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Mysteries of a nearby planetary system’s dynamics now are solved

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:30
Astronomers have struggled to understand how two giant planets orbiting so close to the star 55 Cancri could avoid a catastrophe, but a new study reveals that their masses and orbits are preventing the system from self-destructing anytime soon.

Supermassive black holes dance in a non-active galaxy

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 03:00
An international research team has discovered the first pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another in a quiescent galaxy.

Meteorites yield clues to Red Planet’s early atmosphere

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:30
Researchers have compiled the most comprehensive record of the distribution of sulfur isotopes on Mars.

Dragon delivers science, station supplies

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 03:00
Filled with nearly 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of crew supplies and cargo to support more than 150 scientific investigations, Dragon is scheduled to spend four weeks attached to the station.

NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on Moon’s surface

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:30
LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface.

Mars orbiter spies rover near martian butte

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 03:00
Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic arm.

First discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:00
This not only proves the existence of worlds that might be similar to our own, but also will shape future investigations of exoplanets that could have terrestrial surface environments.

Hubble captures a cross-section of the universe

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:00
An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope ranges from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe.

A study in scarlet

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:30
An image from the European Southern Observatory reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41, which is one small part of a bigger structure called the Lambda Centauri Nebula.

New study outlines "water world" theory of life's origins

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:00
A new study describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life.

Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:00
The images show disturbances at the edge of the A ring — the outermost of the planet’s large bright rings.

Beauty from chaos on Mars

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:00
Streamlined islands and narrow gorges were carved by fast-flowing water pounding through a small plateau region near the southeastern margin of the vast Vallis Marineris canyon system.

Smallest speed jump of pulsar caused by billions of superfluid vortices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:30
This result is important to our understanding of the behavior of matter under extreme conditions.

Hubble stretches stellar tape measure 10 times farther into space

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:00
The new capability allows astronomers to use even more distant stars as yardsticks to refine distance measurements.

Supernova cleans up its surroundings

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:00
Astronomers have identified a supernova remnant that has swept up a remarkable amount of material and has a different shape in radio data compared to that in X-rays.

Faraway moon or faint star? Possible exomoon found

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:00
Although scientists say it’s impossible to confirm the world’s presence, the finding is a first step toward locating others.

Finding the “recipe for star formation”

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 17:30
Using a novel technique to reconstruct a cloud’s 3-D structure, astronomers can estimate how many new stars it is likely to form.

Gusev Crater once held a lake after all, says Mars scientist

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:00
New analysis suggests that low-temperature surface waters introduced carbonates into the region.

Images from NASA Mars Curiosity rover include bright spots

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 18:00
The spots are likely due to cosmic-ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces.

Chance alignment produces beautiful image

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:00
Planetary nebula Abell 33 aligned with foreground star HD 83535 to resemble a diamond engagement ring.