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Scientists discover hidden galaxies behind the Milky Way

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:00
The discovery may help to explain the Great Attractor region, which appears to be drawing the Milky Way and hundreds of thousands of other galaxies towards it with a gravitational force equivalent to a million billion Suns.
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Galactic space oddity discovered

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:00
Dwarf galaxies are considered building blocks of the giants, but the evidence for giants absorbing dwarfs has been largely circumstantial. Now we have caught a pair of galaxies in the act of a deadly embrace.
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Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies at age 85

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 04:00
Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., in the lunar module Antares, which touched down February 5, 1971 in the Fra Mauro highlands.
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Pluto’s mysterious floating hills

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:00
The hills are likely miniature versions of the larger jumbled mountains on Sputnik Planum’s western border.
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Rapidly spinning stars explain dark matter signal from galactic center

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:00
The excess of gamma rays from the center of the Milky Way probably originates from rapidly rotating neutron stars and not from dark matter annihilation as previously claimed.
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Saturn’s rings: less than meets the eye?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:00
Results confirm that more opaque areas in Saturn’s rings do not necessarily contain more material.
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Blast from black hole in a galaxy far, far away

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 04:00
The Pictor A Galaxy contains a supermassive black hole at its center, and a huge amount of gravitational energy is released as material swirls toward the event horizon.
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How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 04:00
Groundhog Day is one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which mark the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes.
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Antarctic fungi survive martian conditions on ISS

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 04:00
Lifeforms taken from the most Mars-like place on Earth managed to survive the harsh conditions of space.
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Pluto’s widespread water ice

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:00
A new map shows exposed water ice to be considerably more widespread across Pluto’s surface than was previously known.
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Moon was produced by head-on collision

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:00
The key to reconstructing the giant impact was a chemical signature revealed in the rocks’ oxygen atoms.
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Monstrous cloud boomerangs back to our galaxy

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:00
Though hundreds of enormous high-velocity gas clouds whiz around the outskirts of our galaxy, this so-called "Smith Cloud" is unique because its trajectory is well known.
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Giant star clusters make new stars by “adopting” stray cosmic gases

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:00
Globular clusters can somehow bear second or even third sets of thousands of sibling stars.
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Telescopes team up to produce highest-resolution astronomical image

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:00
Sixteen telescopes from space and the ground revealed a gorging black hole in a galaxy 900 million light-years from Earth.
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Dark matter affects architecture of galaxy clusters

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:00
A new study suggests that the internal structure of a cluster is linked to the dark matter environment surrounding it.
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Lonely planet has a parent star after all

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:00
Once thought to be a free-floating planet, astronomers have now discovered it orbits its star only once every 900,000 years.
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All the classical planets align under one sky this week

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 04:00
For those willing to brave January’s cold, five planets will look spectacular before sunrise all week.
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Primitive star offers clues about the early universe

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 04:00
This new, brightest example of an ultra metal-poor star will help astronomers understand how the first stars in the universe lived and died.
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Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 04:00
New research suggests the existence of "primordial standard clocks,” in the form of heavy particles, which can be used to measure the passage of time at the universe's birth.
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Dark 'noodles' may lurk in the Milky Way

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:00
Invisible structures shaped like noodles, lasagna sheets, or hazelnuts could be floating around in our galaxy radically challenging our understanding of gas conditions in the Milky Way.
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