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Clear Skies Will Be Perfect For Meteor Shower Watching

I've talked before about my love for the night sky, and with the annual Perseid meteor shower at peak activity the next few nights, it's a perfect time to find a nice, dark place to do some sky watching.

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NASA Image
NASA Image
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Spacecraft Makes Historic Encounter With Pluto Today

History was made today as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became the first man-made object to fly by the dwarf planet Pluto and return images.

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Caters TV via YouTube
Caters TV via YouTube
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Watch These Animals Watch Themselves [Video]

Most of us who own a pet know the entertainment value of a mirror. My dog Sydney, the friendliest dog you could ever meet, turns up her lip and growls when she sees herself in a mirror. This group of scientists were curious about what different animals would do when faced with their own reflections, so they set mirrors up in various locations to watch the reactions of gorillas, jaguars, elephants, and more. Check it out:

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NASA Video
NASA Video
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UPDATED: Watch Live – SpaceX Launches And Attempts To Land Rocket [Livestream]

UPDATE Tuesday, April 14, 3:38pm: Today's launch is on as scheduled for 4:10pm. Watch the livestream below:

UPDATE 4:28pm: Weather has scrubbed today's launch, which is now scheduled for 4:10pm tomorrow. We'll keep the live feed up here so you can watch.

Happening right now - Commercial space company SpaceX will launch their Falcon 9 rocket in a little less than an hour (scheduled for 4:30pm) and attempt an unprecedented landing of the vehicle as well. Watch along with the livestream below:

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SpaceX via YouTube
SpaceX via YouTube
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You Have To See These Amazing Rocket Launches [Video]

At this early point in the retail availability of 4K resolution TVs and monitors, most of us don't have them yet. But, that being said, I highly recommend that you find the biggest monitor that you can find, if you have a smart TV with YouTube, even better, and watch this video full screen at the best resolution that you can manage. 4K or not, it's still totally mind blowing and totally cool. Watch:

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Blendtec via YouTube
Blendtec via YouTube
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Don’t Try This At Home – But It’s Really Cool To Watch [Video]

You absolutely, positively, without question should not try this at home. But what happens when a bunch of neodymium magnet balls get all mixed up in a blender is pretty darn cool. Check it out:

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YouTube
YouTube
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Watch How Hamsters Stuff Their Cheeks [Video]

If you ever had a pet hamster, you probably wondered how they jammed all that food into their cheeks. For little critters, they can sure load up on a ridiculous amount of snacks. So how do they do it? Well, leave it to the British to show us - on a new series they use x-rays to see inside a ravenous rodent while he jams his jowls with treats. Check it out:

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Vimeo
Vimeo
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Watch – You Won’t Believe These Sculptures Are Real [Video]

You know how when you wave your hand in front of a strobe light it makes it look like it's moving weird? These sculptures use a similar idea - they're rotated on their bases and then a camera shutter set to a certain speed makes them look like they're undulating and morphing, even though they're solid sculptures. It's pretty amazing, check it out:

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YouTube
YouTube
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Watch This Stunning View of the Antares Rocket From 3,000 Feet [Video]

Yesterday's Antares rocket explosion stunned everyone when it was broadcast live on televisions and computers around the world. Since then, more videos have come out from spectators nearby. But this may be the most stunning - taken by a small airplane pilot who was flying at 3,000 feet. I got goosebumps when watching the moment that the pilot realized that something had obviously gone wrong with the launch. Watch for yourself:

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CNN
CNN
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NASA Rocket Explodes on Launch

Moments ago, NASA's Antares rocket, launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has exploded on liftoff.

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