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  • Decoded: Here's how stars can cause comets to strike Earth

    September 5, 2017 5:34 AM 17

    As many 24 stars are headed towards our solar system and may deflect comets, causing them to collide into the Earth in the next million years, scientists say. Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany calculated how often stars stray into the Oort cloud, a vast, spherical shell of billions of icy objects that is thought to envelop

  • Elon Musk unveils sleek space suit for SpaceX astronauts bound for Mars

    August 24, 2017 9:01 PM 27

    The new space suit designed by SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk isn’t just elegant. It’s super functional, too. Musk revealed a photo of the suit on Instagram Wednesday, worn by a SpaceX engineer. In fact, Musk added that the suit has already been tested to double vacuum pressure, though building a suit with both the aesthetic appeal and functionality

  • When Is the Next Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.?

    August 19, 2017 11:04 PM 33

    A total solar eclipse will block out the sun across the U.S. on Aug. 21 in a major event that's been dubbed the "Great American Eclipse" — but it won't be the first or last time the country will see the astronomical phenomenon. To witness the next total solar eclipse in the U.S., though, Americans will have to wait another seven years. The Aug. 21 total

  • Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on Sept. 1

    August 19, 2017 2:51 PM 35

    A large near-Earth asteroid will pass safely by our planet on September 1, at a distance of seven million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances, according to NASA. Asteroid Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size. Measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared

  • Cosmonauts launch 3D-printed satellite from space station

    August 18, 2017 5:57 PM 37

    Aug. 18 (UPI) -- During a lengthy spacewalk on Thursday, Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy released five mini satellites by hand, including one made almost entirely of 3D-printed materials. Some new reports are claiming the satellite is the first built from 3D-printed components to be launched into space, but in June, NASA launched

  • What scientists hope to learn from the eclipse

    August 17, 2017 11:11 PM 41

    For complete coverage of the Eclipse of the Century go to cnn.com/eclipse. Watch live, in virtual reality, as the eclipse moves coast to coast on August 21st. (CNN)The Eclipse of the Century may also turn into the Science Experiments of the Century. For years, scientists have been planning the studies, experiments and observations that will finally be underway

  • End of the world ‘in 4 DAYS’ as rare Black Moon phenomenon 'sparks APOCALYPSE'

    August 17, 2017 10:10 AM 43

    The so-called Black Moon will happen at the upcoming solar eclipse visible from the United States on August 21. It is one of four types of Black Moons that can occur and is one of the very rarest. But rather than just providing a spectacular visual display from the ground, evangelical Christians are convinced it marks the beginning of the Rapture

  • Nasa's Cassini probe sends back stunning images of Saturn's moon Titan as it embarks on the first of its five flybys over the gas giant's atmosphere

    August 13, 2017 6:01 PM 19

    Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has sent back stunning images of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, as it prepares to end its 20-year mission. Titan's surface can be seen in incredible detail, as well as the moon's ever-changing atmosphere. The images come as Cassini begins the final phase of its journey around Saturn. This morning, at 05:22 BST (00:22 EST). the probe

  • Partial lunar eclipse on Monday night

    August 6, 2017 11:06 AM 42

    Dubai residents need no special equipment to view celestial occurrence as the moon will stay above the horizon Dubai: If you are one of those who have always marvelled at celestial spectacles, you may want to keep an eye on the night sky on Monday night (August 7) when a partial lunar eclipse is on the cards. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the earth

  • Best places to watch the 2017 total solar eclipse

    August 3, 2017 8:26 PM 40

    If you don't live in a city in the path of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, it's time to start making your travel plans. Oregon is the first state in the path of this year's eclipse and the city of Salem is already making plans for the big event. The solar eclipse starts at 9:05 a.m. PDT and totality begins at 10:17 a.m. PDT, lasting for nearly two minutes