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The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel. (NASA)

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Closer To Unraveling Mystery Behind Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists are on the edge of their seats as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft nears dwarf planet Ceres and the mysterious spots first seen on its surface last month.

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NASA To Study Mysterious ‘Magnetic Explosions’ Between Earth, Sun That Unleash Dangerous X-Rays

Earth and the Sun may be 93 million miles apart, but cosmic explosions between the two celestial spheres occur often and with devastating effects–unleashing waves of radiation and disrupting GPS communications, and it is with this danger in mind that next month, NASA will launch four “Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission” satellites, studying these “magnetic reconnections” and better predicting the consequences of these cosmic phenomena.

02/24/2015

Hubble Space Telescope Images Released (Photo by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team via Getty Images)

Probing For Signs Of Life On Europa, One Of Jupiter’s Icy Moons, Subject Of NASA Ames Workshop

Dozens of planetary scientists are gathering in Mountain View on Wednesday to talk about sending a space probe to one of Jupiter’s moons.

02/18/2015

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Mysterious Bright Spots Pop Up In Latest NASA Images Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Two clear and stunning views of the dwarf planet Ceres have scientists scratching their heads as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft nears its destination.

02/18/2015

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Oakland Finalist For One-Way Mission To Mars: ‘Why Not Leave Earth?’

A Bay Area woman is a step closer to winning a trip to the red planet. The catch is that it’s only one-way. Kenya Armbrister of Oakland is one of 100 finalists who could leave Earth forever in 2024.

02/18/2015

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Black Supermoon: What (Not) To Look For Wednesday Night

A supermoon is ready to take center stage in the night sky this Wednesday, but with a rare twist: it’ll be a new moon.

02/17/2015

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Calls Off Launch At Last Minute Over Rocket-Tracking System Problem

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday’s launch of a deep-space observatory.

02/08/2015

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HOW & WHEN: Watch A Giant Asteroid Glide Past Earth Jan. 26

With an asteroid a third of a mile wide set to soar past Earth Jan. 26, scientists and amateur astronomers alike will be looking up.

01/22/2015

An artist's rendering of the planet (NASA)

Planet Formation Re-Created In Lawrence Livermore Lab

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are using lasers to create the pressure and temperatures needed for planet formation as a way to calculate how bodies in our solar system have evolved.

01/22/2015

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted this view of the Bay Area from the International Space Station. (Source: Twitter user @AstroSamantha)

Astronaut’s ‘Hello San Francisco’ Tweet Shows Clear View Of Bay Area From Space Station

An Italian astronaut tweeted a hello greeting to the Bay Area Tuesday morning with a picture of her view of the Bay from the International Space Station.

01/20/2015

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