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Ok, so science can be a time of staring outside thinking “Wow it’s rainy” or “Wow it’s hot” while being inside bored. Mapping worlds is awesome, but sometimes you need a break because all the craters start to make you cross-eyed. For those moments of “I…
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Summer time is when we work to catch up on all the little things, and if you’ve been mapping lately, you may have noticed a slow roll out of little changes that add up to an improved (we hope) user experience. One of our most exciting changes is the…
Summer time is when we work to catch up on all the little things, and if you've been mapping lately, you may have noticed a slow roll out of little changes that add up to an improved (we hope) user...
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Sneak Attack of #Science 
 
*Special Tuesday time! * Last show before Hiatus!**

Join +Fraser Cain  and +Pamela Gay for a live episode of Astronomy Cast. We'll record our 30-minute show, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy. 

Astronomy Cast Ep. 383: Approaches to Absolute Zero

The coldest possible theoretical temperature is Absolute Zero, this is the point at which no further energy can be extracted from a system. How are physicists working to get as close as possible to this extreme cold?
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Sneak attack - +Astronomy Cast is on Tuesdays this week and next.

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**This week and next, we're at a special Tuesday time!**

Join +Fraser Cain  and +Pamela Gay for a live episode of Astronomy Cast. We'll record our 30-minute show, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy. 

Ep. 382: Degenerate Matter

In some of the most extreme objects in the Universe, white dwarfs and neutron stars, matter gets strange, transforming into a material that physicists call “degenerate matter”. Let’s learn what it is, how it forms.
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It is now generally accepted that Mars has had large amounts of water and periodic mud/liquid outflows at various points in its past. What is still frustratingly not clear is how much of the water was liquid when. It is really fun to imagine that Mars…
It is now generally accepted that Mars has had large amounts of water and periodic mud/liquid outflows at various points in its past. What is still frustratingly not clear is how much of the water ...
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It'll be interesting as more research is done into heat flow of Mars' interior. While its core is considered frozen, I would wonder if there are deep underground hot (or at least warm) spots in areas of prior volcanic activity. 
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Join +Fraser Cain  and +Pamela Gay for a live episode of Astronomy Cast. We'll record our 30-minute show, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy. 

Ep. 381: Hollowing Asteroids in Science and Fiction
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 381: Hollowing Asteroids in Science and Fiction
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Wow that is amazing stuff 😉 
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It’s that time of year again. It’s Vizzie Time. For those of you not aware of this (admittedly not well known) competition, the Vizzies are a yearly science visualization competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation and currently hosted by the…
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Maybe some of the pretty pictures from New Horizons will grab a Vizzie.  Did any from Cassini ever win?  If not, that defines miscarriage of justice.  
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Got a moment for science? Starting in one hour, hosted by +Georgia Bracey and +Pamela L. Gay 
 
It's a sneak attack of summer science! 

Join us to learn about ways you and the kiddos can get involved in doing science this summer. This week's episode is hosted by +Pamela L. Gay and +Georgia Bracey 
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About once a day, someone here at the SIUE location for CosmoQuest gets an email, Facebook inquiry, or Tweet asking, “Is it true Pluto’s a planet again?” No. Nope. Nah ah. Seriously dude, no.  … We’re starting to run out of new ways to say the exact same…
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Looks like it has achieved hydrostatic equilibrium, and given it's size (mass), number of orbital trips since formation / capture as well as enormous orbital path, it has cleared it as well as the earth or mars.  Given it orbits the sun (with some eccentricities), let's call a planet a planet, shall we?  Besides, I need the pizzas put back in my mnemonic!  
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Sneak attack - +Astronomy Cast is on Tuesdays this week and next.

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**This week and next, we're at a special Tuesday time!**

Join +Fraser Cain  and +Pamela Gay for a live episode of Astronomy Cast. We'll record our 30-minute show, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy. 

Ep. 382: Degenerate Matter

In some of the most extreme objects in the Universe, white dwarfs and neutron stars, matter gets strange, transforming into a material that physicists call “degenerate matter”. Let’s learn what it is, how it forms.
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 382: Degenerate Matter
Tue, June 23, 3:00 PM
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We're about 45 minutes from start. Join in for a Tuesday Science fix?
 
Google Lunar XPRIZE team Astrobotic is transforming Pittsburgh---and the world---with their innovative ideas. Find out what's driving them to go for the Moon, as they look to carry other Google Lunar XPRIZE teams with them on their lander; have a 'NASCAR' race together on the lunar surface; and then explore Moon caves!

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A global team of scientists and engineers are all working toward constructing missions to land on, travel across, and send video back from the Moon. With this new Google Hangout on Air series, co-hosted by CosmoQuest, we will introduce you to the men & women behind each of these planned missions and bring you all the latest developments and inspiration from the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
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If, like me, you’re following steady stream of images coming back from New Horizons, you may be wondering, why the images kind of look… well… like Pluto is more Vesta-shaped than Ceres-shaped. When the images appear in the news, like in this compilation…
If, like me, you're following steady stream of images coming back from New Horizons, you may be wondering, why the images kind of look... well... like Pluto is more Vesta-shaped than Ceres-shaped. ...
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Deconvolution is a kind of magic, it's turned my red blobs in to entirely believable images of Mars replete with clouds and planitia, made my Cassini division actually divide and my Jupiter images shine.

But yes indeed, whilst the New Horizons tesm are truly doing their finest to bring us Pluto, those images should be taken with s healthy pinch of salt!
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