Astronomy

Mismatched twin stars spotted in the delivery room

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:00
The discovery of these stellar twins could provide invaluable insight into the formation and evolution of massive stars, close binaries, and star nurseries.
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Exploded star blooms like a cosmic flower

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:00
Astronomers are discovering that some type Ia supernova explosions may not be as symmetric as previously thought.
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The Very Large Array finds unexpected “storm” at galaxy’s core

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:00
The discovery provides important insight on how supermassive black holes can have a catastrophic effect on the galaxies in which they reside.
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Astronomers catch multiple-star system in first stages of formation

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:00
Direct observations of this process give strong support to one of several suggested pathways to producing such systems.
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Experimental spaceplane completes research flight

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 05:00
The European Space Agency’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle flew a flawless reentry and splashed down in the Pacific today.
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NASA spacecraft completes 40,000 Mars orbits

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:00
The orbiter is investigating seasonal and longer-term changes, including some warm-season flows that are the strongest evidence so far for liquid water on Mars today.
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Google helps Lick Observatory stay open with $1 million gift

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:00
A resurgence of support from the University of California and several large donations signal a turning of the tide for the world’s first permanent mountaintop observatory.
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Europe set to test new spaceplane

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:00
In a world first, the European Space Agency will launch and land an unmanned spaceplane February 11 that has no wings but instead features an aerodynamic shape that produces the lift to fly through the atmosphere.
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First pair of merging stars destined to become supernova found

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:00
A team of astronomers has discovered a close pair of white dwarf stars in a planetary nebula that have a total mass of about 1.8 times that of the Sun.
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Curiosity analyzing sample of martian mountain

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 05:00
Preliminary results suggest the area had acidic ancient conditions
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Planck mission explores the history of our universe

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 05:00
The latest data release is providing insights on the first stars, dark energy, and cosmic structure.
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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter discovers lunar hydrogen more abundant on Moon’s pole-facing slopes

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:00
Explorers are excited because these deposits could be mined if they are sufficiently abundant.
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Hubble captures rare triple-moon conjunction

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:00
These so-called Galilean satellites complete orbits around Jupiter with durations ranging from two to 17 days.
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New Horizons returns new images of Pluto

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 20:30
These are the first photos of the Pluto system for the spacecraft's optical navigation phase of the mission.
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Rosetta swoops in for a close encounter

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 05:00
The February 14 flyby will allow the spacecraft to sample the innermost parts of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s atmosphere.
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New infrared view of the Trifid Nebula reveals new variable stars far beyond

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 05:00
They are the first such stars found that lie in the central plane of the Milky Way beyond its central bulge.
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Meade appoints new president

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 05:00
Victor Aniceto, former vice president of sales and marketing, will succeed Joe Lupica.
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“Live fast, die young” galaxies lose the gas that keeps them alive

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:00
A pilot study looking at galaxies that die young has found some might shoot out this gas early on, causing them to redden and kick the bucket prematurely.
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Meteorite may represent “bulk background” of Mars’ battered crust

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:00
NWA 7034 has been shown to be a 4.4-billion-year-old chunk of the martian crust, the first such sample to make it to Earth.
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