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Satellite Gets First Look at Sun s Tail

Astronomers just got their first good look in the solar system’s rearview mirror. What they see is a magnetic tail that twists like a corkscrew.Although we tend to think of the sun as stationary with the planets orbiting about it, in fact the solar system is plowing through the galaxy at a million miles per hour...

July 15, 2013 — Christopher Crockett

Next Mars Rover Will Seek Out Signs of Past Life

NASA officials have revealed their vision for what comes after the wildly successful Curiosity rover on Mars. Think of it as Curiosity Plus. Using Curiosity’s design as a starting point, Mars 2020 (as it’s currently known) will be another rover digging around the surface of the red planet...

July 11, 2013 — Christopher Crockett

Today the Earth Falls Towards the Sun

Notice anything different today? Is the sun looking a little smaller? Or the Earth moving a little slowly?Well, today is Aphelion Day.Around 11 A.M. Eastern, Earth passes through the point in its orbit that is farthest from the sun, a point called the aphelion...

July 5, 2013 — Christopher Crockett
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine