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Thu, October 18 2018

Six Space Missions to Watch For

The next few months will also bring some exciting developments in space science. There are new missions about to launch and spacecraft that will reach their destinations after long journeys. Here are six out-of-this-world things to look for in the news over the next few months.

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InSight Probes the ‘Inner Space' of Mars
Fri, August 3 2018

The Unexpected Journey from Tolkien to Titan

Bilbo Baggins journeyed many places in Middle-Earth, but it turns out his quest extends to other planets, too.

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Saturn's Satellite Titan
Wed, July 25 2018

AirSpace Ep.10:
Happy (Planet) Hunting

NASA launched TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, on April 18, 2018, continuing our search for planets outside of our solar system (aka exoplanets). 

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Happy (Planet) Hunting

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast 2020
Fri, May 25 2018

What Han Solo Should Know about Space Travel

Parsecs are actually astronomical units—not just in the Star Wars universe—used to measure distance, not time. (Sorry, Han.)

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The Kepler Mission
Sun, April 1 2018

Smithsonian Eyes Reboot for Classic Skate the Universe

As the Museum prepares for its upcoming transformation, the Smithsonian is eyeing a remake of its iconic film Scott Hamilton Skates the Universe.

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Smithsonian Eyes Reboot for Classic Skate the Universe

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Andromeda Galaxy
Tue, January 30 2018

Test This Supermoon Illusion Tomorrow

Tomorrow's supermoon is actually being called a “super blue blood moon,” and it’s really rare. Here's what to look for.

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The year’s first full moon is sometimes known as the Wolf Moon.
Wed, January 3 2018

A Supersun (And Why It Doesn’t Mean Summer Weather)

If you looked up at the sky on January 1, you might have witnessed something spectacular--the Moon kicked off the year with the biggest full moon of 2018, a supermoon. But what about the Sun; did you know that it can be super, too?

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The “supersun” of January 2, 2018.
Thu, November 30 2017

The Fun of Finding Exoplanets

Using satellites and robotic rovers, we’ve learned quite a few details about the various planets orbiting our Sun. But what about other stars? What are their planets like? How weird do they get? It turns out, pretty weird.

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Kepler Mission
Fri, October 20 2017

5 Things to Know About the Orionid Meteor Shower

Hoping to catch a view of the Orionid meteor shower tonight? Here are the five things you need to know from the astronomy team at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory.

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Telescopic observing draws young visitors
Mon, October 16 2017

Gravity and Light: When Neutron Stars Collide

For the first time ever, on August 17, 2017, astronomers detected the collision of two neutron stars. Not satisfied with that, they caught the cosmic smashup using both gravitational waves and light – another breakthrough.

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Illustration of merging neutron stars.

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