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Another chance to see Northern Lights in Michigan Thursday night

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Rain stops, sun shines for Palmer Park Art Fair

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Meteor Puts on a Light Show Over Midwest, and for the Cameras

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Meteor Over Lake Michigan Lights Up Sky In Several States

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Meteor over Lake Michigan lights up sky in several states

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A friend for Pluto: Astronomers find new dwarf planet in our solar system

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Another chance to see Northern Lights in Michigan Thursday night
DETROIT - Although it's a small chance, it's a chance nonetheless. There's another chance to catch some Northern Lights in Michigan on Thursday night thanks to an eruption on the sun. Paul Gross has some details: A strong coronal mass ejection (big eruption on the sun) has accelerated the stream of charged particles that flow from the sun to the earth, and interacts with our planet’s magnetic field   Read More ...
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Rain stops, sun shines for Palmer Park Art Fair
Buy Photo. After days of seemingly relentless rain, Lake Frances was becoming a problem for the Palmer Park Art Fair, seeping over its banks, inching over the sidewalks and threatening to swamp the grass where 75-80 artists were to set up shop. But on cue, the sky stopped leaking, the sun made an appearance and the art fair returned on Saturday for the fourth year following a three-decade hiatus   Read More ...
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Meteor Puts on a Light Show Over Midwest, and for the Cameras
Video A fiery meteor streaked across the Midwest sky early Monday morning, seen as far west as Nebraska and as far east as New York. Unfortunately for scientists who would like to study where it came from and how it got here (although perhaps fortunately for people living in the vicinity), all of the surviving bits of rock plopped into Lake Michigan. The American Meteor Society has received more than   Read More ...
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Meteor Over Lake Michigan Lights Up Sky In Several States
GREEN BAY: A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well. Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's office in Green   Read More ...
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Meteor over Lake Michigan lights up sky in several states
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well. Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's office   Read More ...
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Meteor over Lake Michigan lights up sky in several states
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well. Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's   Read More ...
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Meteor over Lake Michigan lights up sky in several states
GREEN BAY, Wis. – A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the night about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well. Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's office in   Read More ...
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Meteor Over Lake Michigan Lights up Sky in Several States
A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well. Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's office in Green Bay, Wisconsin,   Read More ...
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9th planet may solve 'mystery' of our solar system
(NEWSER) – New research may have solved a "deep-rooted mystery" about our solar system and lent credence to the theory that chilling beyond Pluto. (Sorry, buddy.) Researchers at Caltech, including Konstantin Batygin and Mike "Pluto Killer" Brown (who first floated the "Planet Nine" theory), say evidence of the massive body has been right under our noses—or actually above our heads—all this time: The planet may cause the sun to appear   Read More ...
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UM discovery DeeDee may be newest dwarf planet
Look out, Pluto. A new celestial object discovered by University of Michigan astronomers could be the cool new dwarf planet. Located more than 90 times farther from the sun than Earth, the object — named 2014 QZ224 — is poised to join five other dwarf planets in the solar system. UM researchers have nicknamed it “DeeDee,” short for distant dwarf. DeeDee’s discovery perhaps sets the stage for UM researchers to   Read More ...
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New Dwarf Planet Discovered Billions Of Miles From Sun
Just over a month after it was announced that an , another miniature wonder has now been found in our solar system. A team of researchers, led by David Gerdes of the University of Michigan, have discovered what could be a brand-new dwarf planet. The new dwarf planet has been named 2014 UZ224. Currently, there are five known dwarf planets, the most well-known being Pluto, which was once a planet   Read More ...
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Astronomers discover new dwarf planet in our solar system
About 8.5 billion miles away from the center of the solar system, a small dwarf planet orbits our sun. Unknown and undetected for millennia, this planetary body, known as 2014 UZ224, is among the most distant objects in our solar system, more than twice as far from our sun as Pluto. The discovery of the dwarf planet by a team of Michigan scientists adds to a growing number of newly-discovered   Read More ...
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New dwarf planet discovered: Meet 2014 UZ224
About 8.5 billion miles away from the center of the solar system, a small dwarf planet orbits our sun. Unknown and undetected for millennia, this planetary body, known as 2014 UZ224, is among the most distant objects in our solar system, more than twice as far from our sun as Pluto. The discovery of the dwarf planet by a team of Michigan scientists adds to a growing number of newly-discovered   Read More ...
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A friend for Pluto: Astronomers find new dwarf planet in our solar system
Scientists in Michigan have found a new dwarf planet in our solar system. It's about 330 miles across and some 8.5 billion miles from the sun. It takes 1,100 years to complete one orbit. But one of the most interesting things about the new object, known for the time being as 2014 UZ224, is the way astronomers found it. David Gerdes of the University of Michigan led the team that   Read More ...
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Slow-motion goodbye: Rosetta craft makes deliberate dive into comet
