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These so-called 'super-puff' worlds could be exoplanets with ring

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers investigate whether mysterious low-density planets are actually ringed planets that have been misunderstood.
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The Sky This Week from November 29 to December 8

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 05:00
Three bright planets line up in early December’s evening sky, while the predawn hours feature two more. And by week’s end, the prolific Geminid meteor shower starts to ramp up.
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A new method of hunting nearby black holes turns up a monster

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 17:00
Astronomers say this new way to find black holes could expand the small number discovered so far in our Milky Way galaxy.
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Earth may have recently destroyed one of its own minimoons

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 05:00
There's probably a 1-yard-wide space rock orbiting Earth at any given time. And now, astronomers think they've spotted one burning up in our atmosphere.
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot may not be disappearing

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 05:00
Little bits of Jupiter's Great Red Spot seem to be flaking off. Is it a sign of the demise of this enigmatic red cloud, or just a consequence of atmospheric chaos we can't see from above?
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What if the Moon disappeared tomorrow?

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 05:00
The Moon holds Earth’s 23.5-degree tilt steady. Without our satellite, the planet would wobble, dramatically affecting seasons and climate.
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The Sky This Week from November 22 to December 1

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
A stunning conjunction between Venus and Jupiter early this week heralds an even prettier alignment when a crescent Moon joins the scene at week’s end. Meanwhile, Mercury puts in its best morning appearance of 2019.
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Strange galaxy cluster ignores massive black hole, forms stars

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers question why a supermassive black hole in the Phoenix Cluster doesn't disrupt star formation like its peers do.
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Three supermassive black holes found lurking in one galaxy

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00

NGC 6240 is a well-studied example of a galaxy merger. But the discovery that it hides three supermassive black holes makes it a stunning example of a galaxy formed through a triple merger.

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Few NASA astronauts may be on the International Space Station in upcoming months

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00

Due to delays in the Commercial Crew Program, NASA may be left without a ride to space.

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Astronomers look inside meteorites and find the sugars needed for life

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
The discovery shows that the organic compounds needed for life can form in lifeless environments, like on asteroids and the early Earth.
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SpaceX loses first Starship prototype during testing

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 05:00

The aerospace company has plans to move forward with building and testing their other upcoming prototypes for the rocket.

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NASA is developing a lunar dust-busting paint

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 05:00
Moon dust is a major problem for astronauts, but a simple coating could ward off damage.
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12 Unique Space Gifts for Astronomy Lovers

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 05:00

Just in time for the holidays, we put together a list of the best astronomy gifts for the sky gazers and space lovers in your life. From our partners at My Science Shop. 

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A weird, orbital dance keeps these moons of Neptune from hitting each other

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 05:00
Bobbing up and down like a carousel horse might not sound like a stable way to orbit a planet, but it works for one little moon of Neptune. The planet's innermost known satellite, Naiad, has a tilted orbit and it moves up-and-down relative to its neighboring moon, Thalassa. The strange arrangement keeps the two moons from hitting each other or being thrown off into space, despite having close orbits, according to a new study. The finding also helps reveal some of the history behind Neptune&rsqu
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Astronomers catch water erupting from plumes on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers made the first direct measurement of water vapor in Europa’s atmosphere. It's the best evidence yet for water plumes erupting from the icy moon.
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NASA instrument spots its brightest X-ray burst ever

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
A strange brightening of the swirling disk of gas around a compact neutron star has astronomers excited.
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Huge black holes may have cannibalistic baby black holes orbiting around them

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
In the accretion disks of supermassive black holes, their smaller brethren might be merging with each other and growing larger.
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The Sky This Week from November 15 to 24

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 05:00
A spectacular conjunction between Venus and Jupiter wraps up a week that also features the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower.
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