Astronomy

Astronomers get their first look at a mysterious galaxy with an unknown past

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 05:00
Why settle for one ring when you can have two?
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A chunk of interplanetary debris recently slammed into Mars and left this fresh crater and spray of ejecta

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 05:00
Small asteroids and chunks of cometary debris frequently slam into the surface of Mars, gouging out new craters. Thanks to a high resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists can often spot such impacts relatively soon after they occur. The image above, acquired by the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is a compelling example. It shows a crater and blast zone from an impact that likely occurred as recently as this past August, and no lat
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How the Voyagers and Hubble work together to map the final frontier

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 05:00

Three of NASA’s longest lasting missions work together to explore what lies beyond the Sun’s reach.


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Lowell Observatory to renovate Tombaugh’s Pluto telescope

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 05:00
The 1920’s era scope will be cleaned and repaired to return to tiptop shape
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Astronomy on Tap lights up the nights

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 05:00
By combining science with a few stellar brews, Astronomy on Tap has become a hit.
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How NASA uses a common amateur astronomy technique to make huge discoveries

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 05:00
The Chandra deep field manages to look back to the edge of the visible universe using image stacking.
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Astronomers discover two pulsars with an 'off' switch

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 05:00
Now you see them, now you don’t
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Fast radio bursts now a bit less mysterious

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:00
For as long as astronomers have known about Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), they’ve been stumped. About a decade ago, researchers discovered in archived 2001 data an extremely fast — just a few milliseconds — burst of radio emissions. They’d never seen anything like it before, and didn’t know where it came from or what could cause it. Finally, we’re starting to get a few answers. Astronomers announced today at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society
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Exploring our solar system’s origins with two new NASA missions

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:00

NASA’s newest Discovery-class missions will teach us more about our solar system and its formation.

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The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer joins NASA’s Explorers Program lineup

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:00
NASA’s latest Explorers mission will focus on black holes and neutron stars
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This researcher wants to initiate contact with Proxima Centauri b

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 05:00

The exoplanet next door could soon get an out-of-this-world radio broadcast.

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This is astronaut Piers Sellers’ last message before his death

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 05:00

The UK-born astronaut and climate scientist recorded a final message for the global community before his death.

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Pioneering physicist Vera Rubin dies at age 88

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 05:00

Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter while fighting against entrenched sexism.

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When astronauts 'saved' the worst year in American history (not 2016)

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 05:00
You know it’s been tough times when a Dumpster fire is the meme of the year. Indeed, 2016 has been rough: pop culture icons died, police and activists squared off in major cities, we survived a cutthroat presidential election, Syria burned, terrorists attacked around the globe. And, like today, most people were eager to tack a new calendar on the wall by the time Bill Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell launched for the moon on December 21, 1968 — the unofficial worst year ever in t
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CERN scientists get the first glance of the innards of anti-matter

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 05:00
By peering into the spectra of anti-hydrogen, we may come one step closer to understanding matter's shadowy twin — and why it's so hard to find.
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Two Google Lunar X Prize teams will share a ride to the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 05:00
A perfect example of people coming together for space exploration
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