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Organic molecules in Titan’s atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 03:00
These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about the saturnian moon’s windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations.
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Big black holes can block new stars

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 03:00
Research provides new evidence that it is jets of “radio-frequency feedback” streaming from mature galaxies’ central black holes that prevent hot free gas from cooling and collapsing into baby stars.
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Two families of comets found around nearby star

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:00
The HARPS instrument has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created.
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Fermi satellite finds hints of starquakes in magnetar “storm”

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:00
Observations of these high-energy eruptions provide information on how the neutron star’s surface twists and vibrates.
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POLARBEAR detects B-modes in the cosmic microwave background

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:00
The detection is a sign that this cosmic light has been warped by intervening structures in the universe.
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New solar findings revealed by IRIS observatory

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:00
The data provide new insights into what drives the rise in temperature from the Sun’s surface to its outer atmosphere.
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Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:00
This new detection is considered one of the most reliable distance measurements of a galaxy that existed in the early universe.
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Saturn moon may hide a “fossil” core or an ocean

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:00
The data suggest that something is not right inside Mimas; the amount of wobble measured is double what was predicted.
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NASA Mars orbiters study comet flyby

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:00
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN, and Mars Odyssey all are part of a campaign to study Comet Siding Spring and possible effects on the martian atmosphere from gases and dust released by the comet.
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MESSENGER provides first optical images of ice near Mercury's north pole

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:00
The images indicate that Mercury’s polar deposits either were delivered to the planet recently or are regularly restored at the surface through an ongoing process.
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APEX reveals hidden star formation in protocluster

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:00
The study showed that star formation in the Spiderweb Cluster is concentrated mostly in a single region, not on the large filaments connecting galaxies as expected.
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope finds potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons mission

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:00
This was a needle-in-haystack search because the elusive objects are extremely small, faint, and difficult to pick out against myriad background stars.
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NASA mission provides its first look at martian upper atmosphere

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:00
The first data includes information on energetic solar particles that reach Mars and the oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surround the Red Planet.
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Solving the mysteries of our galaxy's core

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:30
Scientists have detected small lumps within the smooth scattering disk of the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.
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Study claims Milky Way dark matter half what scientists thought

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:00
Astronomers made the measurement by studying the speed of stars throughout the galaxy, including the edges, which had never been studied to this detail before.
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NASA mission finds widespread evidence of young lunar volcanism

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 03:00
The new information is hard to reconcile with what scientists currently think about the temperature of the interior of the Moon.
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Hubble maps the temperature and water vapor on an extreme exoplanet

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:00
A team of scientists has made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a turbulent planet, WASP-43b, outside our solar system.
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NASA prepares its science fleet for Mars comet encounter

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:00
Comet Siding Spring will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet on October 19.
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Lutetia’s dark side hosts hidden crater

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:00
The Rosetta spacecraft’s images of grooves found the asteroid point to the existence of a large impact crater on the unseen side of the rocky world.
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Radio telescopes unravel mystery of nova gamma rays

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 03:00
The discovery revealed a probable mechanism for the gamma-ray emissions, which mystified astronomers when first observed in 2012.
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