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The full moon of February is called the Snow Moon. Its Cree name is Cepizun, meaning “old moon.” Other names are Hunger Moon, Storm Moon and Candles Moon.

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Ice hole left from earlier meteor

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Artist's concept of Dawn with Vesta (left) and Ceres

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SaLuSa, Aurora and Adrial: What will take place on the 21st Dec. 2012?

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The eclipsed sun beams through clouds over Queensland Australia on Nov. 14, 2012. Note the crescent shape of the internal reflection just above the photographer's right elbow. Photo credit: Tony Phillips

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Rise of Zombie Nebula

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Discovered: Super-Earth exoplanet seems habitable; it's alive—this gelatinous lab-bred blob; rethinking the theory that genes cause disease; fairy-wrens identify themselves with code words.

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Black Brant Rocket Launch NASA via Universe Today

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A new ScienceCast video looks into the case of the planet-devouring red giant BD+48 740. Play it!

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Caption: Cross-polarized transmitted-light image of a lunar rock reveals its hidden beauty. In broad daylight the rocks are an unprepossessing -- even an ugly -- gray.

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75 Scientific Mysteries, Illustrated by Some of Today's Hottest Artists | Brain Pickings

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Craters photographed by MESSENGER spacecraft may appear to resemble a familiar television character, a favorite of children. Image acquired August 29, 2012.

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Supersolids (Image: Tara Thelen/Getty Images)

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A new view of the Whirlpool Galaxy, one of the two largest and sharpest images Hubble Space Telescope has ever taken, is released by NASA on Hubble's 15th anniversary April 25, 2005. The new Whirlpool Galaxy image showcases the spiral galaxy's curving arms where newborn stars reside and its yellowish central core that serves as home for older stars. During the 15 years Hubble has orbited the Earth, it has taken more than 700,000 photos of the cosmos. (CREDIT : REUTERS/NASA/Handout)

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star in this image released by NASA November 13, 2008. Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis, or the "Southern Fish." Fomalhaut has been a candidate for planet hunting ever since an excess of dust was discovered around the star in the ear

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NASA handout image of an artist's concept illustrating an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation. Astronomers using the Herschel Space Observatory detected copious amounts of cool water vapor, illustrated in blue, emanating from the star's planet-forming disk of dust and gas.

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NASA handout image shows an artist's concept of the planet Kepler-16b with its two stars. The cold planet, with its gaseous surface, is not thought to be habitable. The largest of the two stars, a K dwarf, is about 69 percent the mass of our sun, and the smallest, a red dwarf, is about 20 percent the sun's mass. These star pairs are called eclipsing binaries. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt/Handout

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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a fledgling solar system like the one depicted in this artist's concept, finding deep within it enough water vapor to fill all the oceans on Earth five times. The scientists peered at an embryonic star called IRAS 4B located in our Milky Way galaxy about 1,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Perseus

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This artist's impression shows a sunset seen from the super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc. The brightest star in the sky is the red dwarf Gliese 667 C, which is part of a triple star system. The other two more distant stars, Gliese 667 A and B appear in the sky also to the right.

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New Dark Energy Telescope Snaps First Cosmic Photos

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A NASA-funded researcher at the University of Iowa has found “portals” where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away. “We call them X-points or electron diffusion regions,” explains plasma physicist Jack Scudder of

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This is the Homunculus Nebula, and it's spewing out gas

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The Cloud Imaging and Particle Size experiment on NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere satellite observes PMCs about ten times brighter than usual over Scandanvia the day after launch of STS-135. Water vapor exhaust from the shuttle and other rockets may have led to significant PMC production of the past three decades, complicating the use of PMC occurrence as an indicator of upper atmospheric climate change. Credit: US Naval Research Laboratory

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This is an artist's conception of J0651 with ripples to demonstrate how the white dwarf pair is emitting gravitational waves. Credit: NASA

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Remembering The Moon Landing

How The Media Covered Neil Armstrong's Historic Feat

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