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  • That’s no moon: Earth’s tiny tagalong

    Earth has a newly discovered companion. It’s not another moon, though. Asteroid 2016 HO3 is a quasisatellite (KWAH-zee-SAT-uh-lyte). This space rock appears to orbit Earth. But that’s an illusion. It’s just looping around the sun and playing leapfrog with our planet.

    This temporary tagalong was discovered on April 27 in images from the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. The asteroid’s...

    07:00 AM, July 20, 2016 Planets, Earth, Space
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • By Jove! Juno-cam sends back first postcard

    On July 4, the Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter. It had just completed a 5-year trek across some 2.8 billion kilometers (1.74 million miles) of space. It quickly entered orbit about the planet. The tiny spacecraft survived its first encounter with Jupiter’s intense radiation. Proof came when its camera sent back this panoramic snapshot on July 10. It shows Jupiter (left) with its great red...

    12:00 PM, July 14, 2016 Space, Planets
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Success! The Juno spacecraft is now orbiting Jupiter

    On July 4, NASA’s Juno probe arrived safely at Jupiter. The spacecraft traveled for nearly five years and 2.8 billion kilometers (1.74 million miles) through space. Its mission? To investigate the gas giant’s deep interior.

    What is a planet?

    Researchers want to know everything they can about what lies beneath the planet’s blanket of clouds. Juno’s instruments will help them find out how...

    15:55 PM, July 7, 2016 Space, Planets
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Juno’s knocking on Jupiter’s door

    Ancient stargazers chose well when they named the solar system’s largest planet. That’s because Jupiter was king of the Roman gods.

    With more than twice the mass of all the other planets combined, Jupiter also reigns supreme. It’s the most influential member of our planetary family. Jupiter might have hurled the asteroids that delivered water to Earth. It may have robbed Mars of planet-...

    07:15 AM, June 28, 2016 Planets, Space
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Cool Jobs: Solar sleuthing

    In 1859, a massive burst of energy from the sun slammed into Earth. It caused telegraph wires to explode in sparks, which gave some telegraph operators electric shocks. People could see auroras — the northern lights — as far south as Cuba and Hawaii.

    If such a powerful burst, called a solar flare, were to hit our planet today, it could disrupt modern civilization. The energy could zap...

    07:15 AM, June 16, 2016 Astronomy, Space, Physics
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Biologist Kate Rubins is headed to space

    On June 24, molecular biologist Kate Rubins will be strapped into a spacecraft in Kazakhstan. Within a few hours she’ll blast off from this central Asian country (directly south of Russia and west of Mongolia). That moment will end seven years of preparing — and 30 years of hoping. She'll finally be on her way to the International Space Station. 

    As a child, Rubins plastered her Napa,...

    07:00 AM, June 10, 2016 STEM Careers, Space
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • The ultimate getaway — visiting the Red Planet

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a long-standing joke that NASA is always 20 years from putting astronauts on Mars. Mission details shared at a recent gathering of experts now show that the space agency is still hewing to a 20-year timetable. A to-do list from 2015 looks remarkably similar to one put together a quarter-century earlier. One difference: NASA is now building a rocket and test-driving...

    07:15 AM, June 7, 2016 Planets, Space
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • This planet’s lightning storms are like nothing on Earth

    Hair standing on end during a thunderstorm is a bad sign. It means lightning is on its way. On one faraway planet, though, static hair might be the least of your worries.

    The planet is HAT-P-11b. It is an exoplanet — a planet far outside Earth’s solar system — some 124 light-years away. Scientists detected a surge of radio waves from the planet several years ago. Those waves could be...

    07:00 AM, June 3, 2016 Weather & Climate, Astronomy, Space, Planets
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Hurricane at this galaxy’s center is wicked fast

    When visiting the center of a galaxy nicknamed J0230, pack a sturdy windproof jacket. There, you will encounter a galactic hurricane with winds whipping about at some 200 million kilometers (124 million miles) per hour. That’s nearly one-fifth the speed of light. At that speed, it would take you just 0.7 seconds to circle around Earth.

    These winds are about 625,000 times as fast as the...

    07:00 AM, April 24, 2016 Astronomy, Space
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Black hole smashup sent out ‘yottawatts’ of power

    A black hole collision, detected last September, served as the basis for confirming the existence of gravity waves. Scientists were only able to see those waves, or the effects they had on space-time, because they came from an explosion that blasted out such an intensely big amount of power. That energy is measured in watts. And the black-hole smashup released a mind-blowing amount.

    The...

    12:00 PM, April 5, 2016 Physics, Space
    Readability Score: 7.6

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