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'Water-Trapped' Worlds: Life Around a Cool Star

A new study takes a deeper look into the fate of life-permitting water on Earth-like planets around red dwarf stars, the most common stars in the universe. Full story

Smaller, paler Earth unveiled in new NASA photo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A robotic space probe nearly 900 million miles from Earth turned its gaze away from Saturn and its entourage of moons to take a picture of its home planet, NASA said on Monday. Full story

Earth prepares for glamour shots from space

Smile Earth! You're on camera. Full story

Two Distant Spacecraft Set to Take Photos of Earth Friday

In a cosmic coincidence, two NASA spacecraft in orbit around distant planets in the solar system are expected to take photos of Earth tomorrow (July 19). Full story

Study: Dead stars colliding forged gold on Earth

A strange glow in space has provided fresh evidence that all the gold on Earth was forged from ancient collisions of dead stars, researchers reported Wednesday. Full story

Next Mars mission should search for past microbial life: science panel

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's next mission to Mars should look for past microbial life and collect samples to eventually bring back to Earth, a science advisory group said on Tuesday. Full story

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Finding the Path to Earth's Early Oxygen

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Supermoon: Humanity's Fascination Explained

NASA Moon Probe Celebrates 4th Birthday on Supermoon Sunday

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  Supermoon weekend

The moon passed by Earth at its closest point of the year this weekend, making for spectacular views around the globe, NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

  NBC News Update: June 3rd, 2013

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg dies, Mother nature wreaks havoc on both coasts and a crash landing for After Earth at the box office.

  12-year-old Mass. Boy wins National Geographic Bee

Sathwik Karnik cruised to victory in the National Geographic Bee. To clinch the title, the 12 year old from Plainville, Mass correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earth’s center.  NBC’s Ali Weinberg reports.   

  You Tube sensation perform ‘Gang of Rhythm’

The Canadian band Walk off the Earth have racked up millions of clicks on YouTube covering hits like “Somebody That I Used to Know” using only one guitar. The group perform the song “Gang of Rhythm” for Kathie Lee and Hoda.

  Solar flare disrupts radio communications

A mid-level solar flare that NASA is calling the sun's "spring fling" was strong enough to temporarily silence radios on Earth. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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A Sun-like star in its end phase of life about 4,200 light years from Earth.
A Sun-like star in its end phase of life about 4,200 light years from Earth.

When a star like our Sun uses up all of the hydrogen in its core, it becomes what is called a "planetary nebula." During this stage, the star begins to cool and expand, increasing its radius by tens to hundreds of times its original size. Eventually, the outer layers of the star are swept away by a

Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon are seen in this NASA handout image
Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon are seen in this NASA handout image

Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon are seen in this image taken by the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft July 19, 2013. Earth, which is 898 million miles (1.44 billion km) away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusi

Handout of the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft capturing Saturn's rings and planet Earth and its moon in the same frame
Handout of the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft capturing Saturn's rings and planet Earth and its moon in the same frame

The wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and planet Earth and its moon in the same frame in this rare image taken on July 19, 2013 courtesy of NASA. A robotic space probe nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion km) from Earth turned its gaze away from Saturn and i