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When Pluto Changed from a Fuzzy Dot into a Full Fledged World

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:00
A New Horizons team member recalls a transformative moment in planetary science

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Have Aliens Built Huge Structures around Boyajian's Star?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:30
Alien technology is probably not causing Boyajian's star to dim mysteriously. But alternative explanations are hard to come by

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Interstellar Projectiles Zoom around Us at Blistering Speeds

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:30
Hypervelocity stars, and the black holes that launch them, whip through space at millions of miles per hour.

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Newfound Super-Earth Boosts Search for Alien Life

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:37
Planet LHS 1140b orbits a red dwarf star just 40 light years away, making it a prime target for life-finding telescopes

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What Does a Black Hole Really Look Like?

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 04:30
39-year-old drawing hints at what the Event Horizon Telescope may have just captured: the true shape of a black hole

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What Does a Black Hole Really Look Like?

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 04:30
39-year-old drawing hints at what the Event Horizon Telescope may have just captured: the true shape of a black hole

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New Evidence for Hydrothermal Havens in Enceladus

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:00
Spurting out molecular hydrogen and water, the icy moon Enceladus looks even tastier in the search for life

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Food on Enceladus, Old Faithful on Europa Strengthen Case for Finding Alien Life

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:00
Scientists find molecular hydrogen and liquid-water geysers on ocean-bearing moons in the outer solar system

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Shredded Stars Offer New View of Supermassive Black Holes

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
New techniques reveal how supermassive black holes shred entire stars

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Ink-Drop Supernovae and Quantum Love Triangles [Video]

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 03:45
Short films about exploding stars and subatomic particles top the list of prizewinners from the annual Quantum Shorts contest

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NASA Funds 22 Futuristic Ideas for Space Exploration

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:00
The research grants provide funding for new studies of spacecraft propulsion, synthetic biology and more

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Clear Skies, with a Chance of Black Holes

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:30
The Event Horizon Telescope’s historic quest to image the “shadow” of a supermassive black hole is off to an auspicious start

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Big, Shiny Asteroid to Buzz Past Earth on April 19

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 06:00
Approach of the 2,000-foot space rock is closest for such a large object since 2004  

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Russia Could Stay with the International Space Station to 2028

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 07:15
The orbital outpost is presently slated to be retired as early as 2024

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Cassini Bids Farewell before Blazing into Saturn

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 09:45
NASA’s plucky, dependable spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere after 13 years at the planet

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Only One of TRAPPIST-1's Rocky Planets May Be Right for Life

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 21:15
A new climate model suggests six of the nearby star's seven worlds are uninhabitable

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Astronomers Struggle to Explain Mysterious X-Ray Burst

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00
The brief flash of light from a far-distant galaxy is unlike any seen before

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Citizen Scientists Spot Candidates for Planet Nine

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 08:45
A crowdsourced science project to find the hypothetical new world has turned up four curious candidates

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Electric Sand: How Titan's Dunes Got Their Weird Shapes

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:45
Bizarre “plastic” dunes made sticky by static cling may cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon—and could threaten future missions there

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The 10 Weirdest Things in the Solar System

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:30
Pierogi moons, rubber duckie comets and spewing ice balls: We have some very strange neighbors among the myriad planets, moons and objects that circle our sun.

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