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Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Monday, November 20th, 2017 6:22pm MST

Artist’s concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) as it passed through the solar system after its discovery in October 2017. The aspect ratio of up to 10:1 is unlike that of any object seen in our own solar system.

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A Look At Voyager’s 40 Year Journey

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 7:52am MST

NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has been floating around uncharted space for 40 years now. It was launched on Sept. 5, 1977, followed by the launch of Voyager 2 a fortnight later. Together, these brave little space wanderers have traversed several light years to become earth’s most distant scouts. Being the only two man-made objects to […]

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Total solar eclipse mesmerizes America

Monday, August 21st, 2017 6:24pm MST

Sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America Monday as the Sun vanished behind the Moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century. Millions of die-hard eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of totality, a 70-mile (113-kilometer) wide swath […]

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Total Solar Eclipse in 1979 Ended With Moving Message

Monday, August 21st, 2017 10:21am MST

Before Monday, the last total solar eclipse to pass over North America was in 1979, and one ABC News anchor had high hopes for the generation who would experience the astronomical phenomenon 38 years later. Frank Reynolds covered the eclipse on February 26, 1979. The broadcaster guided viewers as the eclipse approached totality, the period […]

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Solar eclipse to fill small towns across America

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 5:52am MST

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. | This railroad town of 25,000 may be just a speck on flyover country, but for one day next week, North Platte will feel like the center of the universe. Millions of people are expected to gravitate toward rural America to view Monday’s total solar eclipse, a rare celestial event. The path […]

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Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

Monday, July 24th, 2017 8:55am MST

On Aug. 21, the moon will block out the sun completely, as seen from the United States, following a narrow band across the country while the shadow of the moon moves from the west coast to the east. The total solar eclipse will the first across the entirety of the contiguous United States since June […]

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Pence Vows: ‘American Boots on the Face of Mars’

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 8:04am MST

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged to usher in a “new era” of American leadership in space during a tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Thursday. “Our nation will return to the Moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” Pence told the cheering crowd of about 800 NASA […]

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Summer solstice ushers in astronomical summer, longest day of the year

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 7:09am MST

Astronomical summer arrives in Thornton tonight and with the solstice we will enjoy our longest day of the year. Summer officially begins at 10:24pm MDT tonight.  The Summer Solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted at it closest to the sun – 23.4 degrees.  This results in the longest day of the year in […]

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A whopping seven Earth-size planets were just found orbiting a nearby star

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 12:26pm MST

Three of them may be habitable NASA/JPL-Caltech Seven Earth-size exoplanets orbit the star TRAPPIST-1. Three orbit very close to the star and may be too hot to sustain liquid water on the surface; one may be too cold. But the three planets in the middle may be juuuust right. Planet-hunters are always on the lookout […]

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Lake Michigan Meteor Lights Up Sky In Several States

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 8:20am MST

A meteor lit up the sky Monday night and was spotted by several people across the Midwest, according to reports. The meteor, which was seen passing across Lake Michigan, was witnessed by spectators in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan around 1:30 a.m. local time, the American Meteor Society reported. Several people from the Midwest took […]

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