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Cassini Gets New Views of Titan's Land of Lakes.

With the sun now shining down over the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, a little luck with the weather, and trajectories that put the spacecraft into optimal viewing positions, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that…

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Robotic telescope finds three new super-Earths by neighbouring star.

Robotic telescope that is scanning the sky every night at Lick Observatory in USA discovered three planets, supersized Earths, around a nearby star. These planets are seven to eight times the mass of Earth and orbit very close to their host star. Scientists hope that telescope will continue…

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Undergraduates Discover the Densest Galaxies Known.

Two undergraduates at San José State University have discovered two galaxies that are the densest known. Similar to ordinary globular star clusters but a hundred to a thousand times brighter, the new systems have properties intermediate in size and luminosity between galaxies and star …

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Lunar IceCube to Take on Big Mission From Small Package.

In what scientists say signals a paradigm shift in interplanetary science, NASA has selected a shoebox-size mission to search for water ice and other resources from above the surface of the moon. Morehead State University professor Ben Malphrus, who is leading the Lunar IceCube mission, stands…

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New Ice Age may begin by 2030.

The arrival of intense cold similar to the one raged during the “Little Ice Age”, which froze the world during the XVII century and in the beginning of the XVIII century, is expected in the years 2030–2040. In this 1677 painting by Abraham Hondius, “The Frozen Thames,…

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: A Swirling Mystery.

The largest and most powerful hurricanes ever recorded on Earth spanned over 1,000 miles across with winds gusting up to around 200 mph. That’s wide enough to stretch across nearly all U.S. states east of Texas. But even that kind of storm is dwarfed by the Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm in J…

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Is this the only universe?.

Human history has been a journey toward insignificance. As we’ve gained more knowledge, we’ve had our planet downgraded from the center of the universe to a chunk of rock orbiting an average star in a galaxy that is one among billions. Artwork by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Ana Kova So it only m…

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Curiosity Discovers Mars Rock Like None Before, Sets Drill Campaign.

On the eve of the 3rd anniversary since her nail biting touchdown inside Gale Crater, NASA’s car sized Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover has discovered a new type of Martian rock that’s surprisingly rich in silica – and unlike any other targets found before. Curiosity extends robotic …

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Astronomers Discover First Mulitiple-image Gravitationally-lensed Supernova.

How about four supernovae for the price of one? Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Dr. Patrick Kelly of the University of California-Berkeley along with the GLASS (Grism Lens Amplified Survey from Space) and Hubble Frontier Fields teams, discovered a remote supernova lensed into four copies of it…

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Tracking A Mysterious Group of Asteroid Outcasts.

High above the plane of our solar system, near the asteroid-rich abyss between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have found a unique family of space rocks. These interplanetary oddballs are the Euphrosyne (pronounced you-FROH-seh-nee) asteroids, and by any measure they have been distant, dark and…

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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought.

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now a researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older. An artist’s depiction of Earth’s magnetic field deflecting high-energy protons from the sun four …

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Science on the surface of a comet.

Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first scientific analysis of the data returned by Rosetta’s lander Philae l…

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Andromeda and Milky Way Might Collide Sooner Than We Think.

The merger of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy won’t happen for another 4 billion years, but the recent discovery of a massive halo of hot gas around Andromeda may mean our galaxies are already touching. University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicholas Lehner led a team of scientists using the …

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Will SETI’s Unprecedented New Program Finally Find E.T.?.

Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life called “Breakthrough Listen.” They will be using two of the world’s largest radio tel…

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Space probes: sterile launch into outer space.

Components used on a space mission must be cleaned meticulously. Fraunhofer researchers designed a cleanroom for the ESA (European Space Agency) in which the most infinitesimal contaminants can be removed. These experts, together with partners, are sterilizing ESA’s “ExoMars” Mars rover, sched…

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NASA's Spitzer Confirms Closest Rocky Exoplanet.

This artist’s concept shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b. At 21 light-years away, the planet is the closest outside of our solar system that can be seen crossing, or transiting, its star.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech This sky map shows the location of the star HD 219134…

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