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Welcome to the Adler's Blogs! Adler Transmissions provides you with the latest news and views from Adler's astronomers, curators, partners, and programming staff. From Earth to distant planets and beyond, This Week in Space discusses the latest discoveries and accomplisments in science, space, and technology.

NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. 

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Faraway Moon or Faint Star? Possible Exomoon Found

NASA-funded researchers have spotted the first signs of an "exomoon," and though they say it's impossible to confirm its presence, the finding is a tantalizing first step toward locating others. The discovery was made by watching a chance encounter of objects in our galaxy, which can be witnessed only once.

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Mercury has a Long History of Exploding Volcanoes

Considering the fact that Mercury wasn’t supposed to have explosive volcanism in the first place, the findings from a new analysis are surprising, and could have implications for understanding how the planet formed.

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NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean inside Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the Moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes.

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Night Sky as Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Merge

As seen on the Cosmos TV series featured in 2014, the Milky Way galaxy and the nearby Andromeda galaxy will collide and merge 4 billion years from now. Check out this video from the Hubble Space Telescope news center to see the predicted merger between our two titan spiral galaxies, as seen in Earth’s sky.  

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Almost Snack Time for our Galaxy’s Black Hole

Astronomers have been watching and waiting since 2011 to see what will happen when an encroaching cloud of gas sweeps near the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

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Cosmic Inflation: 'Spectacular' Discovery Hailed

Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe.

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Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series

NASA’s Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.

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NASA's Kepler Mission Announces 715 New Worlds

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own Solar System.

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NASA's IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare

On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013. Solar flares are bursts of x-rays and light that stream out into space, but scientists don't yet know the fine details of what sets them off.

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NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).

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NASA's Chandra Sees Runaway Pulsar Firing an Extraordinary Jet

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy -- of high-energy particles.

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Largest Solar System Moon Detailed in Geologic Map

More than 400 years after its discovery by astronomer Galileo Galilei, the largest moon in the solar system – Jupiter's moon Ganymede – has finally claimed a spot on the map. 

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Looking Back to the Cradle of Our Universe

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have spotted what might be one of the most distant galaxies known, harkening back to a time when our universe was only about 650 million years old. 

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Sun Spits Out Mid-Level Solar Flare

The Sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, beginning at 11:57 pm EST on February 3, 2014, and peaking at midnight EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare which NASA released.

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Where the Wild Stars Are

A storm of stars is brewing in the Trifid nebula, as seen in this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. 

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Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

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Rosetta, the Comet-Chasing Spacecraft, is Awake

The Rosetta spacecraft "woke up" after a record 957 days of hibernation. The first communication from the spacecraft arrived at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, at 1:18 pm EST. 

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Internet Radio Provides Musical Space-Weather Reports from NASA's LRO Mission

The latest tool for checking space weather is an internet radio station fed by data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. The radio station essentially operates in real time, receiving measurements of how much radiation the spacecraft is experiencing and converting those into a constant stream of music.

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First 2014 Asteroid Discovered

Early Wednesday morning, January 1, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, collected a single track of observations with an immediate follow-up on what was possibly a very small asteroid - 7 to 10 feet in size - on a potential impact trajectory with Earth.

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