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When you’re Thierry Legault and you want to challenge yourself, the bar is set pretty high. “This is a challenge I imagined some time ago,” Legault told Universe Today via email, “but I needed all the right conditions.” The challenge? Capture a transit of…
When you're Thierry Legault and you want to challenge yourself, the bar is set pretty high. "This is a challenge I imagined some time ago," Legault told Universe Today via email, "but I needed all ...
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Get your geek on! Interstellar Dating Game with +Andrew Rader 
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Follow the link and grab the full resolution image for a fantastic desktop wallpaper!
 
Mars selfie! Our Curiosity Mars Rover used the camera on its robotic arm to take multiple images that were stitched into a self-portrait while investigating in the “Marias Pass” region: http://go.nasa.gov/1fpJkgS
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I've been looking at my almost-south facing roof for years, thinking it should have solar panels. One of my neighbors had a ground based array installed over the summer, and that finally spurred me to take the plunge. The panels are up, but one of the electrical guys has to come back and do some final activation thing so that I'll be able to monitor energy production via an app. I'm also waiting for a tree service to remove a few trees on the east side of the house to reduce shade cast on the roof in the morning. 
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Excellent. If governments were really serious about climate change they'd see the tremendous benefits of this clean technology.
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So much going on in the solar system!
 
There's a lot to keep up with in space exploration! Emily Lakdawalla shares the latest scoop.
I'm back from two weeks' vacation, so it's time to catch up on the status of all our intrepid planetary missions, from Akatsuki to the Voyagers and hitting the Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets, and Saturn in between.
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Comet 67P (Rosetta's comet) is almost at its closest point to the Sun. It's really starting to look like a comet now -- check out that jet!
 
This amazing sequence of images taken by #Rosetta 's OSIRIS camera on 29 July show a jet-like feature emerging from the side of comet #67P/C-G's neck, in the Anuket region. As #perihelion2015 approaches on 13 August the spacecraft is witnessing growing activity.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Comet_s_firework_display_ahead_of_perihelion

Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
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I sent one in, so I should be in there somewhere.
 
Why did I ask for those LLAP selfies? It was a task for a charity scavenger hunt I was doing. Here is what we made with your help! And I put it into Guinness to see if it makes a world record!
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Gorgeous! And what kind of knuckleheads click the don't-like button on the YouTube video of this? Not many did, mind you, but I don't get why there are any don't-likes.
 
This animation of the Pluto system is made with real images taken during our New Horizons spacecraft's July 2015 #PlutoFlyby. https://youtu.be/ds_OlZnV9qk #NASABeyond
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"Where's the dog?  This video is bogus!"
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My solar array is up and running!
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Excellent summary of what the New Horizons has learned about Pluto so far.
 
With haze layers in its atmosphere, an ion tail, mountainous terrain, a "heart" of ice, and ices flowing on its surface, Pluto has proven to be an extremely complex planetary body. And its largest moon Charon certainly brought new surprises to the table, too, with its relatively young surface and its darkened pole dubbed "Mordor" (cheers from all the LOTR fans!!).

My latest article covers 10 things that New Horizons has revealed about the Pluto system (and yes, there's definitely more than what I've covered, but these include the most important discoveries, along with some stuff I just thought was interesting). Check it out, here, or go to the "news" section of your Pluto Safari app: http://app.plutosafari.com/articles/news/08_07_top10.html

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