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Taraji P. Henson to Play Math Genius in New Film ‘Hidden Figures’

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson will play mathematics genius Katherine Johnson in “Hidden Figures” for Fox 2000.

The story centers on Johnson, a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission. [+]

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Spot the International Space Station

Right now, there are humans living and working off the Earth on the International Space Station. They orbit our planet from 250 miles above every 90 minutes, which means the crew sees 16 sunrises and sunsets every day.

If you’re in the right place, at the right time, the space station is visible to the naked eye. It looks like a fast-moving plane, only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. The fact that it’s the third brightest object in the sky makes it easier to spot…if you know when to look up.

That’s where we can help! Our Spot the Station site allows you to enter your location and find out when the space station will be flying overhead. You can even sign up to receive alerts that will send you email or text messages to let you know when and where to look up.

Why is the space station visible? It reflects the light of the Sun, the same reason we can see the Moon. However, unlike the Moon, the space station isn’t bright enough to see during the day.

To find out when the space station is flying over your area, visit: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

Learn more about the International Space Station and the crew HERE.

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Scientists just looked beyond the Milky Way — and discovered hundreds of new galaxies

Using a radio telescope called the Parkes telescope, a team of international researchers looked past the Milky Way and discovered an astounding 883 galaxies, 240 of which were previously unseen by scientists.

While the discovery by itself is pretty rad, it’s also notable because it may provide some answers for the mystery scientists call the Great Attractor.

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This Oscar-nominated animated short follows two cosmonauts as they prepare for a space mission.

Learn more about the film from its creator.