The Rosetta space craft deliberately plowed into the surface of comet 67P at 6:39 a.m. ET Friday, Sept. 30. USA TODAY. After more than a decade of roaming tirelessly across the solar system, the comet-watching Rosetta spacecraft has gone to its eternal reward. In a deliberate act of self-sacrifice, Rosetta plowed into the surface of comet 67P at 6:39 a.m. ET. Friday. The collision was confirmed roughly 40 minutes   Read More ...
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Scientists find incredible fountains shooting from Jupiter's moon
Mysterious fountains of water or ice have been seen spewing more than 100 miles into space from Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter that is one of the most likely incubators for life in the solar system, scientists said Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of jets, each containing some 2 million pounds of water or ice, issuing from Europa’s smooth surface on three different occasions. A likely   Read More ...
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Scientists discover Earth-like planet orbiting star closest to our sun
An Earth-like planet has been discovered orbiting the star closest to our sun. The planet is only a bit bigger than Earth and, like Earth, is rocky, and it's the right distance from its star to support liquid on the surface. USA TODAY. An Earth-size planet that could boast water, even an ocean, has been found circling the star nearest our sun, hinting that the conditions for life could   Read More ...
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Delta Aquarid meteor shower to light up night sky
The nights may be short, but with the weather warm it's a great time to check out some sky magic. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks Thursday July 28 and Friday July 29. Though it's an average meteor shower compared to others throughout the year, you can still see up to 20 meteors per hour. The best time to look is between midnight and just before dawn. Look toward the   Read More ...
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How did the 'man in the moon' get there?
The 'man in the moon' who has fueled mythology and watched over sleeping children for millennia is actually the product of a gargantuan space collision billions of years ago. For centuries, people gazing at the nighttime orb have imagined faces or rabbits or a man carrying a sack. Those intriguing dark splotches on the moon are actually the scars made by giant space rocks that battered the lunar surface billions   Read More ...
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Shifting cloud patterns don't bode well for planet
(NEWSER) – The clouds are shifting, and a new study suggests that's a worrisome thing for the planet. Satellite images collected between 1983 and 2009 show two trends: Clouds have been migrating away from the Equator toward the Earth's poles, and the tops of those clouds are reaching higher into the atmosphere, say the scientists behind the study in Nature. Add it up and it amounts to what the calls   Read More ...
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NASA's Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter's orbit
PASADENA, Calif. — The best celebration this Independence Day wasn’t around a barbecue or fireworks show, but in a dark room filled with NASA engineers. After hours of anticipation, team members broke out in cheers. The Juno mission's spacecraft made it into Jupiter's orbit just before 9 p.m. local time after a risky maneuver to slow it down by more than 1,200 mph so it could be captured by Jupiter’s   Read More ...
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NASA’s Juno prepares for cosmic date with Jupiter
Los Angeles — A solar-powered spacecraft is spinning toward Jupiter for the closest encounter with the biggest planet in our solar system. NASA’s Juno spacecraft will fire its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed of 150,000 mph (250,000 kph) and slip into orbit around Jupiter. With Juno on autopilot, the delicately choreographed move comes without any help from ground controllers. The spacecraft is traveling   Read More ...
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Unsolved mysteries about solar system’s biggest planet
Glimpses of Jupiter have been beamed back by robotic explorers since the 1970s. Most visits were brief and only one spacecraft spent time circling the planet. So there’s still lots to learn about the biggest planet in the solar system and its four main moons. NASA is headed to Jupiter again for what’s promised to be the best views and most extensive exploration yet. Named for the king of the   Read More ...
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NASA spacecraft nears Jupiter rendezvous
Los Angeles — Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out. The solar-powered Juno spacecraft is on the final leg of a five-year, 1.8 billion-mile voyage to the biggest planet in the solar system. Juno promises to send back the best close-up views as it circles the planet for   Read More ...
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Jupiter's auroras light up planet
Just as one of NASA's telescopes was getting set to enter Jupiter's orbit another wonder appeared on the planet's surface. Video shows a blue spot at the north pole of Jupiter. That's an aurora caused by a cluster of high energy particles at the planet's poles. The spots shown on this video actually are larger than the entire planet Earth. NASA hopes to get a closer look once their satellite   Read More ...
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Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet
Los Angeles — Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out. The solar-powered Juno spacecraft is on the final leg of a five-year, 1.8 billion-mile voyage to the biggest planet in the solar system. Juno promises to send back the best close-up views as it circles the planet for   Read More ...
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Dark spot appears on Neptune
Move over Jupiter, now Neptune has a spot, too. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope last month noticed a dark vortex in the distant planet's atmosphere. Neptune's dark spots or vortices are high-pressure systems and are usually accompanied by bright "companion clouds," which are also now visible. “Dark vortices coast through the atmosphere like huge, lens-shaped gaseous mountains,” said UCal-Berkeley research astronomer Mike Wong, who led the team that looked   Read More ...
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Macomb Township company helps NASA with mission to Mars
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Every day we get closer to a new reality, a reality that has man stepping foot on Mars. Science fiction has painted a wide variety of scenes and expectations, but the human race will eventually know what it's really like to be on the "Red Planet." That day is still many years away, but a company in southeast Michigan is working to make it a reality.   Read More ...
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