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Mapping the cosmos with Cepheid stars

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:00
A young astronomer improves our ability to use a well-established law to measure distance.
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Gravbox: The augmented-reality sandbox that helps users visualize gravity

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:00
“Gravbox” lets users mold their own universe out of sand, then observe how gravity influences an object traveling through the environment.
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El Gordo: the galaxy cluster with a mass of 3 million billion Suns

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:00

This colossal body emits more X-rays than any other known cluster and is the most massive in the universe.

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The Hypatia stone’s composition leaves researchers questioning where and how it formed

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:00

This meteorite challenges our widely held view of the material present when the solar system was born.

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Oddly behaving star reveals a black hole hiding in a globular cluster, a first

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00
By the way, it’s also the first stellar-mass black hole ever found based on its gravitational pull.
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Counting starspots

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:00
How an exoplanet revealed our Sun is a normal star.
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A black hole’s “double burp” shows its behavior over time

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:00
Black holes have terrible table manners, but at least they rest between meals.
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Future spacecraft can use pulsars to navigate completely autonomously

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:00

Researchers recently proved that spacecraft can use narrow beams of radiation from pulsars to run a very accurate, GPS-like navigational system. 

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NASA images the most distant galaxy ever resolved

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 05:00

The Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes combined forces to photograph a small, distant galaxy amplified by gravitational lensing. 

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Massive, deep deposits of ice found on Mars

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:00
Researchers studying the eroded edges of ridges on Mars have found that substantial deposits of water ice exist just a few feet below martian surface, reaching over 300 feet thick in some areas.
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NASA’s Alaskan rockets to study galactic X-rays emissions and more

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:00

A series of four rockets will be launched from the northern research range to evaluate the sources of space X-rays and assess our upper atmosphere’s reaction to added water vapor.

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Dragon set to shuttle supplies back from ISS

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:00

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is the only vessel capable of both supplying the International Space Station with cargo and bringing the materials back to Earth.

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Space causes astronauts to run hot

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:00
A new study finds that prolonged periods of weightlessness can cause persistent fevers in astronauts and significantly increases their body temperatures during exercise.
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Obese stars are more common than expected

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 05:00
Observations of a nearby stellar nursery reveal an "astonishing" overabundance of gigantic stars with masses up to 200 times that of the Sun.
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Astronomers are one step closer to unlocking the mystery of Tabby’s Star

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:00
Aliens are out, dust is in.
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DNA of unknown microbes sequenced in space for the first time

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:00
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson recently became the first person ever to collect unknown organisms from the ISS and sequence their DNA entirely while in space.
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Did the solar system form in a bubble?

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:00
Researchers have laid out a new, comprehensive theory for how the solar system formed — inside the bubble of a long-dead, giant star.
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The next astronomical revolution

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 14:00
The Centre for the Universe hopes to usher in a new era of astrophysics.
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Astronomers might need to rethink the way black holes form jets

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 05:00
The first precise measurements of a black hole’s magnetic field find it lacking the power to launch material at near-light speed.
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New Year’s resolutions for space exploration

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 05:00
This list of upcoming space missions highlights astronomers' goals for 2018.
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