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Saturn spacecraft samples interstellar dust

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 04:00
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system.
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Dwarf dark galaxy hidden in ALMA gravitational lens image

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 04:00
This discovery paves the way for ALMA to find many more such objects and could help astronomers address important questions on the nature of dark matter.
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New hypervelocity binary star challenges dark matter, stellar acceleration models

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:00
While all previous hypervelocity stars are single, PB 3877 is the first wide binary star found to travel at such a high speed.
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Kepler recovered from emergency and stable

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:00
Mission operations engineers have successfully recovered the Kepler spacecraft from Emergency Mode.
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Prepare for an explosion of gravitational wave detections

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:00
Based on the signals seen so far and the sensitivity of LIGO's detectors, scientists estimate that they'll see between 10 and 100 black hole mergers during the instrument's next observing run, which begins in late summer.
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Black holes mysteriously align

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 04:00
Deep radio imaging has revealed that supermassive black holes in a region of the distant universe are all spinning out radio jets in the same direction.
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Saturn spacecraft not affected by hypothetical planet 9

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 04:00
While the proposed planet’s existence may eventually be confirmed by other means, mission navigators have observed no unexplained deviations in the spacecraft’s orbit.
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Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 17:30
NASA's Kepler mission will begin a search for planets orbiting far from their stars by using gravitational lensing.
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An artificial comet holds secrets to Earths life

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:00
By simulating the evolution of the interstellar ice making up comets, French research teams have successfully obtained ribose, a key step in understanding the origin of RNA — and therefore of life.
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Supernova showered Earth with radioactive debris

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:00
An international team of scientists has found evidence of a series of massive supernova explosions near our solar system, which showered the Earth with radioactive debris.
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Young super-Jupiter found wandering without a parent

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:00
A team of astronomers has discovered one of the youngest and brightest free-floating, planet-like objects within relatively close proximity to the Sun.
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Behemoth black hole found in an unlikely place

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:00
Astronomers have uncovered a near-record-breaking supermassive black hole weighing 17 billion Suns.
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Gravitational wave search provides insights into galaxy evolution and mergers

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:00
Given scientists’ current understanding of how often galaxies merge, limits point to fewer detectable pairs of supermassive black holes than previously expected.
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Early Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:00
A massive impact could have temporarily increased the planet’s atmospheric pressure, periodically heating Mars up enough to “re-start” a dormant water cycle.
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Opportunity’s devilish view from on high

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:00
From its perch high on a ridge, the rover recorded an image of a martian dust devil twisting through the valley below.
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