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Stellar occultation offers new insights on Enceladus’ geysers

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 04:00
Cassini was able to measure the amount of water vapor erupting from the geysers, offering new insights on geologic activity beneath the moon’s surface.
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Watch the Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:00
SLOOH Observatory will be livestreaming the event, which you can watch here.
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SpaceX pulled off its hardest sea landing yet

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 04:00
The company landed a first stage of a geostationary launch on its drone ship.
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ALMA measures mass of black hole with extreme precision

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:00
To determine the actual mass of a supermassive black hole, astronomers must measure the strength of its gravitational pull on the stars and clouds of gas that swarm around it.
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Second strongest shock wave found in merging galaxy clusters

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:00
Shocks provide unique opportunities to study high-energy phenomena in the intra-cluster medium — the hot plasma between galaxies.
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Pluto’s interaction with the solar wind is unique, study finds

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:00
Researchers thought that Pluto was characterized more like a comet, which has a large region of gentle slowing of the solar wind, as opposed to the abrupt diversion solar wind encounters at a planet like Mars or Venus, but instead Pluto is a hybrid.
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Scientists Spot Strange Sunspots Around Nearby Star

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:00
By using multiple telescopes, they were able to get one of the best maps ever of a star other than the sun.
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Ancient Volcanos Point to Extensive Ice on Mars

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:00
Volcanoes erupted beneath an ice sheet on Mars billions of years ago, far from any ice sheet on the Red Planet today, new evidence from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests. The research about these volcanoes helps show there was extensive ice on ancient Mars. It also adds information about an environment combining heat and moisture, which could have provided favorable conditions for microbial life. Sheridan Ackiss of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and collaborators used the
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Second ExoMars mission moves to next launch opportunity in 2020

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:00
The mission’s board concluded that, taking into account the delays in European and Russian industrial activities and deliveries of the scientific payload, a launch in 2020 would be the best solution.
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Although boiling, water does shape martian terrain

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 04:00
A team of scientists has now shown that even though water that emerges onto the surface of Mars immediately begins to boil, it creates an unstable turbulent flow that can eject sediment and cause dry avalanches.
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Three potentially habitable worlds found around nearby ultracool dwarf star

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 04:00
These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the solar system.
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