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  • 11 events in Raleigh, the Triangle to catch the 2017 summer solar eclipse

    10 August 2017 12:32 AM 17

    Buzz is building as we get closer to Aug. 21 when the United States will experience a solar eclipse. Parts of the country, including a strip of North Carolina, will experience a total eclipse, when it becomes dark during the day and the Sun's corona, along with some stars and planets, become visible. In the Triangle, peak solar eclipse viewing will be around

  • Eclipse 2017: Mind Melt

    07 August 2017 10:05 PM 38

    This August, the sky will dim until the daytime world becomes dark. The bright disk that usually lights everything, burns skin, feeds plants and tells animals when to sleep will become a blank circle, surrounded by the shifting haze of its atmosphere. This scene will pass over the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, potentially capturing an audience

  • Ghana’s first satellite is now operational

    07 August 2017 9:42 AM 41

    Ghana’s first satellite was recently launched into orbit and is now operational, TechCrunch reports. The device is a cubesat, a miniature satellite which weighs 1.33kg and is launched as a secondary payload on a launch vehicle. The GhanaSat-1 cubesat was launched on a SpaceX rocket in July and delivered into orbit along with a primary payload

  • Astronomers discover the oldest known asteroid family

    04 August 2017 11:54 AM 36

    Astronomers have identified the oldest known asteroid family, which extends throughout the inner region of the main asteroid belt, using a new search technique. The main belt contains vast numbers of irregularly shaped asteroids, also known as planetesimals, orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. WASHINGTON: Astronomers have identified the oldest

  • Earth’s eclipses are special

    01 August 2017 1:10 AM 43

    You may have heard that the Earth is the only planet that experiences eclipses. That is not true. Granted, our eclipses are special, but hypothetical observers on other planets also could experience partial and total solar eclipses. Generally speaking, an eclipse occurs when one astronomical body (such as a moon) passes in front of another (such as the Sun). Mercury

  • Light energy in the Milky Way is mapped for the first time in a breakthrough that could reveal how galaxies form

    27 July 2017 11:01 PM 24

    A stunning new map has been created that displays the distribution of all light energy in the Milky Way for the first time. Researchers used complex computer calculations to track the movement of light particles through our galaxy to create the map. The team hopes their findings will provide new insights into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral

  • WATCH: Diver Has Close Encounter With Rare Megamouth Shark

    26 July 2017 9:44 PM 15

    One British diver was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the ocean’s most elusive sharks—the megamouth. Penny Bielich was diving at Gili Lawa Laut on Indonesia’s Komodo Island when she saw the creature and captured it on video. The mysterious looking mammoth shark can be seen swimming shockingly close to the camera in a video uploaded to YouTube

  • A Russian Soyuz rocket provided a ride share to space for more than 70 satellites this morning

    14 July 2017 4:01 PM 22

    A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a whopping 73 satellites into space this morning, sending the spacecraft into three different orbits around Earth. The satellites — ranging from tiny probes the size of a shoebox to a half-ton satellite the size of a car — rode together into space, arranged in a tall tower stacked on top of the rocket. It’s the most amount

  • NASA's SDO captures incredible sunspot that appears tiny but is actually larger than Earth!

    14 July 2017 5:51 AM 39

    New Delhi: The sun is an enigmatic entity that has long since intrigued scientists and understanding the largest star in our solar system has been one of their priorities. We have heard and read about sunspots in the past – temporary phenomena on the photosphere of the sun that appear as dark spots (black blemishes) compared with surrounding regions

  • Trillion ton iceberg breaks off Antarctica

    12 July 2017 1:59 PM 55

    Paris - An iceberg, one of the largest on record, was set adrift after snapping off a West Antarctic ice shelf that is now at increased risk of collapse, scientists said on Wednesday. A crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, a drifting extension of the land-based ice sheet, finally broke through after inching its way across the ice formation for years