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Earth’s bigger, older cousin! With the help of our Kepler Mission​, we’ve confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This planet is 60% larger than Earth. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030.  Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1fp6ILB #NASABeyond
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Comet PanSTARRS, Moon, and Venus
Image Credit & Copyright: Amit Kamble (Auckland Astronomical Society); Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150723.html

It is the object to the left of the big tree that's generating much recent excitement. If you look closely, there you can see Comet PanSTARRS, complete with two tails. During July, this comet has increased markedly in brightness and has just passed its closest approach to Earth. The statuesque tree in the center is a Norfolk Island Pine, and to either side of this tree are New Zealand Pohutukaw trees. Over the trees, far in the distance, are bright Venus and an even brighter crescent Moon. If you look even more closely, you can find Jupiter hidden in the branches of the pine. The featured image was taken a few days ago in Fergusson Park, New Zealand, looking over Tauranga Harbour Inlet. In the coming days and weeks, Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) will slowly move away from the Sun and the Earth, drift deep into southern skies, and fade.
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My mentor, Dr. Peter Jenniskens, will be in attendance at this event, discussing the threat of asteroids to Earth. If you're local to the Bay Area, I highly recommend attending!
 
June 30 - Meet SETI Institute scientists at the Cal Academy on Asteroid Day

In partnership with the B612 Foundation, the Academy will host a special day-long event for families, youth, and adults alike featuring interactive presentations, educational activities, and renowned guests. Catch a presenter-led presentation of Asteroids: Science with an Impact in the Academy’s Hohfeld Hall, view real meteorites from our geology collection, and more.

Event info: http://buff.ly/1Kgx8g3

Asteroid Day info: http://buff.ly/1GweVod
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Whoa. Good thing that one wasn't headed toward Earth.
 
On it’s way over the limb, as the Sun rotates, sunspot AR2365 popped a massive coronal mass ejection into space on 18 June 2015. The cloud of charged plasma was not, fortunately, moving along the line between Earth and Sun. 
On it’s way over the limb, as the Sun rotates, sunspot AR2365 popped a massive coronal mass ejection into space on 18 June 2015. The cloud of charged plasma was not, fortunately, moving along the line between Earth and Sun. [It will miss us, this time. But two other sunspots are Earth-facing at the time of this writing.] Video Show: Attack of the Sun  
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LightSail A
Image Credit: +The Planetary Society
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150619.html

Hitching a ride to low Earth orbit, LightSail A accomplished a challenging test mission, unfurling its 32 square meter mylar solar sail on June 7. This dramatic image from one of the bread loaf sized spacecraft's fisheye cameras captures the deployed sail glinting in sunlight. Sail out and visible to Earthbound observers before its final orbit, LightSail A reentered the atmosphere last weekend. Its succesful demonstration paves the way for the LightSail B spacecraft, scheduled for launch in April 2016. Once considered the stuff of science fiction, sailing through space was suggested 400 years ago by astronomer Johannes Kepler who observed comet tails blown by the solar wind. But modern solar sail designs, like the one tested by LightSail A rely on the small but continuous pressure from sunlight itself for thrust.
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Asteroid Day is June 30

Asteroid Day is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history.

More info: http://www.asteroidday.org/
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Hangout On-Air - Join SETI Institute scientists Douglas Caldwell, Jeffrey Coughlin and Joseph Twicken for an update on the Kepler team's newest discoveries. Hosted by SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research Seth Shostak.
Kepler Hangout On-Air July 2015
Thu, July 23, 4:00 PM

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Colorful Clouds Near Rho Ophiuchi
Image Credit & Copyright: Markus Noller (Deep-Sky-Images)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150706.html

Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful? The colors result from a mixture of objects and processes. Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Backlit dust clouds block starlight and so appear dark. Antares, a red supergiant and one of the brighter stars in the night sky, lights up the yellow-red clouds on the lower center of the featured image. Rho Ophiuchi lies at the center of the blue nebula on the left. The distant globular cluster M4 is visible to the upper right of center. These star clouds are even more colorful than humans can see, emitting light across the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Rosetta and Philae talking again today!
 
Comet lander #Philae has been back in touch with #Rosetta today - the first contact since last Sunday. More details in the blog: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2015/06/19/rosetta-and-philae-in-contact-again/
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MarCO: First Interplanetary CubeSat Mission - YouTube

From NASA JPL: Two miniature satellites will be hitching a ride to the Red Planet to get a front row seat for InSight‘s landing on Mars. Watch how they work!
 
#NASA   #CubeSats   #JourneyToMars  

In March 2016, two interplanetary CubeSats will launch with +NASA InSight, our next Mars mission. Watch how they work.
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Woohoo! Congrats to NASA / JPL!
 
#NASA   #EuropaMission   #NASABeyond  

All systems go! +NASA's Europa mission enters development phase; launch planned in 2020s. Info: http://go.nasa.gov/1Tvi0xR
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Wife, mother, geek girl, Earthling. Recently graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in physics (double minors in math and astronomy).  Likes include: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Astronomy, Music, Dance, and Crafts. Dislikes include: Haters, ignorance, mean people, tomatoes and mushrooms. Proud member of the #GGBC and long-time resident of #c.
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