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How did Pluto form its mysterious dunes?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:00
Despite its puny atmosphere, Pluto still musters enough wind to create dunes like those found on Earth. Of course, the dunes are made of methane, not sand.
Categories: Astronomy

A long search for long wavelengths

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:00
NANOGrav looks for a wider spectrum of gravitational waves.
Categories: Astronomy

Where does WFIRST stand now?

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:00
You win some, you lose some — but this vital space mission is still on track for launch.
Categories: Astronomy

Undergrads are readying a space mission for launch

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 04:00
The trials and jubilations of assembling an experiment on a CubeSat.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA Administrator Reflects on Legacy Record-Breaking Skylab, Apollo Astronaut

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 04:00
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean: “Alan Bean once said ‘I have the nicest life in the world.’ It’s a comforting sentiment to recall as we mourn his passing. “As all great explorers are, Alan was a boundary pusher. Rather than accepting the limits of technology, science, and even imagination, he sought to advance those lines -- in all his life’s endeavors. Commissioned
Categories: Astronomy

What would an alien language sound like?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 04:00
Linguists recently gathered to discuss whether we might understand an extraterrestrial signal if we heard one.
Categories: Astronomy

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