Astronomy

Lab mimicry opens a window to the deep interiors of stars and planets

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 04:00
A team of scientists used techniques to mimic stellar and planetary conditions to observe how noble gases behave in order to better understand the atmospheric and internal chemistry of these celestial objects.
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Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 04:00
Researchers theorize that some “warm Neptune” exoplanets could have helium-enriched atmospheres after their hydrogen boiled off.
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Rosetta's Philae lander wakes up from hibernation

Astronomy Magazine - Sun, 06/14/2015 - 04:00
It appears the lander also was awake once before on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko but couldn't contact its team on Earth.
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The Hubble Telescope detects “sunscreen” layer on distant planet

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:00
The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed.
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SPHERE reveals earliest stage of planetary nebula formation

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:00
These observations of the red giant star L2 Puppis also clearly show a close stellar companion.
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Chandra finds evidence for serial black hole eruptions

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:00
The supermassive black hole in NGC 5813 has erupted at least three times, with the latest still occurring.
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Bright spots shine in newest Dawn Ceres images

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:00
The spots consist of many individual bright points of differing sizes with a central cluster, but scientists still don’t know an explanation for them.
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Sunset jets on Rosetta’s comet

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:00
Researchers from the OSIRIS team believe that the increasing heating-up of Comet 67P is responsible for newly observed night activity.
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Fly over Ceres in new video

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:00
The video is based on observations of Ceres that were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit.
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ALMA’s observation of Einstein ring reveals extraordinary detail

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:00
The new observations reveal star-forming clumps in the galaxy equivalent to giant versions of the Orion Nebula.
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NASA spacecraft detects impact glass on surface of Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 04:00
Like they do on Earth, these deposits might provide a window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet.
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Charting the Milky Way from the inside out

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 04:00
Using WISE, researchers have discovered more than 400 dust-shrouded nurseries of stars that have helped them trace the shape of our galaxy’s spiral arms.
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Three candidates for the European Space Agency’s next medium-class science mission

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 04:00
The three proposals each offer the chance to tackle some of the major outstanding scientific questions about our place in the universe.
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Hubble finds two chaotically tumbling Pluto moons

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 04:00
A comprehensive analysis of all available Hubble Space Telescope data shows that Nix and Hydra are wobbling unpredictably.
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Crashing comets may explain mysterious lunar swirls

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 04:00
Simulations suggest that comet impacts can account for many of the features in the swirls.
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Astronomers discover a young solar system around a nearby star

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 04:00
This work provides a valuable key to understanding the early formation of the Sun and planets.
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Cassini sends final close views of odd moon Hyperion

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 04:00
Hyperion is the largest of Saturn’s irregular moons and may be the remnant of a violent collision that shattered a larger object into pieces.
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Ultraviolet study reveals surprises in Rosetta comet coma

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:00
The Rosetta spacecraft has discovered that electrons are responsible for the rapid breakup of water and carbon dioxide molecule's erupting from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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