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StarDate 6/5/2014: Rebuilding Astronomical History

One hundred eighteen years ago, a team of draft horses labored up a hill west of Flagstaff, Arizona. Their cargo was a 32-foot steel telescope tube commissioned by astronomer Percival Lowell.

06/05/2014

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StarDate 5/21/2014: Looking For Distant Neighbors

The hinterlands of our solar system are tough to study. The objects beyond the realm of the planets are so far and small that it’s difficult to even find them.

05/21/2014

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StarDate 5/7/2014: Celebration In The Name Of Science

Modern science is all about collaborations. Many projects are so big and expensive that you need a lot of partners to make them happen. The largest telescope at McDonald Observatory, for example, is a collaboration of several universities in the United States and Germany.

05/07/2014

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When Is The Next Blood Moon? October 8th Date For Rare Lunar ‘Tetrad’

After dazzling sky watchers Monday night, get ready for round two. Set your calendar for October 8th, when the second total lunar eclipse in this “Blood Moon” tetrad occurs, but this one is for super early risers, or serious night owls. The full eclipse will occur at 3:55 a.m. over the San Francisco – San Jose – Oakland area.

04/15/2014

The moon illuminated by refracted sunlight during a lunar eclipse. (NASA)

‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Visible April 14-15, Beginning Rare Series Of Total Eclipses

Just in time for tax day, which may feel like trying to squeeze blood from a rock, the moon will appear blood-red in a total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14th and overnight into April 15th.

04/04/2014

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Climb The Tallest Mountain In The World In 30 Mins

Mount Everest gets all the credit, but Hawaii’s Mauna Kea (an idle volcano that’s been around for, you know, a million years) is technically the world’s tallest mountain. Technically. While it stands 13,800ft above sea level, more than two thirds of the hill is actually submerged underwater, which brings the total height to 33,136ft.

03/28/2014

Kepler space telescope, NASA, planets

Moffett Field NASA Scientists Try To Save Planet-Hunting Telescope

NASA said it will try to fix its space telescope that hunts for planets outside our solar system.

07/18/2013

Kepler space telescope, NASA, planets

NASA Ames Telescope Spots Potentially Life-Friendly Planets

The search for extraterrestrials got some exciting news on Wednesday as scientists have identified hundreds of alien planets, many of which are orbiting in the habitable zone around other stars.

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