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Our Solar System Has a Tail

Using NASA’s IBEX spacecraft, scientists have captured their first glimpse of our solar system’s heliotail.

Drinkable Water on Mars

The Opportunity rover discovered clay minerals on the Martian surface, which points to an ancient, watery past. H/T SourceFed


The Mighty Ring

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and Hubblecast bring you a new and detailed look at the famous Ring Nebula. The Ring’s distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, Sun-like star reveal a new twist.

Mind-Bending Earth GIFs

Google’s new Earth Engine, powered by NASA’s landsat satellites, gives a time lapse view of (pretty much) every land surface on earth over the last 25 years. The view is amazing, and inspiring, and at times terrifying. Hank Green reports.

The Earth’s Sweet Curves

This 4k video features some of the most astonishingly beautiful images from the Gateway to Astronaut Photography based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. How can anyone ever tire of gazing on the gentle curvature of mother Earth as seen from the International Space Station.

Asteroid Wranglin’

Hank Green has some good news about NASA, which has now been assigned a new mission to capture an asteroid.

Gaze Into the Sun

While you can’t look directly into the sun without damaging your eyes, the Solar Dynamics Observatory posts a dazzling array of solar images on its website. Alex Dainis of Bite Sci-zed offers an overview of what you’ll find if you visit

Source of Cosmic Rays Found

A new study using observations from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope reveals the first clear-cut evidence that the expanding debris of exploded stars produces some of the fastest-moving matter in the universe. This discovery is a major step toward meeting one of Fermi’s primary mission goals. H/T SpaceRip


Asteroid Heading Our Way

Calling Bruce Willis.

This coming Friday, a 130,000-ton asteroid is set to pass perilously close to Earth. NASA has been tracking the asteroid and believes it won’t strike the planet. But what if NASA is wrong about this projectile, known as 2012 DA14? Robert Lee Hotz from The Wall Street Journal runs down what you need to know.

Meanwhile, new evidence has emerged that another asteroid — although a much larger one — wiped out the dinosaurs.

Moon Hoax? Not!

Conspiracy theorists still allege that astronauts never landed on the Moon, that NASA staged the spectacle in a TV studio. But, in reality, video technology was too primitive in the 1960s to orchestrate such an elaborate hoax. Watch and learn. H/T IMAO

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