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Meteor Activity Outlook for April-May, 2015

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday April 25th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0100 local daylight saving time (LDT). As the week progresses the moon will interfere more and more with meteor observing as it waxes

Three days countdown for MMS Launch

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On March 12, 2015, NASA plans to launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that will orbit around Earth through the dynamic magnetic system surrounding our planet to study a little-understood phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. The MMS mission is a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission comprising four identically instrumented

NASA missions may re-elevate Pluto and Ceres from dwarf planets to full-on planet status

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Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015. Pluto is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on July 15, 2015. These two events will make 2015 an exciting