare

Aurora Oddity: Northern Lights Display Dazzles Without Big Sun Flare | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
Scientists don't completely understand what sparked this week's northern lights display.
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The Secret to Mastering Astrophotography: Experiment : Discovery News

The Secret to Mastering Astrophotography: Experiment : Discovery News | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
Astronomer Mark Thompson shares his tips for the perfect photo of the night sky, but ultimately it's a game of trial and error.
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Dead Sea Scrolls Prophesy Confirmed by Hubble Telescope, Author Says

The Dead Sea Scrolls have long been considered a source of great wonder and revelation for the faithful, and now an author is arguing in his new book that the Hubble telescope validates an ancient passage about the universe found in one of the...
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Odd Black Hole Is Last Survivor of Its Galaxy

Odd Black Hole Is Last Survivor of Its Galaxy | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
The Hubble space telescope has spotted a supermassive black hole floating on the outskirts of a large galaxy.

The location is odd because...
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Hubble's Successor, the James Webb Space Telescope: Deployment Animation

A video of the James Webb Space Telescope deploying.
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President’s 2013 Budget Hits Planetary Science Hard

President’s 2013 Budget Hits Planetary Science Hard | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
The president's 2013 budget, released today, asks for modest increases for some federal science agencies but trims funding to NASA. The requ... (NASA’s new budget hits Mars hard – who will pick up the slack?
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How NASA Brings Space Down to Earth

How NASA Brings Space Down to Earth | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
Numbers, facts, figures, equations. These are all obviously critical components of the space program. But numbers don't speak to our emotions. It's hard to commit millions of dollars and thousand of hours to an equation.
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Never Forget the Space Monkeys That Made It All Possible | Motherboard

Never Forget the Space Monkeys That Made It All Possible | Motherboard | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
Humans have had their sights set on visiting the stars for millennia, but we weren’t the first Earthlings to leave the confines of our planet.
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For Space Mess, Scientists Seek Celestial Broom

For Space Mess, Scientists Seek Celestial Broom | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
A group has warned that extraterrestrial clutter has reached a point where, if nothing was done, a cascade of collisions would eventually make low-Earth orbit unusable. (Next up for NASA?
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Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers : Discovery News

Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers : Discovery News | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
The way our planet temporarily captures asteroids suggests Earth should have an extra moon at any one time.
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Pluto at 82: A 'Chihuahua' Among Planets? : Discovery News

Pluto at 82: A 'Chihuahua' Among Planets? : Discovery News | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
On Feb. 18, 1930, U.S. astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the ninth planet, Pluto. But 82 years later, as more Kuiper Belt objects are discovered, Pluto's (RT @ScienceChannel: Happy belated 82nd discovery day to our favorite non-planet Pluto!
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Video: Behind the Scenes at Giant Keck Telescopes | Wired Science | Wired.com

Video: Behind the Scenes at Giant Keck Telescopes | Wired Science | Wired.com | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
http://t.co/HE5NqUmj this is wild....
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NASA - NASA Performs First J-2X Powerpack Test of the Year

NASA - NASA Performs First J-2X Powerpack Test of the Year | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted an initial test of the J-2X engine powerpack Feb. 15, kicking off a series of key tests.
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Rare 360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky

Rare 360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
vlt-mw-potw - Rare 360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky. The Milky Way arches across this rare 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
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Bryan Wallenberg's curator insight, August 5, 2013 9:46 PM

Most people don't know this but the southern hemisphere's sky is much more extravigant compared to ours. the reason for this is because the way our planet is facing. The northern hemisphere is pointed directly out of the galaxy while the southern hemisphere is pointed directly towards the center of our galaxy (roughly). 

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Nomadic Planets May Make Pit Stops | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network

Nomadic Planets May Make Pit Stops | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
The notion of what constitutes a typical planetary system has undergone some serious revision in the past twenty years. Our own solar system, once seen as ...
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How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole | Popular Science

How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole | Popular Science | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
First, build a telescope the size of planet Earth (RT @PopSci: How do you take a picture of a black hole?
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Study: Milky Way Galaxy Has 160 Billion Planets

Study: Milky Way Galaxy Has 160 Billion Planets | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
VOA’s Jessica Berman reports that scientists say the huge number of these so-called exo-planets increases the likelihood that life might eventually be discovered on at least one of them.
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Xombie Rocket Demonstrates 'Sky-Walking' and Landing

Xombie Rocket Demonstrates 'Sky-Walking' and Landing | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
The Masten Space Systems suborbital rocket executed a successful lift off, horizontal flight (sky-walking) of 50 meters down range and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Feb. 2, 2012.
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NASA Releases Free iPhone / iPad Educational Game App – Sector 33 Air Traffic Control

NASA Releases Free iPhone / iPad Educational Game App – Sector 33 Air Traffic Control | Exploring Amateur Astronomy | Scoop.it
In a statement from the nation’s space agency, NASA announced that it has released a new educational game with an air traffic control theme for Apple iPhone and iPad devices.
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ScienceCasts: An Alignment of Planets

Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more. The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. Start looki...
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