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Astronomers snap a picture of a head-scratching planet in a triple-star system

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:58
HD 131399Ab is relatively young and farther from its parent star than any confirmed planet in our solar system.
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Sneaky black holes may be more common than first thought

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 04:00
Strange object VLA J213002.08+120904 has turned out to be a new kind of black hole quietly consuming its neighbor.
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Hubble captures the beating heart of the Crab Nebula

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 04:00
The inner region sends out clock-like pulses of radiation and tsunamis of charged particles embedded in magnetic fields.
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The world's largest radio telescope has just been completed

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 19:00
China's 30-soccer-field-wide radio telescope will start the hunt for extraterrestrials.
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Earth-sized telescope tracks the aftermath of a star being swallowed by a supermassive black hole

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:00
One dramatic consequence is that some of the star's material, stripped from the star and collected around the black hole, can be ejected in extremely narrow beams of particles at speeds approaching the speed of light.
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Astronomers may have spotted a direct collapse black hole

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:00
These direct-collapse black holes may be the solution to a long-standing puzzle in astronomy: How did supermassive black holes form in the early epochs of the universe?
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Hitomi managed to capture some starting data before its untimely demise

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 04:00
Hitomi met an untimely, violent end, but before that, it got an incredible glimpse of one of the largest structures in the universe.
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Here is how Juno will study Jupiter

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 17:00
Juno is equipped with 9 scientific instruments all dedicated to studying the largest planet in the solar system.
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Hubble gets five more years to dazzle us

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 14:30
NASA has renewed the Hubble Space Telescope's operational contract until 2021. Here's a timeline of it's last 26 years.
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Phobos and Deimos may harbor clues to Mars' violent past

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:00
A new theory introduces the idea that Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, were created after an intense Martian collision.
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This is what Juno saw just before its Jupiter encounter

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:00
Just before the orbital insertion, Juno took this video.
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ALMA finds a swirling cool jet that reveals a growing supermassive black hole

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 04:00
The jet in NGC 1377 reveals the presence of a supermassive black hole, but it has even more to tell us.
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Juno successfully enters orbit around Jupiter

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 04:00
After a 35 minute burn, the craft is now the second to orbit Jupiter.
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Why Juno's journey will eventually end with a death plunge

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 19:30
NASA’s Juno mission will arrive at Jupiter on the Fourth of July, after traveling some 1.7 billion miles through the solar system, and prepare to insert itself into orbit around the gas giant. If everything goes smoothly, it will orbit the planet pole-to-pole 37 times, gathering data on Jupiter’s composition, magnetic field, core, poles and much more. And then, with its mission over, it will point itself at the planet and dive to a fiery death within the churning maelstrom that is Ju
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What's next for Jupiter missions after Juno?

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 17:00
Even after Juno's studies of Jupiter are over, studies of our largest planet and its moons will continue
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