SKYWATCH: PLUTO, CHARON, CERES, COMET 67P, AND MORE

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New Horizons: A Billion Miles to 2014 MU69

Planetary scientist Alan Stern continues his exclusive series of blogs with details of what awaits the New Horizons spacecraft when it reaches its next objective.

Charon — Cracked, Cratered & Colorful

A fresh batch of high-resolution images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows that Charon, Pluto’s largest moon, has endured a lot.

Clocking Water’s Escape from Comet 67P

Thanks to the Rosetta spacecraft, researchers can follow the cycle of water escaping from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

False-Color Maps of Ceres

New maps from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal more about both the landscape and composition of the largest asteroid.

Making the Brightest, Rarest Galaxies

Some of the universe’s most luminous galaxies are also the most mysterious. New simulations shed light on how these galaxies formed.

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 2 – 10

The planets (Mars, Jupiter, and Venus) gather for a predawn show, asteroid Vesta reaches opposition on Tuesday, and you’ll find Orion rising in the early morning hours.

Tour October’s Sky: Predawn Planet Pileup

As October dawns, be sure to download our podcast (or subscribe in iTunes) to get a great monthly guide to the sky above.

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A Look Back at the Total Lunar Eclipse

Call it a blood Moon, supermoon, harvest Moon, a portent of the apocalypse, or just an amazing total lunar eclipse — for those who caught a glimpse, last Sunday’s celestial event did not disappoint.

Explore Mars in Fiction and Reality

The Martian opened in theaters October 2, 2015, a movie and book that have brought the public a little closer to Mars. Get closer still with our Mars globe – take $20 off at checkout with the coupon code MARTIANS.

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Mars Globe

Even the Hubble Space Telescope can’t show you all the details found on this new edition of our classic Mars globe. Created with more than 6,000 images taken by the Viking orbiters, our 12-inch globe approximates the planet’s true color.

Produced in cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, the globe includes official names for 140 features.

This new edition comes with an updated 16-page booklet about the surface of Mars, authored by Dr. Michael Carr of the U.S. Geological Survey, who is a leading expert on Martian geology and history. Carr describes the latest evidence of past water on Mars discovered by NASA rovers – findings that boost prospects that the Red Planet could once have been an abode for life. The updated booklet also discusses the latest findings from NASA’s Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter.

 


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