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Hayabusa2 is preparing for a rocky touchdown on Ryugu

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00
Japan's intrepid spacecraft is nearing the date it will attempt a challenging landing on an asteroid.
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How slow can you go? Astronomers find the most sluggish pulsar yet

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00
And it’s making them reconsider what they thought they knew about the so-called pulsar “death line.”
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New Horizons: The science leading up to an Ultima Thule New Year's flyby

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00
Before it zips past the strange Kuiper Belt object, New Horizons is already busy at work giving astronomers a clearer picture of its target.
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How galaxy clusters’ hot gas halts star formation

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00
Living in a crowded environment can stop a galaxy from forming stars. Now, astronomers are getting a better look at how this happens.
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A ghostly nebula glows in Cassiopeia

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00
IC 63 appears to melt away in the autumn sky under the onslaught of radiation from a nearby bright star.
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November's 50 finest deep-sky objects

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00

Set aside some time under a moonless sky to view this wide variety of celestial treats.

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America’s observatory enters a new age

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 04:00
Powered by plans laid long ago, Lowell Observatory is moving ahead with dramatic ideas for expansion and scientific greatness.
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Explore Phaethon, the weird blue rock that turns metal into goo

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:00
The asteroid responsible for the Geminid meteor shower is much stranger than you might think.
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Astronomers catch Milky Way radio waves bouncing off the Moon

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:00
An intriguing image created by radio telescopes in the Australian desert shows how our satellite can act as a giant mirror, shedding light on the universe's past.
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Get out and see the 'Hunter's Moon' rising tonight

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:00
October’s Full Moon also goes by the name “Hunter’s Moon.” 
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Magnetic field feeds a supermassive black hole

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:00
Magnetic fields have long been believed to play important roles in astrophysics. Now, one of those roles has been uncovered in the heart of Cygnus A.
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Life could thrive in oxygen-rich briny water on Mars

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 04:00
Just below the surface of Mars, scientists suspect that there might be briny waters that, according to a new study, could hold enough molecular oxygen to support certain types of life. As light breaks down carbon dioxide on Mars, a little bit of oxygen is produced. Previously, it has been thought that the minuscule amount of molecular oxygen on Mars could not be enough to support even microscopic life on the Red Planet. However, if there are briny waters just below the planet’s surface, t
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When the lights first turned on in the universe

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 04:00
The Big Bang, as many cosmologists like to point out, was not very banging. Nothing exploded. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a busy and exciting event. The rush of inflation was a powerful outpouring of energy, which certainly included light. And yet, the energy contained in that early universe was such that light couldn’t even escape. For light to be seen, by telescopes or eyes of any species, it needs to be able to travel from its source to the observer. But the universe whe
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Europa has a surprising lack of hot spots to erupt plumes

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 04:00
Io, Enceladus, Earth — our solar system holds a number of locations where plumes of gas erupt. And for years, scientists have suspected that such plumes also exist on Jupiter’s moon Europa. However, according to one new study done using decades-old data from NASA’s Galileo mission, two potential plume sites on the world lack the hot spot signatures that are typically associated with plumes. “We searched through the available Galileo thermal data at the locations proposed
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Uranus reaches peak visibility tonight

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 04:00
Though you can catch a glimpse of the gas giant with your naked eye, binoculars or a telescope make the task much easier.
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A new way to spot black holes in binary star systems

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 04:00
Astronomers have developed a technique that could triple the number of known stellar-mass black holes.
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China is launching artificial moons in urban areas

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 04:00
Forget streetlights - one Chinese city may soon rely on an artificial satellite to light its nighttime sky.
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Violent superflares endanger planets around young red dwarf stars

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 04:00
And since red dwarfs are the most common type of star in the universe, the new finding isn’t great news for the search for habitable worlds.
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See asteroid Vesta shine in Sagittarius

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 04:00

Break out the binoculars for a glimpse of Vesta passing "the Teapot."

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