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The Sky This Week from July 19 to 28

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00
The Moon takes center stage this week as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic landing. Late in the week, our satellite makes a lovely sight next to the Hyades star cluster.
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Musk confirms Starhopper survived fire

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00

The next-gen spacecraft is just fine after experiencing a fireball.

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Dark stars: The seeds of supermassive black holes?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00
The early universe was a very different place than it is now. But it may have been the perfect environment for a strange class of giant, puffy stars that used dark matter as fuel.
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Compound in red wine, resveratrol, could help astronauts walk on Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00
New research suggests drinking red wine could slow muscle loss in astronauts on long-duration spaceflights.
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Three new ISS crew members to launch on July 20

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

On 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, a new group of astronauts will journey to ISS.

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The truth is out there: Using VERITAS to search for E.T.

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00
Traditionally, the hunt for intelligent life in the cosmos has focused on radio signals. But now researchers are expanding the search to look for pulses of light that might indicate alien intelligence.
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If the Apollo 11 astronauts had died, here’s the speech Nixon would have read

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00
Walking on the Moon is inherently dangerous, which is why President Richard Nixon had a speech ready in case Armstrong and Aldrin encountered a fatal mishap.
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Scientists start developing a mini gravitational wave detector

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00
So far, gravitational waves have been found by using miles-long detectors, but the next generation of instruments may fit on a tabletop.
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SpaceX’s Starhopper Engulfed by Fireball During Test

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00
Footage of Tuesday's test shows the prototype surrounded by flames. Hours later, pictures emerged showing Starhopper seemingly still physically intact.
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Protests resume in Hawaii with start of Thirty Meter Telescope construction

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has had a tumultuous start. Set to be the world’s largest visible light telescope, construction was slated to begin in 2015 near the peak of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. But protests over construction on a mountain considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians stalled the project and sent it back to the courts. As a result, the TMT had to restart the lengthy approval process. The telescope has since been approved again, but with construction set to start this wee
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SpaceX Says It Knows Why Crew Dragon Exploded

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

Elon Musk’s rocket company just released a report into what may have cause an explosion during a Crew Dragon test in April.

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ISS mouse experiment tests how the body adapts to living on the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 04:00
Mice reared in artificial lunar gravity have returned to Earth, and scientists will now see how they fare.
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Constant confusion: New studies deepen mystery of universe’s expansion

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers measuring the brightness of red giant stars have independently determined how fast the universe is expanding.
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Using "frozen smoke" to build terraforming domes on Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 04:00
Aerogels, the lightest known solids, may help generate habitable spots on Mars, suggests new research.
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NASA bets on spacecraft that can 3D print and self-assemble in orbit

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 04:00
After 3D printing over 200 astronaut tools and devices from a manufacturing unit aboard the ISS, Made In Space receives a $73.7 million contract to explore 3D printing a small spacecraft in orbit.
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Ploonets: When a planet's moon goes rogue

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers have defined a new class of celestial objects called "ploonets," which are orphaned moons that have escaped the bonds of their planetary parents.
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SpaceX may test its massive Starhopper prototype this week

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:00

Elon Musk says his rocket company plans to test its massive passenger craft prototype in Texas as soon as Tuesday.

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What are intermediate-mass black holes?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00

We've detected puny, stellar-mass black holes. And we've detected giant, supermassive black holes. But what about those in the middle?

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Are these supermassive black holes on a collision course?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
A Hubble Space Telescope discovery could help astronomers find out if supermassive black holes can collide.
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NASA built rock climbing robots to scale cliffs on Mars and beyond

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
Meet a family of robots that could explore terrain far more challenging and extreme than standard rovers can handle.
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