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Cosmic Eye Candy! James Webb Space Telescope Halloween Costume Is a Real Treat (Photos)

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 6:29am
The bar for space-y Halloween costumes has just been raised, way up into intergalactic space.
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Cosmic Halloween! Pumpkin Planets Shine in NASA JPL's 2018 Carving Contest (Photos)

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 6:20am
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its seventh annual pumpkin-carving contest this week, and the results were as impressive as you might imagine.
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Ghouls and Gourds! Awesome Photos from NASA JPL's 2018 Pumpkin-Carving Contest

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 6:18am
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its seventh annual pumpkin-carving contest in October 2018. See photos of the amazing space-inspired entrants here.
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A Cosmic Dark Knight Rises in Spooky 'Bat Wing' Hubble Photo

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 5:00am
Stand aside, Batman — your bat signal has nothing on a huge "bat shadow" the Hubble Space Telescope spotted in a distant gas cloud.
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Best Inexpensive Telescopes (a Great Gift Idea): 2018 Guide

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:10am
Here are the best inexpensive telescopes (sub-$300). These high-quality scopes are light on features but big on value. Each will make a great gift and a fine first telescope.
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Best Small, Portable Telescopes for Travelers and City Dwellers — 2018 Guide

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:10am
Here are the best portable telescopes for the money. These grab-and-go scopes are ideal for travelers, city dwellers escaping light pollution, and anyone with limited storage space.
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Best Telescopes for Beginners (Easy to Use) — 2018 Guide

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:08am
Here are the best beginner telescopes for the money; a computerized ‘GoTo’ scope driven by your smartphone or tablet, as well as a manually operated scope that comes fully assembled.
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'War of the Worlds!' The Infamous Martian Invasion Radio Broadcast Explained

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 2:17am
Orson Welles' Oct. 30, 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells tale of alien invasion, startled many listeners who thought Martians were really attacking. Here are some photos relating to the historic broadcast.
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Mars Attacks! Halloween 1938 and the Infamous 'War of the Worlds' Radio Broadcast

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:35am
On Halloween in 1938, Orson Welles terrified the population of New York and New Jersey with an adaptation of H.G. Well's "War of the Worlds" that was broadcast in the style of a news program.
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Have a 'War of the Worlds' Radio Party This Halloween!

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:32am
80 years ago this week, "War of the Worlds" aired across the country and secured a creepy legacy for Grover's Mill, New Jersey. For Halloween this year, why not take a listen yourself to the historic broadcast?
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The Milky Way Has a Gigantic Skeleton in Its Closet

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:00am
Scientists have identified the corpse of a galaxy that fell into the Milky Way about 10 billion years ago in what was likely the last major overhaul to our home galaxy during its development.
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Inside 3 Mars Meteorites: A Different Path for 'Building Blocks of Life'?

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:00am
Organic molecules — compounds that on Earth can be linked with life — encased within meteorites from Mars may have formed on the Red Planet from chemical reactions much like those found in batteries on Earth, a new study finds.
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NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope Is Done. What Will Happen to It?

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:33am
For NASA's Kepler space telescope, the world will end in ice rather than fire.
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Elvis and Darth Vader Invade Space Station for Astronauts' Halloween

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:30am
Happy Halloween from the International Space Station! The space station's three current inhabitants posed for some spooktacular group photos in their out-of-this-world Halloween costumes and beamed the pics down to Earth today (Oct. 31).
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Signs of Earth's Weird, Elusive 'Dust Moons' Finally Spotted

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:20am
Dust clouds that orbit Earth like moons may finally have had their existence confirmed after more than a half-century of controversy, new research finds.
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The Violent Deaths of Giant Blue Stars May Spawn Exotic Matter

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:20am
When the biggest stars in the universe die, they may form exotic states of matter generally not seen in the universe since fractions of a second after the Big Bang.
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Another Space Diamond! NASA Probe Snaps Great Photo of Asteroid Bennu

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:14am
The asteroid Bennu is really coming into focus for NASA's approaching OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
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Sotheby's to Offer Soviet Robot-Retrieved Moon Rocks at Auction, Again

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:00am
The only known pieces of the moon to be collected from the lunar surface and legally sold are returning to the auction block, 25 years after they were first offered.
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NASA to Provide Update on Fate of Kepler Spacecraft Today: See It Live

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:14am
NASA has known that the Kepler spacecraft, its iconic planet-hunting telescope, has been running out of fuel since March, and today (Oct. 30), the agency is providing an update about the instrument's status.
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'War of the Worlds' Radio Broadcast Terrified Listeners 80 Years Ago. Would E.T. Contact Cause Panic Today?

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 6:16am
A radio report of an alleged "alien invasion" in New Jersey caused alarm 80 years ago today.
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