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Giant planet found around tiny white dwarf star, a first

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 05:00
The Neptune-sized planet, which orbits an Earth-sized star, is being slowly evaporated by the white dwarf, causing the planet to lose some 260 million tons of material every day.
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NASA's mission to the Sun is already cracking some of our star's mysteries

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 05:00

Initial data from the Parker Solar Probe offer a promising look at how the mission may unravel the Sun's corona and solar wind.

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Boca Chica: the tiny Texas town where SpaceX is building Starship

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 05:00
A small community on Texas' southernmost tip has become a prime destination for the spaceflight faithful.
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This space anthropologist is chronicling astronauts' lives in orbit

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 05:00
Space anthropologist Jack Stuster has interviewed and observed astronauts for decades. He's also worked with NASA to improve the human experience of space exploration.
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Astronomers find surprisingly complex magnetic fields in a galaxy’s halo

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers hope to explain how galaxies like this one can grow magnetic fields that stretch for thousands of light-years — and what affect they have on galactic evolution.
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First interstellar comet may soon break apart as it nears the Sun

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:00
Comet 2I/Borisov has a lot in common with comets from our own solar system. And astronomers think that could mean the alien comet will disintegrate during its closest approach to the Sun next week.
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Hubble spots a galaxy brimming with young suns

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:00
By analyzing the light and energy from galaxies like NGC 3749, astronomers can learn about them from millions of light-years away.
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These so-called 'super-puff' worlds could be exoplanets with ring

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers investigate whether mysterious low-density planets are actually ringed planets that have been misunderstood.
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The Sky This Week from November 29 to December 8

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 05:00
Three bright planets line up in early December’s evening sky, while the predawn hours feature two more. And by week’s end, the prolific Geminid meteor shower starts to ramp up.
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A new method of hunting nearby black holes turns up a monster

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 17:00
Astronomers say this new way to find black holes could expand the small number discovered so far in our Milky Way galaxy.
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Earth may have recently destroyed one of its own minimoons

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 05:00
There's probably a 1-yard-wide space rock orbiting Earth at any given time. And now, astronomers think they've spotted one burning up in our atmosphere.
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot may not be disappearing

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 05:00
Little bits of Jupiter's Great Red Spot seem to be flaking off. Is it a sign of the demise of this enigmatic red cloud, or just a consequence of atmospheric chaos we can't see from above?
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What if the Moon disappeared tomorrow?

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 05:00
The Moon holds Earth’s 23.5-degree tilt steady. Without our satellite, the planet would wobble, dramatically affecting seasons and climate.
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The Sky This Week from November 22 to December 1

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
A stunning conjunction between Venus and Jupiter early this week heralds an even prettier alignment when a crescent Moon joins the scene at week’s end. Meanwhile, Mercury puts in its best morning appearance of 2019.
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Strange galaxy cluster ignores massive black hole, forms stars

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
Astronomers question why a supermassive black hole in the Phoenix Cluster doesn't disrupt star formation like its peers do.
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Three supermassive black holes found lurking in one galaxy

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00

NGC 6240 is a well-studied example of a galaxy merger. But the discovery that it hides three supermassive black holes makes it a stunning example of a galaxy formed through a triple merger.

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Few NASA astronauts may be on the International Space Station in upcoming months

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00

Due to delays in the Commercial Crew Program, NASA may be left without a ride to space.

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Astronomers look inside meteorites and find the sugars needed for life

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 05:00
The discovery shows that the organic compounds needed for life can form in lifeless environments, like on asteroids and the early Earth.
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SpaceX loses first Starship prototype during testing

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 05:00

The aerospace company has plans to move forward with building and testing their other upcoming prototypes for the rocket.

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NASA is developing a lunar dust-busting paint

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 05:00
Moon dust is a major problem for astronauts, but a simple coating could ward off damage.
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