Astronomy

Organic molecules make up half of Comet 67P

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
The Rosetta spacecraft collected more than 35,000 dust grains from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to help determine its chemical composition.
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Voyager 1 Fires Dormant Thrusters for the First Time in 37 Years

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
Man, they just don’t build ’em like they used to. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has fired up a pair of thrusters that haven’t been used for 37 years. Meanwhile, I’m on my third car in two years. The set of four small thrusters came online Wednesday after NASA engineers noticed the spacecraft’s attitude control thrusters had been degrading for several years. Those served to make minute adjustments to the craft’s orientation to keep its antenna po
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The story of the fossil meteorites

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00
What four small pieces of rock can teach us about the history of the solar system.
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An all-new weather prediction system is on its way

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up to increase the accuracy of weather forecasts down on Earth.
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Astronomers measure the motions of stars in a nearby galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 05:00
This first glimpse raises questions about the dark matter models we use.
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Space missions that dodged disaster

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 05:00
Close calls nearly doomed these space missions.
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The first discovered interstellar asteroid is a quarter-mile long red beast

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:00
Take us with you, `Oumuamua.
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Planetary scientists close in on a super-Earth with an Earth-like atmosphere

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:00
55 Cancri e is too hot for life, but it does have a nice thick blanket to keep it warm.
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Did life hitchhike through the Solar System?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:00
Astronomers suggest microscopic organisms, such as tardigrades, can be transported between planets by fast-moving streams of space dust.
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Battered but not broken: Arecibo Observatory receives renewed funding

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:00
Puerto Rico’s iconic Arecibo Observatory will remain open after the National Science Foundation announced continued funding last week.
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Cooking up supermassive black holes in the early universe

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:00
How do you make a supermassive black hole more quickly?
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