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Astronomers catch a pulsar 'glitching,' offering insights into the strange stars

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 04:00
Pulsars usually spin with clockwork precision, but sometimes they glitch in a strange sort of stellar hiccup. And astronomers just caught Vela pulsar in the act.
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SETI to use deep-sea vents for practice hunting alien life

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:00
The Search for Extraterrestrial Life is about to go underwater. SETI will send a robot to deep-sea vents on Earth to practice future trips to worlds like Europa or Enceladus.
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The Sky This Week from August 9 to 18

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:00
The Perseid meteor shower peaks under less-than-ideal conditions this week, but great views of the Moon passing Jupiter and Saturn more than compensate.
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Hubble settles an old debate about galaxies with supermassive black holes

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 04:00
Are certain classes of galaxies really different, or just the same thing viewed from different angles? Astronomers may have just solved a long-standing mystery.
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When Earth's magnetic field flips, it could take thousands of years

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 04:00
Geoscientists studying our planet's most recent magnetic field reversal learned that it's not a speedy process.
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Dozens of galaxies discovered from the early universe

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers discovered a large haul of massive galaxies from the early universe. The find is surprising, and may prompt a rethink of how large galaxies form.
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Astronomers search for radio signals from 'dead planets'

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 04:00
Researchers hope to take a peek into our planet's future by looking for radio waves from the remnants of past solar systems around other stars.
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Long-term radiation exposure from space travel harms memory, mood

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 04:00
The new research found irradiated mice were overly anxious, avoided light transitions, couldn't easily learn and remember, and showed behaviors linked to PTSD.
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NASA rocket launch set to aid search for signs of alien life

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 04:00
How do astronomers know when they’ve found signs of alien life? The answer may come down not to the planet, but the star, and astronomers hope a new rocket project named SISTINE can help.
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The Sky This Week from August 2 to 11

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 04:00
Mercury takes center stage this week with a fine morning appearance, though you’ll also want to catch the Moon and Jupiter next to each other the evening of the 9th.
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Could we unleash microbes to mine asteroids?

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 04:00
An ISS experiment is testing the idea of using microbes to extract raw materials in space.
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Hubble spots a football-shaped planet leaking heavy metals into space

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 04:00
The planet has an upper atmosphere some 10 times hotter than any other world yet measured, which astronomers think is causing heavy metals to stream away from the planet.
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The cosmic distance ladder: How we measure an infinite universe

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 04:00
To map the universe, astronomers string together distance measurements to ever-farther objects, like climbing rungs on a cosmic ladder.
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LightSail 2 becomes first spacecraft to change orbit using sunlight

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 04:00
The Planetary Society, a non-profit organization focused on space exploration, has successfully transferred their LightSail 2 spacecraft from one orbit to another using only the power of sunlight, a first. The recent success not only proves the effectiveness of solar sailing technology, but also opens up a new, more cost-effective way to propel small spacecraft. The Planetary Society has been working on a solar sailing technology for roughly two decades. The idea behind solar sailing is that ins
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If wormholes exist, could we really travel through them?

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 04:00
The ultimate cosmic shortcuts could make space travel easier. But do they exist?
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To save the internet, Silicon Valley is sending it to space

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 04:00
Amazon, Facebook, OneWeb, and many other Silicon Valley darlings are wagering that moving the internet above the clouds — and into space — is the next logical step.
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Crab Nebula blasts Earth with highest-energy photons ever recorded

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 04:00
The super energetic gamma rays originated thousands of light-years away, and scientists still aren't exactly sure what generated them.
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Ancient Mars tsunami hints at surprisingly wet world

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 04:00
An asteroid hit Mars billions of years ago, forming Lomonosov Crater. It also may have a 1,000-foot-high tsunami that swept across the young Red Planet.
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The Sky This Week from July 26 to August 4

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 04:00
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak around New Moon this week, delivering impressive views to those under a dark sky.
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