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A familiar galaxy with a new surprise: Two supermassive black holes

18 hours 8 min ago

Radio astronomers have spotted something new near Cygnus A’s center.

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Mice born from freeze-dried space sperm are doing OK

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Before they were born, these mice were astronauts. Or, rather, the sperm that would go on to deliver half of their genetic material were. For nine months, mouse sperm was kept aboard the International Space Station, freeze-dried to preserve it. Brought back to Earth, the sperm was rehydrated, introduced to an egg and allowed to divide for about 20 days. The resulting mouse pups carry the distinction of having traveled perhaps the farthest distance ever on their way to being born. Sperm In Space
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Astronomers know TRAPPIST-1h’s orbit

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:00

We now have a little more information about the mysterious, outermost planet.

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Merging white dwarfs may create most of our galaxy’s antimatter

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:00

This discovery helps to rule out more exotic sources of antimatter, such as dark matter.

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The weird star that totally isn’t aliens is dimming again

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 03:00
The mystery of Tabby’s Star kicks in again.
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Astronomers create the largest map of the universe

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 03:00
This map uses quasar positions to reveal further clues about dark energy.
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NASA invites scientists to submit ides for Europa lander

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 03:00
Now is the time to voice your opinions on the lander’s instruments.
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Researchers find a tiny moon around a large unnamed dwarf planet

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 03:00
2007 OR10 gets no respect.
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See a moving global view of Ceres at opposition

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 03:00
The intrepid Dawn craft soldiers on at the largest asteroid (or smallest official dwarf planet)
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Limited-edition Pioneer Plaque replicas available

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 03:00

A dedicated designer and cosmos lover is reproducing the famous plaque.

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Fireworks Galaxy sets off its 10th supernova in a century

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 03:00
This massive star’s death has left behind a supernova for amateur astronomers to spot.
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A tourist’s guidebook like no other — to the rest of the solar system

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 03:00
“Vacation Guide to the Solar System” offers a glimpse of future human space travel
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Citizen scientists are invited to help find supernovae

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 03:00
Shine bright like a supernova
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The first true-color images of Saturn taken during Cassini’s close encounter are coming in — and they’re beautiful!

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 03:00
We’ve already been treated to spectacular black and white closeup images of Saturn, beamed home to Earth by the Cassini spacecraft after it dove between the planet and its rings. Now, we’re getting to see what things look like in true color. Among the first of these images is the one above, processed by Sophia Nasr, an astro-particle physicist working on dark matter. She will begin her PhD studies in physics at UC Irvine in September 2017. (For her full bio, see the end of this post
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What’s Going on August 21st

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 03:00
Hundreds of experiments planned for this summer’s total solar eclipse: We share the highlights
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Chandra spots a recoiling black hole

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 03:00
This supermassive black hole may have resulted from a merger that kicked it out of place.
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A new hot Neptune may be a massive water world

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 03:00
HAT-P-26b is a steamy, steamy world.
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Viewing the sky at radio frequencies

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 03:00
Arrays of antennas and dishes up to 1,000 feet across make radio telescopes the biggest observatories on Earth.
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The newest big thing in radio astronomy

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 03:00
High in Chile’s otherworldly Atacama Desert, the 66-antenna Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array catches radio waves that remain hidden from other telescopes.
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The Fermi Satellite detected its billionth gamma ray

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 03:00

The billionth time’s the charm.

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