September 23rd, 2011
09:42 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to 5 space agencies and companies that are doing some amazing things in the world of spaceflight and exploration.
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September 16th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), specifically the accounts that tweet about #earthquakes.

The @USGS estimates that several million earthquakes occur each year, but many of these earthquakes go undetected because they happen in remote areas or have small magnitudes. The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) locates about 50 earthquakes each day, or about 20,000 a year, according to the USGS website.

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September 9th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to NASA Tweetups.

What is a NASA Tweetup? Basically, a Tweetup is a real life meeting of Twitter users. NASA holds Tweetups to give followers the “opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at NASA facilities and events and speak with scientists, engineers, astronauts and managers,” according to the NASA Tweetup website.
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September 2nd, 2011
09:24 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to a few Twitter accounts to follow for health science news, research, and information.

@CDCgov
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tweets important health and safety information, such as how to be prepared for a hurricane and ways parents can make sure children are safe as they go back to school.

@CDCEmergency
The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Twitter account aims to increase "the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies." Follow @CDCEmergency for important health and safety information, such as tips like how to safely use a chainsaw during tree removal after a disaster like Hurricane Irene.

@NIHforHealth
The National Institutes of Health (which is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers) is the nation's medical research agency and focused on "making discoveries that improve health and save lives." Follow @NIHforHealth for the latest news on health science and research.

@brainline
BrainLine.org is an online traumatic brain injury resource that provides information on preventing, treating and living with a traumatic brain injury. Follow @brainline for the latest #braininjury information, as well as help and support.

@lizlandau
Elizabeth Landau is a CNN.com reporter who covers health and science news, as well as a contributor for @CNNLightYears. Follow @lizlandau for tweets on the news she is covering, from a medieval plague bacteria strain that is  probably extinct to her reports on brain injuries and her own concussion.

@SanjayGuptaCNN
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent and Neurosurgeon, Dr. Gupta is a Twitter heavy-hitter with over 1.3 million followers. Follow @SanjayGuptaCNN for his latest work at CNN, such as the #lastheartattack documentary, as well as interesting #medmystery tweets.

You can also follow Twitter updates from @CNNLightYears and @CNNHealth.

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August 26th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to Twitter accounts you can follow for updates on Hurricane Irene. You can track Irene on CNN.com.

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August 19th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to NASA’s Dawn mission. Scientists hope that Dawn, which was launched in 2007, will provide a better understanding of how the solar system formed.

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August 12th, 2011
10:08 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to a few of our favorite go-to accounts for science news and discoveries.

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August 5th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to Twitter accounts that tweet about the study and conservation of the ocean. The ocean covers 71% of Earth's surface and contains 97% of Earth's water, yet more than 95% of it remains unexplored,  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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July 29th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to @NASA’s official Earth science mission accounts. "NASA’s goal is to understand the changing climate, its interaction with life, and how human activities affect the environment,” according to NASA’s Earth science website.

@NASA_EO
NASA’s Earth Observatory tweets images and discoveries about climate and the environment.

@NASAHurricane
NASA’s Hurricane and Tropical Cyclone account tweets the latest storm images and data.

@NASA_ICE
@NASA_ICE tweets about the Earth's sea ice, land ice, snow, and permafrost. Follow this account for tweets from #ICESCAPE, a multi-year NASA shipborne project taking place in the Arctic Ocean.

@EarthVitalSigns
NASA's "Eyes on the Earth" Twitter account offers news on all-things climate.

@NASANPP
The official Twitter account from NASA's newest climate and weather satellite, NPP, which is scheduled to launch on October 25th.  The NPOESS Preparatory Project "will orbit the Earth about 16 times each day and observe nearly the entire surface."

You can also follow Twitter updates from @CNNLightYears.

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July 22nd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

#FollowFriday

Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian Institution includes 19 museums and galleries, nine research centers, and the National Zoo.

@Smithsonian
The official account of the Smithsonian Institution tweets about exhibits and history tidbits, as well as interacts with museum goers.

@airandspace
The Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum tweets about historical events, posting "today in . . ." tweets. @airandspace also shares current museum events like Mars Day (which just so happens to be today).

@chandraxray
Chandra X-Ray Observatory tweets about new findings from studying black holes, stars, and clusters of galaxies. Follow @chandraxray for tweets about new discoveries and explanations of our universe.

@NationalZoo
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park tweets about its huge collection of animals, such as the zoo's first whooping crane since 1923. @NationalZoo also lets followers know about live zoo cameras, such as the one that shows seven black-footed ferret babies.

@NMNH
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History lets followers know about exhibits, offering "Daily Dose of Science" and "Fun Fact Friday" tweets.

For a list of all Smithsonian Institution Twitter accounts, click here.

You can also follow Twitter updates from @CNNLightYears.

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