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Perseid meteor shower peaked with 100 meteors an hour

Perseid meteor shower peaked with 100 meteors an hour

Last night brought a grand celestial show for those who were in regions with agreeable weather. The Perseid meteor shower was complemented by a lack of intrusive moonlight, and as a result many got a solid look at the meteors as they blazed by. The shower started in earnest earlier this week and increased over a couple days to hit its peak last night. Very early this morning was arguably the best time to have watched the shower, but it you go out tonight you'll still be able to catch the stragglers.

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The Universe is dying – across all wavelengths

The Universe is dying – across all wavelengths

While it's been widely accepted that the Universe is slowly fading since the late 1990s, a study published today shows the great extent to which its death is occurring. "The Universe has basically sat down on the soft, pulled up a blanket, and is about to nod off for an eternal doze," suggested Simon Driver of ICRAR, lead author on the study. Measurements of energy output of each of 200,000 galaxies has been done at 21 wavelengths, from far infrared back down to ultraviolet. As broad a wavelength range as possible was studied by researchers who've now concluded that, yes, the Universe is indeed fading out.

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Space lettuce: astronauts eat first-ever off-world veggies

Space lettuce: astronauts eat first-ever off-world veggies

The first fresh food grown in a microgravity environment - off of the planet Earth - have been consumed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station this week. Members of Expedition 44 shared video of their harvest and consumption of the lettuce they grew, part of an experiment called Veg-01. Before samples of the lettuce are sent back to the surface of our planet, astronauts took their first bites. This experiment was started by Expedition 39's flight engineer Steve Swanson back in May of 2014.

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ISS astronauts sample veggies grown in space

ISS astronauts sample veggies grown in space

Crewmembers on the ISS have harvested their very first vegetable crop that was grown completely in space. Members of expedition 44 harvested a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce on August 10. The harvest came from the Veggie plant growth laboratory on the ISS. Since water is hard to get and vital to life aboard the ISS, the lettuce will be cleaned using food sanitizing wipes.

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NASA pic spurs conspiracy theory about crabs on Mars

NASA pic spurs conspiracy theory about crabs on Mars

Let's play a game. It's called, "Can you spot the crab in this NASA picture from Mars?" If you look and look again and still can't find that pesky crab, don't be dismayed. The crab (probably) doesn't exist, and so you shouldn't be upset unless you actually do see a crab or two in the picture, in which case you have our condolences. That hasn't stopped the Internet from lighting up with speculation, accusations that NASA is keeping another secret, and the disappointing reality that, apparently, a crab is our first introduction to alien lifeforms.

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Black hole fountains shepherd new galaxies into life

Black hole fountains shepherd new galaxies into life

A black-hole fountain might sound like something from science fiction, but NASA believes it's actually part of a high-energy cycle by which galaxies coalesce. Combining high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope imagery with ground-based captures, scientists were able to observe knots of hot, blue stars that were forming along the jets from active black holes, with a thunderstorm of heated and cooling gases through giant elliptical galaxies.

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NASA Experience Curiosity simulates Mars with real data

NASA Experience Curiosity simulates Mars with real data

NASA is always out to get the public interested in space exploration and checking out other planets. Not too long ago NASA rolled out Mars Trek, a website that lets space fans explore some of the Red planet using data gathered from various spacecraft on and around Mars. NASA has now announced the Experience Curiosity tool.

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NASA’s EPIC new photos show our moon’s brilliance

NASA’s EPIC new photos show our moon’s brilliance

NASA has released a new sequence of images offering a rare, and incredible, look at the moon passing in front of the sunlit side of Earth. The images, which NASA ever so kindly shared as a GIF, the internet's favorite format, are impressive in that they clearly depict the relationship between our planet and the lunar surface, with the comparison revealing just how bring Earth really is. Also impressive is the fact that the photos were captured from about 1 millions miles away.

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NASA’s new drone will use jets to fly in Mars’ atmosphere

NASA’s new drone will use jets to fly in Mars’ atmosphere

NASA continues to build tools that will one day be used to better explore planets, like Mars, in preparation for one day building structures. One such new project is a quadcopter-style drone that will be used to look for resources. Dubbed Extreme Access Flyers and designed by NASA's Swamp Works laboratory, they need to be able to fly in environments that have little to no air. Instead of relying on rotor blades, one model uses gas jets in order to get around.

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Spitzer Space Telescope discovers closest rocky planet

Spitzer Space Telescope discovers closest rocky planet

NASA has announced a new discovery made using the Spitzer Space Telescope. The discovery is of the closest rocky exoplanet outside of our solar system. NASA researchers say that this rocky world is larger than Earth and could provide a plethora of scientific data for the scientists to study. The new rocky exoplanet has been labeled HD 219134b and it's only 21 light years from Earth.

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Watch an effervescent tablet fizz inside a ball of water in space

Watch an effervescent tablet fizz inside a ball of water in space

In space even, the mundane and boring things we do when we don’t feel so well on Earth are exciting and worth of recording with a super expensive RED 4K camera. If you happen to have a 4K monitor I strongly suggest that you hit up YouTube change the resolution of the video below to 4K and check this out. The video shows a ball of water floating weightlessly in space aboard the ISS.

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Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Today NASA reveals an image of Pluto that captures the night side of the dwarf planet. Unlike our own moon, the dark side of Pluto isn't quite such a prevailing "mystery" as it rotates. We've essentially seem at least blurry images of all parts of Pluto. This image captures the dwarf planet's atmosphere. From the side of the spherical space body that's facing away from the sun at the time of image capture, this photo was taken after NASA's New Horizons mission had already completed its closest pass.

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