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18 Sep 14  

 October’s Lunar Eclipse Won’t Be Unusually Dark | Video SPACE.com
Volcanic eruptions can dramatically deepen the hue of lunar eclipses. But even with recent activity around the Pacific, the Oct 8th, 2014 passing of Earth's shadow is expected to be a normal coppery red.
 Is Pluto a Planet? Definition Takes Center Stage in Webcast Tonight SPACE.com
Experts will debate different definitions of the term "planet" during a live webcast tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Watch it live here on Space.com.
 On Saturn's Moon Titan, Methane Rain Transforms Into Icy Reservoirs SPACE.com
As the liquid on Titan interacts with the crust of the moon, changes in their composition could reveal processes from deep underground.
 NASA's Second Shuttle Carrier Jet Lands on Public Display SPACE.com
For the second time this year, a NASA jet used to ferry the space shuttles across the country has been put on public display. The youngest modified-Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was towed to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in California.
 NASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Set for Red Planet Arrival on Sunday SPACE.com
NASA's MAVEN probe is slated to arrive at the Red Planet around 9:50 p.m. EDT Sunday. The spacecraft's handlers are reporting no problems during the home stretch of its 10-month space journey.
 Not What It Seems | Space Wallpaper SPACE.com
This stunning space wallpaper from the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile shows the globular cluster Messier 54. This cluster looks very similar to many others, but it has a secret.
17 Sep 14  

 Mysterious Satellite Launched from Florida by Atlas 5 Rocket SPACE.com
Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.
 Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to Build New Rocket Engine for US Launch Provider SPACE.com
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the private spaceflight company Blue Origin are going to fund the development of Blue Origin's new BE-4 liquid rocket engine, representatives with both companies revealed today (Sept. 17).
 Expert Voices: Reactions to NASA's Private Space Taxi Picks SPACE.com
NASA astronauts should be able to hitch a ride to space aboard space taxis built by private two companies in the next three years, and reactions are strong.
 Some Galaxies Like Our Milky Way are Born in Colossal Crashes SPACE.com
The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth.
 NASA’s Mars MAVEN Needs Unusual Orbit To Study Atmosphere | Video SPACE.com
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission will study how the Mars’ atmosphere has changed over time, from a highly elliptical orbit peaking at more than 3800 miles from the surface.
 Asteroid Science: How 'Armageddon' Got It Wrong SPACE.com
In the 1998 movie 'Armageddon,' an asteroid the size of Texas threatens to collide with Earth in 18 days. Despite its entertainment value, the film is fantastically inaccurate, astronomer Phil Plait said.
 New 'Fly-Eye' Telescope Dramatically Widens Field Of View | Operation Animation SPACE.com
This European instrument will split the view of the night sky into 16 'tiled' images, giving astronomers a 6.7° field of view. That’s 13X the size of the Moon, as seen from Earth.
 Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy SPACE.com
Astronomers have found that a small, nearby galaxy may harbor a giant secret — a supermassive black hole at its heart equal in mass to about 21 million suns.
 How A Tiny Dwarf Galaxy Came To Own A Super-Massive Black Hole | Video SPACE.com
M60-UCD1 is five hundred times smaller than our Milky Way Galaxy, yet its core contains a singularity 5 times larger. This black hole comprises 15% of the little galaxy’s total mass of about 140 million Suns.
 NASA Announces a New Challenge at World Maker Faire NASA Breaking News
NASA will announce a new challenge to engage the public in the agency’s journey to Mars Saturday, Sept. 20, at the World Maker Faire in New York City. NASA Chief Technologist David Miller will announce the details of the new challenge during a talk in the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
 NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion NASA Breaking News
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.
 NASA Administrator Visits North Texas Air Traffic Management Facilities, Discusses NextGen Development NASA Breaking News
NASA and aviation partners of the agency's North Texas Research Station (NTX) facility will host a media availability with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at 11:15 a.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 19, in Fort Worth, Texas. The event will highlight new and cutting-edge NASA aeronautics technologies being evaluated to improve air travel across the country.
 Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole NASA Breaking News
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.
 NASA Seeks America's Best and Brightest for Space Technology Research Fellowships NASA Breaking News
NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships.