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Large asteroids hit Earth more often than you might think: a new visualization from the +B612 Foundation shows a surprising amount of impacts from 1 to 600 kilotons occurred between 2001 and 2013.
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111432/surprise-earth-is-hit-by-a-lot-more-asteroids-than-you-thought/
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A Google Earth kml file, like this, that updates its data with every new impact/explosion, would be a really awesome thing to have.
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So I tried to get photos of the lunar #eclipse  this morning but the New England weather wasn't cooperating (what else is new??) This was the last view of the Moon I had before the clouds and rain completely took over the sky. Still, it shows Earth's shadow just about to cover the full Moon -- and that's an eclipse in my book! I do hope some of you had clearer skies! Next lunar eclipse: October 8. 
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Half moon ;-)
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Mars panorama mosaic made from 4 #MSL  Mastcam images acquired on Sol 595 (April 9, 2014). See the hi-res version here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightsinthedark/13771223585/

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Edited by +Jason Major 
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+Fraser Cain Go there without a spacesuit and it would be. ;)
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A week ago today I and 49 other space fans got to tour NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the enormous dishes of the Deep Space Network as part of a +NASA Social event! See what happened during those amazing two days here:
http://www.universetoday.com/110753/50-years-of-talking-to-space-a-nasa-social-for-the-deep-space-network/ #DSN50  
When you're talking to spacecraft billions of miles away, you need a powerful voice. And when you're listening for their faint replies from those same staggering distances, you need an even bigger set of ears. Fortunately, NASA's Deep Space Network has both -- and last week I had the chance to see some of them up close…
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You lucky lucky people! WellJell
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They woke the baby! This morning ESA sent a wake-up call to the Philae lander aboard Rosetta. Time to get up and go to work! A comet awaits...
 
ESA Awakens Rosetta's Comet Lander

Little Philae is awake! ESA sent a wake-up call to the 100-kg (220-lb) lander riding aboard the Rosetta spacecraft this morning at 06:00 GMT, bringing it out of its nearly 33-month-long slumber and beginning its preparation for its upcoming (and historic) landing on a comet in November.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/110822/esa-awakens-rosettas-comet-lander/

Image credit: ESA
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Let's hope it doesn't throw a tantrum.
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Good news everyone! The Kepler team, with the help of the Gemini North and Keck II observatories, has located the first Earth-sized rocky exoplanet inside a habitable zone! Could this be "Earth 2?" 
It's truly a "eureka" moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet's surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it's much too soon to tell if this really is a "twin…
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in the mean time we are still stuck on Earth-1!
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Saturn shows how it makes its moons
In images acquired with Cassini’s narrow-angle camera in 2013, a 1,200-kilometer-long, 10-kilometer-wide arc of icy material was observed traveling along the edge of the A ring. The arc is thought to be the result of gravitational perturbations caused by an as-yet unseen embedded object about a kilometer wide — possibly a miniature moon in the process of formation.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111233/is-saturn-making-a-new-moon/
Congratulations! It's a baby... moon? A bright clump spotted orbiting Saturn at the outermost edge of its A ring may be a brand new moon in the process of being born, according to research recently published in the journal Icarus. "We have not seen anything like this before," said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University…
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Congrats!
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Just Another Hazy Day on Titan
The weather forecast for Titan? Cloudy, hazy, and cold — just like every other day! The image here is a color-composite made from raw data captured by Cassini during a flyby on April 7, 2014, and it shows a look at the two main features of Titan’s atmosphere: a thick orange “smog” made of organic compounds created by the breakdown of nitrogen and methane by UV light, and a wispy blue upper-level haze composed of complex hydrocarbons.
Read more: http://lightsinthedark.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/just-another-hazy-day-on-titan/

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI. Composite by +Jason Major
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Lets. Give Vladimir putin a one way ticket there. 
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Here's a mosaic panorama of MSL Mastcam images acquired on mission Sol 582 (March 27, 2014). Post-processing included bad pixel cleanup, HDR toning and some image cloning along lower right edge. Enjoy!
 
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Composite by Jason Major.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightsinthedark/13469862903/
#NASA   #Mars   #Curiosity  
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Bloody big termites if they are?
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Here's a quick mosaic of #MSL Navcam images taken earlier today (March 27/Sol 582). Mt Sharp (Aeolis Mons) can be seen rising in the distance on the right.

See all the raw images from Curiosity here: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/
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