Volume: 06, Issue: 12 12/10/2008 
This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
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Artist's impression of the trio of super-Earths discovered by an European team using the HARPS spectrograph on ESO's 3.6-m telescope at La Silla, Chile, after 5 years of monitoring. Image credit: ESO Press Photo 19a/08.
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Jet Power and Black Hole Assortment Revealed in New Chandra. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al Radio: NSF/VLA/Univ. of Hertfordshire/M.Hardcastle et al. Optical: ESO/VLT/ISAAC/M.Rejkuba et al.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
2008: The Year in Space
Rivers of Gas Flow Around Stars in New Space Image
Hubble Telescope Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet
NASA Orbiter Finds Martian Rock Record with 10 Beats to the Bar
 

Science Events

To keep your students motivated and learning about science over their winter break, here are a number of activities you can recommend.

ExxonMobil Dream Tour With Astronaut Bernard Harris
Former U.S. Astronaut Bernard Harris will give students and teachers in San Antonio a first-hand experience with the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics when The Dream Tour, presented by ExxonMobil, makes its first stop on February 19 at Bernard C. Harris Middle School. The tour is designed to help today's middle school students reach their potential through the power of strong math and science programs and provide improved tools for teachers to deliver more engaging classroom activities. Deadline: 1/1/2009.
For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.theharrisfoundation.org/.

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Exhibit
During its 75th Anniversary year, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry will build a functioning, three-story modular and sustainable "green" home in its own backyard to showcase the ways people can make eco-friendly living a part of their lives and to highlight unique home technologies for the 21st century. Advance tickets will be on sale online. Deadline: 1/4/2009.
For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.msichicago.org/.

Iron Science Teacher Competition
In this zany science cookoff, teachers compete before a live audience at San Francisco's Exploratorium. In a fast-paced atmosphere where showmanship and creativity reign, they are given 10 minutes and a secret ingredient to concoct a science activity that can be used in the classroom. As contestant Don Rathjen summed up, "This helps teachers teach the $10 million state science standards on a $10 budget."Deadline: 12/31/2008.
For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science/index.php.

usagraduate.com Online Student Competition
Open to grades 412, usagraduate.com is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. The competition can be a fun way to stimulate interest in STEM and engage students in various STEM topics to help them understand their practical applications. Each week, participating students review a tutorial on a different STEM topic and answer some short quiz questions to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.
For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.usagraduate.com/.

Young Scientist Challenge Television Program
This two-hour program, appearing on the Science Channel, will showcase the nervous energy, joy, and drama inherent in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Cheered on by their friends and family, middle school students from around the country compete in the Challenge. The contestants were chosen from thousands of nationwide entries, and this fall the top 10 finalists converged on NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, D.C. for the championship. Check your local listings for the time.
For more information, please visit the following website:
http://science.discovery.com//.

    
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