When Rocks Fall Like Rain

When Rocks Fall Like Rain

556 asteroids struck Earth over the past 20 years according to a new report from Nasa’s Near Earth Object Program. Fortunately the constant rain of rocks and boulders striking our planet burn up in the atmosphere - unless it’s a big one like the Chelyabinsnk meteor. Learn how you can help the professionals protect our planet from asteroid threats.

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Help find comets skimming by the Sun

Help find comets skimming by the Sun

The Sungrazer Project crowdsources discoveries of comets - over 2,700 of them - from anyone with access to the Internet. Review images collected by Nasa’s solar observatories, find signs of comets skimming over the Sun’s surface, and report your findings… for science!

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Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

By this time next year a network of 40 high schools across the American West will start exploring the most remote regions of the Solar System thanks to  $1 million in National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Marc Buie and Dr. John Keller are the two co-investigators in Recon, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network. They spoke with me about how the project combines citizen science, education outreach, and planetary science.

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Mars One candidates may join the year-long Mars Arctic 365 mission

Mars One candidates may join the year-long Mars Arctic 365 mission

The Mars Society announced the finalists for Mars Arctic 365, its year-long simulation of a mission to Mars. A few of the 21 finalists have a more on the line. As candidates for the Mars One Project - the daring one-way journey to settle Mars - joining the MA365 mission could give them a leg-up over the other 700 Mars One candidates.

 

 

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Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

I didn't have to spend $10,000 on my own telescope to create this image of the Orion Nebula. Thanks to the Bradford Robotic Telescope it only cost me £3 (about $5). Created by scientists at the University of Bradford to support British primary and secondary schools, anyone can subscribe to their service and create dozens of images every month.

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Learn how to find space rocks with the Asteroid Observer's Program

Learn how to find space rocks with the Asteroid Observer's Program

Learn how to find asteroids and comets through the Amateur Observer’s Program. Tracking the faint points of light moving slowly across the night sky doesn’t just challenge your amateur astronomy skills - professional astronomers depend on amateurs to make observations they can’t do themselves.

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Nasa's Maven reaches Mars, now its K12 STEM mission begins...

Nasa's Maven reaches Mars, now its K12 STEM mission begins...

Nasa’s latest Mars orbiter, Maven, arrived at the red planet yesterday where it will begin its mission to learn how Mars loses its atmosphere to space. But Maven also has a mission here on Earth: to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers. 

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Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Observing With Nasa lets you control a robotic telescope to capture your own images of planets, comets, and distant galaxies. Not just a fun way to make pretty astronomy pictures, Observing With Nasa lets teachers, parents, and informal educators introduce the science of astronomy to middle and high school students.

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