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Meteor Trails

Dust particles left behind by comets crash into Earth's atmosphere and heat up due to friction with the air. That's when they become glowing meteors. At what altitude do meteors become incandescent? Meteors are dust particles from space.…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Allen Telescope, Part 2

The SETI Institute is using off-the-shelf parts and techniques borrowed from automobile manufacturers to build a new kind of telescope. More on this less expensive but powerful telescope... Dave DeBoer is a researcher with the SETI Institute…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Allen Telescope, Part 1

To search for signs of life in outer space, scientists have had to borrow time on huge radio telescopes such as the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico. How a new kind of telescope could change all that? For 40 years, scientists have looked…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Astrobiology Grant

Researchers are competing for grants in a relatively new field -- astrobiology. We'll talk with the head of one team that plans to search for life in some harsh places -- deep in caves and up in the clouds . If you were going to build a house,…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Universe on Empty

The universe is in its infancy. Stars and planets form, and galaxies shine. But what will the universe be like when it runs out of energy? Will there come a time in our universe when all available fuel for stars and galaxies is used up? What…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Moon and Twins

In November, you can spot Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini, ascending in the eastern sky. They're noticeable for being bright and close together on the sky's dome. Most people know just two bright stars in the constellation Gemini. Castor…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

The History of the Leonid Storms

Leonid meteors have been observed for over a thousand years, and sometimes this shower does produce storms. Arab astronomers mention a prominent display in 902 A.D., and the German naturalist Baron von Humboldt wrote in 1799 that meteors from…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Life Cycle Elixirs or Planetary Elixirs

Life Cycle Elixirs (also called Planetary Elixirs) have been made for profound changes that occur in various cycles during our lives. They have been specifically formulated to help us through those trying times in a way that is deeply profound…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

What causes a lunar halo?

"I saw the moon . . . and way out away from it there was what seemed to be a perfect circle of light. What might have caused that lunar halo?" Well, we get a lot of reports of these sorts of observations -- halos around both the sun and the…
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Pluto was once a moon of Neptune?

Astronomers discovered Pluto in 1930, Geneva, and soon realized that this outer world actually crosses the orbit of Neptune, the next planet inward. In 1936, British astronomer Raymond Lyttleton proposed that this planet once orbited Neptune…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Say Cheese, Andes!

Susan Runco is an oceanographer at the Johnson Space Center. She's part of a team of Earth scientists who've trained astronauts to take pictures from space. Susan Runco: I just tell people that when the photography does come back, it's…
Year 2012 and the Sun Energy 2

Year 2012 and the Sun Energy

How is there fire on the sun when there's no oxygen? Strictly speaking, oxygen is a part of what makes up the sun's composition. Meanwhile, although the sun appears fiery, there's no real fire on the sun at all. You get fire when a substance…