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Earth-Like Planet a ‘Stone’s Throw Away’

Astronomers have discovered a planet that appears to offer some of the most Earth-like conditions found anywhere in the galaxy.

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NASA: The World Won’t End in 2012

Sorry, all you Mayan-influenced doomsday enthusiasts, but it’s looking to some of the great minds over at NASA as though 2012 isn’t going to be particularly apocalypse-friendly as such. Ancient augury versus contemporary astronomy: Who will prevail?

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Wikimedia Commons / NASA

Astronomers Scope Out ‘Earth 2.0’

Did you know that astronomers have found a bunch of potential “Earth 2.0” candidate planets scattered around the universe? More than 2,000 in fact, and one in particular, which NASA dubbed Kepler 22-b after the supercharged telescope that spotted it, spins around its own sun just 600 light-years away.

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NASA / Artist concept of an SLS launch

This Is the Rocket That Will Take Us to Mars (video)

Who said NASA is dead? The space agency has unveiled its new rocket design—the most powerful ever if we go ahead and build it—capable one day of dropping a human or two on Mars.

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Adam Block / Mount Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

Riding the Milky Way in Tucson

A couple of days after I arrived in Tucson, there came a party invitation. The public was invited to the top of Mount Lemmon for a viewing of the annual Perseid showers, a breathtaking display of shooting stars. While I generally brake for sand, I also hit the road for star parties.

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Pope Benedict XVI
Flickr/roblisameehan

Pope: Homosexuality Is Unnatural

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday called for the protection of traditional heterosexuality, comparing the Catholic church’s role in defending the family to saving the rain forests.

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Projectorgate 2008: Astronomers Fact-Check McCain

What on earth was John McCain referring to during Tuesday’s debate when he kept bringing up that mysterious “$3 million overhead projector” that Barack Obama ostensibly supported in Chicago?

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The Universe
nasa.gov

We May Not Be Alone, Says Vatican

The pope’s chief astronomer has written an article in the Vatican newspaper that argues that intelligent beings “created by God could exist in outer space.” The article, “Aliens Are My Brother,” is likely a move by the Vatican to strengthen its scientific credentials, bringing science and religion closer while maintaining papal control over the entire universe.

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answers.com

Sir Patrick Moore:  BBC Stargazer, Equal Opportunity Offender

Veteran BBC presenter and astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, host of “The Sky at Night” program for half a century, believes that the network’s standards have slipped dramatically since the “golden days,” and those pesky women are to blame.  His solution?  Two separate BBC “wavelengths”—one for women, one for men.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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eso.org

Scientists Find ‘Habitable’ Planet

A team of scientists has discovered what could be the first habitable planet outside the solar system. More information is needed before an accurate assessment can be made, but researchers have suggested that planet 581c has a temperature range of between 32 and 104 degrees, and could contain vast quantities of liquid water.

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Stonehenge excavation
nationalgeographic.com

From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


The new solar system
The International Astronomical Union/Martin Kornmesser

There Goes the Solar System

A committee of the International Astronomical Union, the body responsible for the naming of planets and other celestial objects, has decided to allow at least three new ?planets? into the solar system.  The group made the recommendation after it was asked to resolve the Pluto controversy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


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