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When is a comet not a comet?
On average, only one comet per year can be seen soaring across the sky with the naked eye. If you're very lucky, you might have seen one for yourself, and this picture will look very familiar. But as much as it looks like a comet, this object baffled astronomers when it turned out to be a simple asteroid!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

Math modeling contest expands westward! Registration open in 45 states and D.C.
With the addition of the US heartland this year, more students than ever are eligible to compete for a share of $125,000 in scholarship prizes to be awarded in the 2014 Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a prestigious applied math competition for high school students. Internet-based and free of registration and participation fees, the M3 Challenge requires participants to consider and analyze a relevant issue using mathematical modeling to come up with a practical solution.

Contact: Frank Kunkle
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Registration deadline approaching for UH Mars rover event
Houston-area grade schoolers have until Nov. 15 to reserve a spot in the 12th Annual Mars Rover Model Celebration and Competition at the University of Houston. Open to students in grades three through eight, the contest is an educational program developed to spark students' interest in science and technology. Student teams research, design and construct a model rover to carry out a specific science mission on the planet's surface.

Contact: Lisa Merkl
University of Houston

The largest asteroid impact on Earth in a century
Earlier this year, on Feb. 15, an asteroid violently exploded above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. It caused the largest airburst, or explosion, on the planet since a similar event occurred back in 1908 (also in Russia). And since it happened in a heavily populated area, where cell phones, video cameras and other recording devices are common, researchers have been able to gather a tremendous amount of information about it.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Jellyfish pumpkin takes grand prize in VIMS carving contest
Ph.D. student Itchika Sivaipram of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science carved the winning entry in VIMS' 2013 "Pumpkano" Contest.

Contact: David Malmquist
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Beyond rats: Bats reveal neurons' role in 3-D navigation
When Princeton University's Michael M. Yartsev chose to study how bats build mental maps of their whereabouts, he chose an animal model that would greatly expand neuroscientists' insights into the way the brain encodes space.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Termite NASCAR coming to the Austin Insect Rodeo Expo
Termite NASCAR is just one of many activities for children at the Austin Insect Rodeo Expo, a free event at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Contact: Mariel Snyder
Entomological Society of America

Student scientists receive unexpected results from research in space
For then-high school students Dorothy Chen and Sara Ma of Troy, Mich., and Amr Mohamed of Alexandria, Egypt, the sky no longer is the limit for their research questions. Chen, Ma and Mohamed completed research investigations as winners of the YouTube Space Lab global contest.

Contact: Laura Niles
NASA/Johnson Space Center

Now you see me, now you don't
Like the stars they evolve from, there are different kinds of supernovae. One kind is the "Type Ib" supernova. Every year astronomers see dozens of them in far away galaxies, but they've never managed to identify exactly which star exploded. Before they turn into bright supernovae, the distant stars are usually too faint to make out. However, with this supernova astronomers think that for the first time they've worked out which star created the super-bright object in this picture!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

Sharing our cosmic vision
The night sky is enormous, and filled with billions of strange and exotic objects. In this issue of Space Scoop, we learn about the Virtual Observatory and how one team of astronomers has used it to analyze data on thousands of galaxies.

Contact: Ryan Laird
Leiden University

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