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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.

The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size

Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system. The size of the exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-93b, is now known to an uncertainty of just 74 miles (119 kilometers) on either side of the planetary body.

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Insta-Mars: Crew Wraps Up Mock Mission With Pictures Of Their Hawaiian Adventure

It’s the final countdown for a hardy group of people who have been on “Mars” for the past four months. On Friday, July 25, the HI-SEAS crew will make their return after simulating Red Planet exploration in Hawaii.

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Astronomers Invite the Public to Help Name Exoplanets and Their Stars

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced on July 9, 2014 that it has developed a plan for public participation in the naming of exoplanets – distant planets outside our solar system – and their stars. Their worldwide NameExoWorlds contest will open in September 2014.

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Inspiring Youth to Participate in STEM

Since my first computer at age five, I’ve had a passion for technology as a platform to solve complex problems. I enjoy discussing new and exciting ideas, collaborating with others, and tackling big challenges. 

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Titan's Building Blocks Might Pre-date Saturn

A combined NASA and European Space Agency (ESA)-funded study has found firm evidence that nitrogen in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan originated in conditions similar to the cold birthplace of the most ancient comets from the Oort cloud. The finding rules out the possibility that Titan's building blocks formed within the warm disk of material thought to have surrounded the infant planet Saturn during its formation.  

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The Summer Solstice

The Sun's passage through the summer solstice technically marks the beginning of summer. It is the longest day of the year. The hottest days of the year, when we say it is summer, follow the summer solstice. That's because the Earth, its atmosphere, and its oceans retain their heat for a while after the actual solstice.

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Herschel Sees Budding Stars and a Giant, Strange Ring

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The observations have revealed numerous clumps of material, a baker's dozen of which may evolve into the most powerful kinds of stars in the universe.

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Moon Formed from Earth Collision with Planet-Sized Body: New Evidence

A new series of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides increasing evidence that our moon formed from the collision of the Earth with another large, planet-sized astronomical body, around 4.5 billion years ago.

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Light from 12 Billion Year Old Explosion Reaches Earth

Intense light from the enormous explosion of a star more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — recently reached Earth and was visible in the sky.

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Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World

Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size. This discovery has planet formation theorists challenged to explain how such a world could have formed.

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Sunsets on Titan Reveal the Complexity of Hazy Exoplanets

Scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission have developed a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets by using Saturn’s smog-enshrouded moon Titan as a stand-in. The new technique shows the dramatic influence that hazy skies could have on our ability to learn about these alien worlds orbiting distant stars.

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The Making of NASA's Global Selfie: 100+ Countries, Thousands of Photos

On Earth Day this year, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” The goal was to use each picture as a pixel in the creation of a “Global Selfie” – a mosaic image that would look like Earth appeared from space on Earth Day. Today NASA released the finished product. 

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NASA's Hubble Shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller than Ever Measured

Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured.

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Adler Women's Board Honors Gwynne Shotwell, President & COO of SpaceX

The Women in Space Science award goes to Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. The program provides an inspirational afternoon for the girls and motivates them to pursue careers in STEM. 

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Our Sun Now has a Brother Star, the First One Ever Found

Astronomers at the University of Texas have identified the first sibling of our Sun. We knew our Sun had siblings; in other words, we knew the Sun was born from a large cloud of gas and dust in space from which other stars doubtless emerged as well. But this is the first brother star to the Sun astronomers have pinpointed so far. 

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Nearest Hypervelocity Star Found Speeding Through Space at 1 Million Mph

Astronomers think hypervelocity stars happen when the galaxy’s central back hole captures one of two stars in a binary system and slingshots the other out of the galaxy.

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Planck Takes Magnetic Fingerprint of our Galaxy

A new image from the Planck space telescope reveals the magnetic field lines of our Milky Way galaxy. The fingerprint-like map allows astronomers to study the structure of the magnetic field and better understand the process of star formation.

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A Vision for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

It is our collective responsibility to ensure that every child has access to high quality education, and that begins with early learning programs." - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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The Intergalactic Medium Unveiled: Cosmic Web Imager Directly Observes 'Dim Matter'

Caltech astronomers have taken unprecedented images of the intergalactic medium (IGM) -- the diffuse gas that connects galaxies throughout the universe -- with the Cosmic Web Imager, an instrument designed and built at Caltech. 

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15th Annual Webster Lecture on Archaeoastronomy

In 1962, Roderick and Marjorie Webster discovered a passion for historic scientific instruments when, on a whim, Roderick purchased an old sundial while running errands. 

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