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The mosaic image collected on December 2 and provided by NASA shows an asteroid Bennu, which is being analyzed by the NASA probe Osiris-REx. Bennu continues to impose the Earth's orbit and extend beyond our planet for 150 years. (NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona / AP) On June 30, 1908, something that the size of an apartment building …

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Ten big science stories of 2018

The year 2018 provided plenty to chew on if you're interested in science and the environment. From the stark warning from climate scientists about the dangers of letting temperatures rise beyond 1.5C to the discovery of a 20km-wide liquid water lake on Mars, it was a memorable year. Here's a rundown of some of the most eye- catching stories. A …

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Astronaut from Orcas Island took famous 'Earthrise' photo

On Christmas Eve 50 years ago, astronaut William "Bill" Anders – an Air Force pilot with connections to Bellingham – snapped one of the most famous photographs in history as he and two other members of the first lunar mission watched planet Earth loom "We went all that way to discover the moon and what we really discovered was the …

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Bad Astronomy | A White Christmas for the Red Planet

Did you know Mars has seasons similar to Earth's? The reason we have seasons is that the Earth is tilted; its rotation axis is tipped with respect to its orbit (what we call the obliquity) by about 23.5 °. Mars is tipped by about 25 °, so it has seasons pretty much like we do. But then, Mars's orbit is …

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