NASA Announcement on 1st Mission to 'Touch the Sun' Expected Wednesday

By Calla Cofield, Staff Writer | May 30, 2017 01:42pm ET
NASA officials are scheduled to make an announcement tomorrow (May 31) regarding the agency's first-ever mission to fly directly into the punishing heat of the sun's atmosphere.
The announcement will be part of a live webcast that will be available to watch on NASA TV, or you can watch the event live on Space,com, courtesy of NASA.
The Solar Probe Plus mission is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018

TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet System: In Piano Notes and Drum Beats (Video)

By Steve Spaleta | May 30, 2017 12:05pm ET
The transits and conjunctions of the seven exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 , a star system about 40 light-years from Earth, are translated into music in this awesome video by Matt Russo, Dan Tamayo and Andrew Santaguida of Listen as a piano note is played during every transit and a drum for every conjunction. Check this space later for a full story on the TRAPPIST-1 music video.
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Solar Eclipse Science Helps Prove Einstein's Relativity Theory in Nat Geo's 'Genius'

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | May 30, 2017 10:35am ET
While the U.S. prepares for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse coming on Aug. 21, National Geographic's "Genius" recounts how a solar eclipse helped to prove Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Butterfly Craters on Mars, Mercury, Moon Reveal Similarities and Differences

By Nola Taylor Redd, Contributor | May 30, 2017 07:20am ET
The moon's Messier crater region contains three separate impact sites, including one with large butterfly wings. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
Unusual butterfly-shaped craters on Mars, Mercury and the moon may provide insights into the surfaces of the three worlds, and even suggest the presence of a third moonlet that may have once orbited the Red Planet, new research shows.

'It's Snowing on Jupiter': Stunning Photos Show Clouds High in Gas Giant's Skies

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer | May 30, 2017 07:20am ET
Not all of Jupiter's clouds are huge, swirling, otherworldly beasts.
Spectacular new images captured by NASA's Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft show fluffy-looking white clouds casting their comparably tiny shadows on the giant planet's monstrous, multicolored cloud decks.
The white clouds, which get up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) wide or so, are
high up in Jupiter's atmosphere - so high that they're very cold, and the material they shed is therefore almost certainly frozen, Juno team members said.

Artist's Stunning New Exhibit Celebrates Harvard's 'Hidden' Female Astronomers

By Calla Cofield, Staff Writer | May 30, 2017 07:27am ET
Lia Halloran's exhibit "Your Body is a Space That Sees Us" features paintings and cyanotypes of cosmic objects in round frames. This is the largest piece in the exhibit, and is more than 10 feet wide. Credit: Courtesy of Lia Halloran/Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Visual artist Lia Halloran's newest exhibit, "Your Body is a Space That Sees Us," features large-scale paintings of astronomical objects that were photographed and catalogued by women working at the Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s.

China eyes gravitational wave breakthrough

Since the detection of gravitational waves, scientists have been eager to find electromagnetic signals corresponding to the gravitational waves. This will be an important task for China's space telescope, the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), to be launched soon.
Gravitational waves are "ripples" in the fabric of space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916 in his general theory of relativity.

Milky Way captured in mesmerising 'once in a lifetime' images above British countryside

AN AMATEUR photographer captured these mesmerising "once in a lifetime" images of the Milky Way lighting up the night sky in the British countryside.
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Andrew Fusek-Peters, 51, was able to snap the stunning sight from a moorland plateau that forms a prominent part of the Shropshire hills.
The breathtaking pictures capture the stars illuminating Pole Cottage bog
pool on Long Mynd, a designated dark skies spot.

Amazing Solar Eclipse Pictures from Around the World

By Calla Cofield, Staff Writer | May 29, 2017 07:30am ET
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A total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017, wowing skywatchers from Oregon to South Carolina. Here are amazing images of previous solar eclipses worldwide.

NASA Honors John F. Kennedy's Space Legacy on His 100th Birthday

By Tariq Malik, Managing Editor | May 29, 2017 07:30am ET
He was the American president who aimed an entire country at the moon, and for that NASA will always remember.

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