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Feel like an imposter? Get over it for the sake of your cause!
Over the past few days I have been rather overwhelmed with well wishes upon the announcement of the 2016 Edinburgh Medal…
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Carnival of Space #443 is hosted by Gadi Eidelheit at The Venus Transit
It is a time for another carnival of space. Did you manage to see all planets together in the dawn sky? After several rainy and cloudy mornings I got up at 6 am and was able to see all of them. Mercury was definitely the hardest as the sky were quite blue. It was about 30 minutes before sunrise ...
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Remember Chang'e 3, China's little rover that drove around on the Moon a year or two back? Here are the pictures!
Here, for the first time in a format easily accessible to the public, are hundreds and hundreds of science-quality images from the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover.
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Great way to start my day, news of a US rapper on a Twitter mission to debunk this whole "Round Earth" conspiracy!
Stage set for extra terrestrial faceoff with Prof Brian Cox?
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xkcd: Possible Undiscovered Planets
((There is a flow chart. The first bubble has two arrows, pointing at bubbles 2 and 3.)) Bubble 1: "This seems to be taking longer than usual-" Bubble 2: "- Try reloading Gmail if the problem persists." Bubble 3: "- Maybe we should just go to bed." {{Title text: '--> [ Well, this is embarrassing ...
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Excellent write up on the possible ninth planet just discovered by the guy who killed Pluto:
The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15000 years. During the solar system's infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they say, the giant planet was knocked out of the ...
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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?
Intriguing legal case over leaked Playboy pics may impact web
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Hackers spaff 250GB of NASA files, claim they hijacked agency drone
Gang says intrusion was all about chemtrails conspiracy
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Ancient Astronomy (and Maths), from the people who gave us the name 'Nibiru'
More than a thousand years before the first telescopes, Babylonian astronomers tracked the motion of planets across the night sky using simple arithmetic. But a newly translated text reveals that these ancient stargazers also used a far more advanced method, one that foreshadows the development of calculus over a thousand years later.
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Carnival of Space #442
It's carnival time! Every week, the carnival of space moves to a new host to bring you the past week's best writing on space science and astronomy, and this week it's been dominated by two news items: The prediction of a Neptune-sized planet in our Solar System, far out past the orbit of Pluto, and the striking alignment of all five classical planets in early morning skies. My social media accounts have been on fire with conversations on both top...
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Astronomy has gone too far!
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Carnival of Space #441, hosted at Photos to Space
Greetings on and all to the latest edition of carnival of Space. This week sees a great assortment of articles covering everything from rocket, to orbital space habitats to deep space. So grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a grand time! The Lunar and Planetary Institute has posted ...
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This is the g+ page for Urban Astronomer, a South African based website which tries to help those of us interested in the stars to learn a little about astronomy. How to observe?  What are those things you showed me in your telescope?  What are professional astronomers learning about the universe while I enjoy the view?