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The NASA Spitzer Space Telescope (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)

StarDate 7/25/2014: Logging Star Clusters In Sagittarius

One of the first items on almost any amateur astronomer’s “to-do” list is completing the Messier marathon — looking at all 110 objects cataloged by Charles Messier. Messier himself began the first marathon 250 years ago.

07/25/2014

Fake Ranger Dubbed 'Officer Spandex' Spotted On Marin County Trails

Fake Ranger Dubbed ‘Officer Spandex’ Spotted On Marin County Trails Harassing Hikers

Park rangers are telling hikers to beware of “Officer Spandex” — a bicyclist who’s been harassing people and their dogs on Marin County trails.

07/24/2014

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Astronaut On International Space Station Describes What Space Smells Like

07/18/2014

A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

When Is The Next Supermoon? August Full Moon Will Be Closest Pass Yet

If you missed Saturday’s supermoon, don’t worry, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet as the August 2014 supermoon will be the closest the moon comes to earth all year, and should be the best of the five supermoons of 2014 as it passes within 221,765 miles of us.

07/14/2014

Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout after the extra time in the quarter-final football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

California Aerospace Firm Offers Space Flight To Dutch Team If It Wins World Cup

The space flight company XCOR Aerospace has pledged a free flight to space if the Dutch National team manages to win the FIFA World Cup 2014.

07/09/2014

A stream of solar wind flowing from this minor coronal hole should reach Earth on July 9-10. (Credit: SDO/AIA)

Massive Solar X-Ray Eruption Hits Earth, Potentially Disrupts GPS And Airplane, Ship Communications

A massive solar flare flooded the sunlit portion of the planet Tuesday morning with X-rays powerful enough to disrupt GPS navigation, and airplane and maritime communication for several minutes.

07/08/2014

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StarDate 7/2/2014: Pitching Ideas For New Missions

Dozens of spacecraft are keeping their eyes and ears on the universe, and more are on the way. But it usually takes years from the time a mission is first proposed until it flies in space — and a lot of good candidates never make it.

07/02/2014

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StarDate: Moon and Venus— A Brilliant Morning Encounter

Early risers are in for a skywatching treat at first light Tuesday morning — a close pairing of the crescent Moon and the planet Venus. Venus looks like a dazzling star just to the left or upper left of the Moon.

06/23/2014

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StarDate: Eta Carinae

One of the most intriguing star systems in the galaxy may be about to get a lot more interesting.

06/16/2014

A solar flare is seen erupting from the sun. (Photograph by: NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center, Getty Images)

Solar Flare Shockwave May Disrupt Earth’s Satellite Communications

NASA has reported that a shockwave from a massive solar flare will hit Earth on Friday, possibly knocking out communications and causing disruptions to satellites.

06/13/2014

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