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New study says that dark energy could be growing in strength

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
One new study shows how dark energy may be changing over time.
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Scientists just cleared up a mystery about aurorae

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
Though you may assume the northern and southern lights should mirror each other, researchers have finally shown why this is not always the case.
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A lunar rock sample found by Apollo 14 astronauts likely came from Earth

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
The odd Moon rock, nicknamed "Big Bertha," is roughly 4 billion years old and bears a striking resemblance to the oldest rocks found on our planet.
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This Israeli company will soon launch the world's first private Moon lander

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
Spawned from the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the privately funded SpaceIL organization plans to shoot for the Moon in the next month.
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Two Chinese private space companies will launch into orbit this year

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
These firms are eyeing the first half of 2019 to push the Chinese space industry to the next level.
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Maybe you really can use black holes to travel the universe

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
One of the most cherished science fiction scenarios is using a black hole as a portal to another dimension or time or universe. That fantasy may be closer to reality than previously imagined. Black holes are perhaps the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are the consequence of gravity crushing a dying star without limit, leading to the formation of a true singularity – which happens when an entire star gets compressed down to a single point yielding an object with infinite dens
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Does spaceflight impair an astronaut's ability to fight cancer and viruses?

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
New research suggests prolonged periods of spaceflight can drastically reduce the effectiveness of astronauts' natural killer cells, which help eliminate cancer cells and prevent the resurgence of old viruses.
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Hubble’s most-used camera is back in action after malfunction

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
The Wide Field Camera 3 is now operating normally, after a short hiatus to address a strange reading.
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New Horizons' latest images from Ultima Thule reveal new details

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 05:00

The latest image of 2014 MU69 shows new details on the Kuiper Belt Object's icy surface.

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Life on Earth may have been made possible by an ancient, violent collision

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 05:00
One new study suggests that a collision that made the moon also helped to spark life on Earth.
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Astronaut to fly on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner replaced because of medical issue

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 05:00

NASA announced on Jan. 22 that astronaut Eric Boe will no longer be flying Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner into space.

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The Sky This Week from January 25 to February 3

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 05:00

The waning crescent Moon stars in a series of conjunctions it this week's predawn sky as it passes Jupiter, then Venus, and finally Saturn.

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Our guide to the 2019 South American eclipse

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 05:00
On the afternoon of July 2, the Sun will disappear along a narrow track that stretches from Chile’s coast to just south of Buenos Aires.
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The MaNGA Stellar Library: Collecting our galaxy’s stars

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 05:00
Instead of checking out books, astronomers can access starlight in this unique database to learn more about our galaxy and many others.
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Snapshot: The final breath of a dying star

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:00

Diffuse clouds of ejected gas make for some of the best astronomical images around. And the planetary nebula ESO 577-24 is no exception.

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An animated look at the life cycle of solar flares

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:00
Computer modeling allows researchers to simulate solar outbursts from birth to death.
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Impact on the Moon during the total lunar eclipse

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:00
An astroimager caught an amazing event on camera as our Moon turned blood red this January.
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Astronomers spot the brightest quasar ever discovered in the early universe

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:00
This actively feeding supermassive black hole is not only as bright as 600 trillion suns, it also existed when the universe was just a billion years old.
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'Shooting Stars on Demand' launch in Japan

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:00
In Japan, a rocket launched carrying satellites that will put on the world's first artificial meteor shower.
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