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What does it take to walk off another world?

17 hours 16 min ago
Pump your breaks Flat Earthers, because the answer is not: “You make it to the edge.”
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How Gaia will map the galaxy one star at a time

17 hours 16 min ago
The astronomy community is preparing for a big one: a spectacular, 3D map of the entire Milky Way.
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Rainfall in the Atacama Desert spells death for microbes

17 hours 16 min ago
The elixir of life, water, is anything but for microbes in this Mars-like Chilean desert.
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FCC gives SpaceX green light for 7,518 new satellites

17 hours 16 min ago
And SpaceX plans to begin launching them next year.
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The Sky This Week for November 16 to November 25

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The Leonid meteor shower peaks Sunday morning, while the Full Moon dominates the Thanksgiving night sky.

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Pluto’s strange ridges formed from ancient glaciers

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00
Researchers believe bizarre landforms at the edge of the dwarf planet's "heart" were created by sheets of nitrogen ice.
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The Leonid meteor shower peaks under a dark sky this weekend

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00
Observers can expect to see up to 20 “shooting stars” per hour before dawn breaks Sunday morning.
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Two free-range planets found roaming the Milky Way in solitude

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00
If confirmed, the newly discovered worlds lend credence to the belief that rogue planets are quite common throughout the Milky Way.
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Looking ahead to the LISA gravitational-wave detector

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00
Researchers are getting ready to build a trio of satellites that will show us a whole new view of the cosmos.
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Antares rocket will launch cargo from Virginia this Friday

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 05:00
An Impending Launch This week, Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket will launch the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. The craft will deliver supplies and scientific equipment to the astronauts on board as part of Northrop Grumman’s NG-10 mission. Originally scheduled to launch early Thursday morning November 15, the Antares rocket will now launch Friday, November 16 at 4:23 A.M. EST. The rocket will launch from Pad 0A at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Reg
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Massive impact crater beneath Greenland could explain Ice Age climate swing

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:00
The serendipitous discovery may just be the best evidence yet of a meteorite causing the mysterious, 1,000-year period known as Younger Dryas.
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There’s a frozen super-Earth orbiting Barnard’s star, the second-closest star system

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:00
Just six light-years from Earth, the second-closest star system to our Sun hosts a frozen super-Earth, according to new findings by an international team of researchers. Barnard’s star is a small, ancient kind of sun called a red dwarf. And while it’s not easily visible without a telescope, Barnard’s star has long attracted astronomers' gaze as the fastest-moving star in the night sky. Astronomers now say it’s also home to a frozen exoplanet at least three times as massi
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Maybe next time: Barnard’s star b is likely uninhabitable

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:00
The newest exoplanet in our neighborhood may be nearby, but it's not fit for life as we know it.
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The birds and the bees reacted to the 2017 Great American Eclipse

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:00
The 2017 total solar eclipse provided researchers with a rare chance to study how a hidden Sun can influence the behavior of animals.
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Seek out Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels tonight

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:00
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels is particularly easy to spot this evening, as it sits less than 1° north of the bright star Mirach.
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'Ghost' dwarf galaxy found hiding at the edge of the Milky Way

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00
An international team of astronomers can’t fully explain the “ghost” galaxy that they discovered about 130,000 light-years from the edge of the Milky Way. Finding a ghost This galaxy, named Antlia 2 (or Ant 2), is described as a “ghost” because of how strangely dim it is. Ant 2 is rather large for a dwarf galaxy – it’s about the same size as the 7,000 light-year-wide Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which is the Milky Way’s largest satellite galaxy.
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The Small Magellanic Cloud is running out of gas — fast

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00
A snapshot of the dwarf galaxy in unprecedented detail is clueing astronomers in to how small galaxies lose mass, and what it means for their future.
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Experience the sound of a martian sunrise

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00
Scientists have turned the Opportunity rover's 5,000th sunrise on Mars into a unique two-minute track of music.
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A tale of two asteroids: The Phaethon-Pallas connection

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 05:00
3200 Phaethon, the bizarre rock responsible for the Geminid meteor shower, may have split from a much greater asteroid millions of years ago.
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A ‘dark matter hurricane’ is storming past Earth

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 05:00
And it could help scientist detect the strange substance.
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