An 'Edgy' Suggestion on Where to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse

By Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist | May 26, 2017 07:42am ET
On Aug. 21, many Americans won't even have to leave their homes to see one of the rarest, most beautiful and most exciting of nature's sky events: a total eclipse of the sun. For the first time since 1918, the dark shadow of the moon - the umbra - will sweep across the contiguous states from coast to coast.

'WeВ Don'tВ Planet'В Episode 5: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

By Paul Sutter, Astrophysicist | May 26, 2017 07:30am ET
If you sampled the hundreds of billions of stars in any galaxy and plotted their luminosity (their brightness measured from a fixed distance - so, in other words, their "true" brightness) and their color, you might expect the points to be essentially scattered around randomly.
But the work of Ejnar Hertzsprung and Henry Russell around 1910 revealed

More Jupiter Weirdness: Giant Planet May Have Huge, 'Fuzzy' Core

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer | May 26, 2017 08:01am ET
Jupiter's deep interior appears to be as strange and otherworldly as the gas giant's storm-studded exterior, new observations by NASA's Juno spacecraft suggest.
Scientists have generally thought that Jupiter either harbors a relatively compact core 1 to 10 times as massive as Earth or no core at all, said Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, who's based at the Southwest Research
Institute in San Antonio.

JUPITER: Dramatic images show Earth-sized cyclones on solar system's largest planet

JUPITER'S atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system's largest planet, researchers said when publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant.
GETTY/AFPNew pictures show Jupiter's atmosphere with Earth-sized cyclones and rivers of ammonia
The cyclones were discovered as the Juno spacecraft made the first of at
least 12 planned close encounters with Jupiter, which scientists believe set the stage for the development of Earth and other planets in the solar system.

Rocket Lab launches first rocket into space from New Zealand site в─" will Australia follow?

The World Today By David Coady
Photo: The test launch was Rocket Lab's initial attempt, they have plans for a second test to be run near the end of May. (Credit: Rocket Lab)
New Zealand have entered the space market в─" launching a rocket partly made of carbon fibre, with engines made from a 3D printer, into space.
American-New Zealand company Rocket Lab, which was behind the launch, want to take a slice of the booming market for getting small satellites into orbit.
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In His Words: Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard Class of '17

By The Associated Press May 25, 2017 5:42 PM
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Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass., (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday, 12 years after dropping out to focus on what's now the world's biggest social network.

Here's his prepared remarks, as provided by Facebook:

Jupiter: First data from Juno mission reveals massive cyclones and aurorae

By Genelle Weule and Dani Cooper
Jupiter's atmosphere features massive cyclonic storms в─" some as large as 1,400 kilometres in diameter в─"and powerful aurorae, NASA scientists say, publishing the first findings of the Juno spacecraft hurtling around the gas giant.
The Juno spacecraft provided a bird's eye view of Jupiter's poles for the first time. (Credit: ABC licensed)
The first close-up glimpse of Jupiter's poles reveals massive cyclonic storms в─" some as large as 1,400 kilometres in diameter в─" and powerful aurorae.

Black Hole Birth May Have Been Witnessed by Space Telescopes (Video)

By Steve Spaleta | May 25, 2017 03:00pm ET
New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) have revealed what may be a black hole born from a collapsing star 22 light-years from Earth, NASA officials said. The star was 25 times as massive as Earth's sun and should have exploded in a brilliant supernova. But that apparently didn't happen. The star, called N6946-BH1, began brightening in 2009, but appeared to fizzled out by 2015, leaving a black hole behind, NASA officials said in a statement.

Extreme Space Cuisine! Astronaut Whips Up 'Bite-Size Yumiosities'

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | May 25, 2017 05:00pm ET
Tasty little boats of yum! Like bean & cheese tacos-only they float! #onlyinspace - Jack Fischer (@Astro2fish) April 29, 2017
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer has taken space cuisine to new heights.
Ever since the first-time space traveler blasted off to the International Space Station on April 20, the space-food connoisseur has been tweeting
photos of his zero-G culinary masterpieces.

Saturn Solstice: Cassini Gets 'Ringside Seat' to Dramatic Seasonal Changes

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer | May 25, 2017 05:00pm ET
The hexagonal vortex at Saturn's north pole changed color significantly between June 2013 (left) and April 2017 (right), as seen in views from the Cassini spacecraft. For the left image, each frame occurs approximately 130 minutes after the previous one, and for the right, each frame follows after an average of 230 minutes. Researchers combined images taken with the spacecraft's red, green and blue filters for the natural-color views. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University

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