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  1. Trilobites: Unlocking Mysteries in the Sun’s 11-Year Cycle
    Two studies focused on the sun’s maximum and minimum periods of activity, yielding new findings about its internal processes and external corona.
  2. Moon Express Sets Its Sights on Deliveries to the Moon and Beyond
    The company, Moon Express, is aiming to win the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize competition and become a payload delivery company.
  3. Trilobites: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Gets Its Close-Up
    NASA’s Juno spacecraft passed a few thousand miles above the gargantuan storm, revealing intricate patterns of swirling clouds.
  4. A College Town Gets Ready for Its Moment Under No Sun
    One of the best places to view August’s solar eclipse, Carbondale, home to Southern Illinois University, will host scientists and eclipse groupies.
  5. Trending: Where and How to See the Total Eclipse This Summer in the U.S.
    On Aug. 21, the sun’s disappearance behind the moon will be visible from the Oregon coast to South Carolina. Here are eight places to see it.
  6. Out There: Earth-Size Planets Among Final Tally of NASA’s Kepler Telescope
    Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list of objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.
  7. Feature: Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)
    A new initiative to beam messages into space may be our best shot yet at learning whether we’re alone in the universe. There’s just one problem: What if we’re not?
  8. Tiny Satellites From Silicon Valley May Help Track North Korea Missiles
    Civilian satellites developed to count cars in Target parking lots and monitor crops are being reconfigured to help the American military detect North Korea’s missile launches.
  9. Trilobites: Waves Above the Earth May Have Once Caused a ‘Nocturnal Sun’
    Historical observations of bright nights that were almost like daytime have a new explanation in forces of the upper atmosphere.
  10. Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73
    Mr. Nelson’s design, made decades after the size limit was thought to have been reached, allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before.
  11. Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
    This is the third black-hole smashup that astronomers have detected since they started keeping watch on the cosmos back in September 2015.
  12. Out There: Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings
    The spacecraft is set to venture into the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring 22 times until Sept. 15, then crash into the planet.
  13. Bag With Moon Dust in It Fetches $1.8 Million From a Mystery Buyer
    A lunar landing, a museum loan, a theft, a critical error, a legal battle — and now, a sale at auction. What’s next for this bag of moon dust?
  14. Trilobites: What a Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like From Space
    A time lapse made from a Japanese weather satellite’s images shows the shadow the moon casts on the Earth when it blocks out the sun.
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