Astronomy

A new planetarium show shines a light on a dark solar system mystery

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 04:00
A new show at the Adler Planetarium tells the story of Planet Nine, by way of the Kuiper Belt.
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Secrets revealed from Pluto’s “twilight zone”

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 04:00
Looking back at Pluto with images like this gives New Horizons scientists information about Pluto’s hazes and surface properties that they can’t get from images taken on approach.
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NASA’s Hubble finds universe is expanding faster than expected

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 04:00
This surprising finding may be an important clue to understanding those mysterious parts of the universe that make up 95 percent of everything and don’t emit light, such as dark energy, dark matter, and dark radiation.
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New observational distance record promises important tool for studying galaxies

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:00
This will open a whole new realm of research into how galaxies evolve and interact with their surroundings over cosmic time.
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Jupiter’s clouds hide huge pillars of ammonia gasses

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:00
A new study finds that Galileo’s atmospheric probe may have stumbled into an anomalous structure just below the uppermost clouds.
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Pluto’s heart: Like a cosmic “lava lamp”

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 04:00
In a reservoir that's likely several miles deep in some places, solid nitrogen warmed by Pluto's modest internal heat becomes buoyant and rises up in great blobs before cooling off and sinking again to renew the cycle.
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For some comets, breaking up is not that hard to do

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
A new study indicates the bodies of some periodic comets may regularly split in two, then reunite down the road.
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King Tut's May Have Carried Around a Meteor-Forged Dagger

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
This famous king of Egypt might have had a space dagger in his collection of relics
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Measuring the Milky Way: one massive problem, one new solution

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
The mass of the Milky Way, so far, is 7 x 1011 solar masses.
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This Was How NASA Envisioned a Mars Trip in the 1950s

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 04:00
Plans to get to Mars are nothing new. They're as old as NASA itself.
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Kickstarter Shines a Light on Tabby's Star

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 13:00
To find out what's going on around the weirdest star in the galaxy, astronomers are turning to crowdfunding.
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ESA will use its martian “webcam” for serious science

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 04:00
A modest “webcam” on Mars Express has proven useful for outreach, education, and citizen-science. Now ESA has decided to adopt it as a professional science instrument.
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