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Extragalactic stars found zipping through the Milky Way

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
After sifting through millions of candidates, astronomers found a score of speeding stars that are likely unbound to the Milky Way altogether.
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The first exomoon may have just been discovered in a distant star system

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
Astronomers say they may have found the first confirmed exomoon, or moon orbiting a planet outside of our solar system. However, the pair of astronomers behind the find say it's much too soon to completely prove the exomoon’s presence. After looking through recent data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, Alex Teachey, a graduate researcher in the department of astronomy at Columbia University, and David M. Kipping, an assistant professor in the same department, spotted evidence that
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For the third time ever, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 04:00
Donna Strickland has been recognized for her work in the creation of "optical tweezers" using light.
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How do planetary systems outweigh the disks they formed in?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 04:00
New research shows that planetary systems are much more massive than protoplanetary disks, making researchers wonder how they managed to grow so big.
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Introducing ‘The Goblin’: A new, distant dwarf planet bolsters evidence for Planet X

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 04:00
Our outer solar system is a dark, cold place that's difficult to explore from Earth. But careful observations are turning up more and more evidence for a massive planet we just haven't seen yet.
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Deep space could seriously damage astronaut GI tracts

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 04:00
A new study into how cosmic radiation affects human physiology finds our stomachs may not be safe.
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Nobel Predictions: Three Top Contenders for Tomorrow's Prize in Physics

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 04:00

Tomorrow, the Nobel Prize committee announces the year's prize for physics. We take a look at some of the possible contenders. 

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Astronomers capture a celestial party in southern skies

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 04:00

A recent image captured by the European Southern Observatory's VLT Survey Telescope reveals a host of cosmic sights. 

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The sky this week for September 28 to October 7

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:00
A host of bright stars, a handful of beautiful planets, and even a minor planet for good measure, all in the night sky this week.
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New Horizons explores the Kuiper Belt

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:00
On January 1, 2019, NASA’s Pluto explorer will fly past a distant, enigmatic world left over from the solar system’s birth.
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Hayabusa2 rovers start exploring asteroid Ryugu

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:00
Two tiny robots have become the first rovers to touch down on an asteroid's surface.
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Powerful jets found shooting from incredibly magnetic neutron star

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 04:00
The first-of-its-kind observation is making scientists question what they thought they knew about neutron stars.
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Mars faces off with its night sky rival, Antares

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 04:00
As darkness falls tonight, look low in the south-southwest for magnitude 1.1 Antares (Alpha Scorpii). Now, compare the star to magnitude –1.7 Mars, which lies in the south within the boundaries of the constellation Capricornus. You’ll note that both objects have a reddish hue, and that tips us off as to why the star carries its common name. “Antares” is a Greek combination of “anti” and “Ares” — literally, the “rival of Mars” or,
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Mars' patchwork surface is on full display tonight

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:00
Without a global shroud of dust, Mars' striking surface features stand out tonight.
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Mars’ moon Phobos may have formed from a giant impact

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:00
New evidence suggests the moon isn’t a captured asteroid, but a piece of the Red Planet.
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Mars’ underground habitable zone could have hosted life for millions of years

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:00
The key to finding evidence of life on the Red Planet may require digging just a little deeper - literally.
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Tonight's Full Moon offers prime view of "Man in the Moon"

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 04:00
The Full Moon usually washes out the night sky, but it also offers observers a great opportunity to view the lunar maria (seas), as well as crater rays.
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Tonight's Full Moon offers prime view of "Man in the Moon"

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 04:00
The Full Moon usually washes out the night sky, but it also offers observers a great opportunity to view the lunar maria (seas), as well as crater rays.
Categories: Astronomy

Matter clocked speeding toward a black hole at 30 percent the speed of light

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 04:00
The event provides evidence for how early supermassive black holes grew so fast.
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What is dark matter?

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 04:00
It's the strange scaffolding that dictates how matter acts. But even the best theories are crumbling under a frustrating lack of progress in determining what exactly it is.
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