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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.

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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Solar Powered Cooking

"It's so hot out, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk!" - says everyone in the summer.

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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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Adler SVL: Experimenting on the Museum Floor

The Adler's Space Visualization Laboratory (SVL) is a unique place, one that I've had the opportunity to observe over the last seven years. During open hours, Adler visitors may come behind the glass wall and see an otherwise normal looking scientist waving his or her hands in front of beautiful galactic imagery, as if trying to communicate with other beings in outer space. 

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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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Bonfyre Partners with Adler for February's Adler After Dark

Bonfyre established a partnership with the Adler Planetarium for its February installment of their “Adler After Dark” event series beginning Thursday, February 20.

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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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Cosmos Is The Reason I Love Astronomy

“The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” These are the opening words of “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean,” the first episode of the landmark PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage airing in late September 1980.

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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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To See the Cosmos Anew

We all have heroes in our lives - parents, relatives, teachers.  These are the people who watch over our shoulders every day, giving us encouragement, gentle criticism, and watching to make sure that we get up and dust off our chaps each time we get thrown off the horse.

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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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The GAIA Mission

When I look up at the stars I'm always astonished and filled with wonder at how large the Universe really is. It looks like I could reach up and pluck the stars out of the sky like gems set in a velvet dome

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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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Inquiry: How We Come To Know

Have you ever wondered which paper towel brand is the strongest while shopping at the grocery store? Or, have you considered how to best keep those cut flowers on your counter fresh longer?

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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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Big Science with the South Pole Telescope

As you probably know by now, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) was designed and built from the ground up to look at one source: the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB).

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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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A Day in the Life of the South Pole Telescope

What does a typical day look like for the South Pole Telescope (SPT) when it's taking data?

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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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M82 Supernova

Earlier this week some undergraduate students, as part of what was meant to be a 10 minute telescope workshop, made an extremely important discovery of a supernova in the nearby galaxy M82.

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