Astronomy

Can galaxies ignore their supermassive black holes?

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:00
Galaxies and their central supermassive black holes may not co-evolve as simply as we thought.
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Astronomers discover the most distant supernova ever detected

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:00
At a distance of 10.5 billion light-years, this supernova blows away the record.
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International team publishes roadmap to enhance radioresistance for space colonization

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:00
An international team of scientists from NASA, Health Canada, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and more publish roadmap to enhancing radioresistance for space exporation and colonization.
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Amateur astronomer gets 1-in-10-million shot of supernova’s first light

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:00
While testing a new camera, amateur astronomer Víctor Buso witnessed the start of a supernova some 70 million light-years away.
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Is this the end of the Galileoscope?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:00
After nearly a decade, the Galileoscope project will be drawing to a close unless a project sponsor, science-products company, or other organization steps forward to continue it.
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This week in astronomy history: The announcement of the first pulsar

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:00
50 years ago, a paper published in Nature transformed our understanding of stellar evolution.
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A new study shows mankind’s reaction to alien life would be quite positive

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:00

News of extraterrestrials would likely generate upbeat attitudes.

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A super-Earth in Pisces might be one of the most massive ever discovered

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:00
It’s only slightly larger than Earth but weighs about eight times as much.
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Space Wars Will Look Nothing Like Star Wars

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:00
Darting spaceships. Dazzling lasers. Fiery explosions. All of these are things that a war in space would almost certainly not involve.
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What are the odds that Elon Musk’s Roadster will collide with Earth?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:00
If you’re concerned about a cherry red fireball from the sky, don’t panic.
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Hubble sees Neptune's mysterious shrinking storm

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:00
Three billion miles away on the farthest known major planet in our solar system, an ominous, dark storm - once big enough to stretch across the Atlantic Ocean from Boston to Portugal - is shrinking out of existence as seen in pictures of Neptune taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Immense dark storms on Neptune were first discovered in the late 1980s by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. Since then, only Hubble has had the sharpness in blue light to track these elusive features that have played a
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How does space change the human body?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:00

NASA’s Twins Study sent one identical twin to space for a year, while the other stayed on Earth. Ten separate research projects then tracked how each twin changed.

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Celebrating Pluto’s discovery

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:30
88 years ago, a distant, icy world blinked into view.
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NASA is taking a piece of Mars back home

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 05:00

A martian meteorite will launch with the Mars 2020 mission to help the search for signs of past microbial life.

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AAS Officials Concerned with Proposed Cancellation of WFIRST

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00
Sharing alarm voiced by other scientists, leaders of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are expressing grave concern over the administration’s proposed cuts to NASA’s astrophysics budget and the abrupt cancellation of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). “We cannot accept termination of WFIRST, which was the highest-priority space-astronomy mission in the most recent decadal survey,” says AAS President-Elect Megan Donahue (Michigan State University). &l
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NASA releases record-breaking photos from beyond Pluto

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00
In two hours, New Horizons smashed a 27-year-old record set by Voyager 1 … twice.
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Just how big is the Andromeda galaxy?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00
Astronomers used to believe that the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbor, was three times the size of the Milky Way. Not anymore.
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NASA Acting Administrator Statement on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:00
The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the Fiscal Year 2019 agency budget proposal: “It is my privilege today to present President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request of $19.9 billion for NASA. It reflects the administration’s confidence that through NASA leadership, America will lead the way back to the Moon and take the next giant leap from where we made that first small step nearly 50 years ago. “This budget focuses NASA o
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The Moon’s equatorial bulge hints at Earth’s early conditions

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:00

A frozen Earth may have caused the Moon’s abnormally large equatorial diameter. 

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National Geographic Exclusive: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:00
Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.
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