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The LSST and big data science

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 05:00
A new kind of telescope will need a new kind of astronomer.
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Lighting up the dark universe

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:00
Astronomers have found the farthest quasar yet, at a time when our universe was just becoming visible.
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Third rock from the star Kepler-90

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:00
For the first time, researchers have used an artificial intelligence to discover an exoplanet around another star.
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Fixing satellites in space

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:00
The revolutionary technology that will transform the space industry.
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The Mysterious Asteroid Behind the Year’s Best Meteor Shower

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00
Step outside after dark this week and you can watch chunks of an asteroid burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. Behold, the Geminid meteor shower, which is renowned as the year’s best. At peak Geminids, you could catch a shooting star every minute, and this year the moon won’t be bright enough to foul the show. That main action arrives just past 9 p.m. local time Wednesday and lasts until dawn. “The Geminids are rich in fireballs and bright meteors so that makes them very good t
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A gem of a meteor shower

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00
One of the greatest meteor showers of the year peaks tonight under nearly ideal viewing conditions.
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President Trump signs a policy calling for increased human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and possibly beyond

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00
The initiative integrates government and private space sectors in an effort to expand our space presence and once again put humans on foreign ground.
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Hubble's Celestial Snow Globe

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:00
A Hubble Space Telescope View of Globular Cluster M79
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Shadows and rain from Saturn's rings alter the planet's ionosphere

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:00
Cassini data shows Saturn’s complex ionosphere is greatly influenced by ring shade and possibly “ring rain.”
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NASA is using an imaging spectrometer to survey California wildfire damages

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:00
A high-tech imaging instrument aboard a NASA aircraft is collecting data about the fire’s spread and its impact on vegetation.
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Why do meteoroids explode in the atmosphere?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:00
Researchers identify new and previously overlooked mechanism for air penetration that helps explain why meteoroids explode.
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New Jersey is now home to the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City is opening the fourth largest planetarium in the world on December 9, 2017.
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Interactive 3-D map traces galaxies in Local Supercluster

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00
Astronomers have produced the most detailed three-dimensional map ever for the motions of nearby galaxies.
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Seeking rogue comets

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00
The discovery of ‘Oumuamua this year was a first, but not an unexpected one. Alan Stern's 1997 article in Astronomy predicted this type of object ... 20 years before we'd see it.
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Photo of the Big Bang’s afterglow wins Breakthrough Prize

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:00

This photo of our young universe further backs up the theory that the cosmos is predominantly comprised of dark matter and dark energy.

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Evidence for plate tectonics mounts on Europa

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:00
Sinking ice plates could carry nutrients to the ocean below.
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Oversized planet or undersized star?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 05:00
Astronomers are one step closer to determining whether planetary-mass companions are exoplanets or just failed stars.
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Good News! Worms Make Babies in ‘Martian’ Soil

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 05:00
Worms can not only survive in faux Martian soil — they can start a new generation. That’s the conclusion from biologist Wieger Wamelink who recently discovered two baby worms in his simulated Mars soil experiment. Since 2013, scientists from Wageningen University & Research have been growing crops in Mars and moon soil simulants designed by NASA. They’ve been successful in growing edible crops (including green beans, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and more), according
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The ISS is getting a small space junk sensor

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 05:00
The sensor is meant to detect things less than 4 inches long.
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Check out NASA’s latest Mars rover

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
NASA’s next Mars rover mission, under development, features advanced instruments designed to detect ancient planetary life.
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