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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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Oooo.... more exoplanets? Something Earth-like? Wonder what they've found this time!
 
Come meet with scientists from the SETI Institute and Penn State to talk about the latest and greatest with the Kepler Space Telescope. Guests include Jason Rowe (SETI Institute), Nathalie Cabrol (SETI Institute), and Daniel Jontof-Hutter (Penn State). Hosted by Jill Tarter (SETI Institute).

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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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MARS? Dang. That's impressive. I was expecting Earth-like.
 
DISCOVERY OF A MARS-SIZE WORLD USES TUG-OF-WAR TECHNIQUE

With a remarkable scheme that uses the motions of one planet to find another, astronomers have discovered a Mars-sized world 200 light-years from Earth. The discovery is equivalent to sensing a pin head at the distance of the Moon.

The planet, Kepler 138b, is one of the smallest exoplanet yet found. It orbits a diminutive red dwarf star in the northern hemisphere constellation of Lyra.

“We’ve been able to tease out both the size and mass of this planet, says SETI Institute astronomer Jason Rowe, one of the Kepler Mission team members making the discovery. “Therefore, we know its average density, and find that it is consistent with Mars in our own Solar System.”

Illustration credit: Danielle Futselaar

Read more: http://buff.ly/1R9AD6E
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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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    Physics, 2012 - 2015
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