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Missed Slooh's Mars opposition show? Rewatch it here

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 03:00
There's still plenty of time to see Mars this summer, but here's the main event.
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Are Mars' mysterious plumes caused by space weather?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 03:00
Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather.
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Hubble sees a swarm of ancient star clusters around a galaxy

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 03:00
Members of a galaxy type that lies somewhere between an elliptical and a spiral galaxy, lenticular galaxies such as NGC 5308 are disk galaxies that have used up, or lost, the majority of their gas and dust.
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The Sky This Week: May 20 - May 29

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:00
Mars is the star of the show this week, but comet fans and a few gas giants will make welcome appearances in the night sky.
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European astronomers may have found a new way to find alien planets

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:00
New methods could pave the way to finding a true other Earth.
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First evidence of icy comets orbiting a sun-like star

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 15:00
Researchers detected low levels of carbon monoxide gas around the star in amounts that are consistent with the comets in our own solar system.
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Astronomers confirm the faintest early galaxy ever detected

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 03:00
The team relied on gravitational lensing to see the incredibly faint object born just after the Big Bang.
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Watch Mars in Opposition LIVE With Slooh Observatory

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 03:00
You can follow along with the action here.
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Ancient tsunamis pummeled the surface of Mars

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 03:00
Each struck in different eras, leaving behind a breadcrumb trail of clues.
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Uranus May Have a Layer That Keeps Its Glow Dim

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:00
A 'blanket' layer may keep the planet from a faint glow, unlike its neighbor, Neptune.
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New Horizons collects first science on a Kuiper Belt object past Pluto

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:00
The spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a Kuiper Belt object orbiting more than 3 billion miles from the Sun.
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Europa’s ocean may have an Earth-like chemical balance

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:00
Whether the jovian moon has the raw materials and chemical energy in the right proportions to support biology is a topic of intense scientific interest.
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Clues to ancient giant asteroid found in western Australia

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 03:00
The impact would have triggered earthquakes orders of magnitude greater than terrestrial earthquakes, it would have caused huge tsunamis, and would have made cliffs crumble.”
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Dwarf planet Haumea’s lunar system smaller than anticipated

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 03:00

It has two known satellites, an unusually high spin rate, and is also the “parent” of a large family of icy bodies in the outer solar system.

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Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old red stars

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 03:00
Planetary diversity suggests that around other stars, initially frozen worlds could be the size of Earth and provide habitable conditions once the star becomes older.
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Andre Brahic, discoverer of Neptune’s rings, dies at age 73

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 03:00
An expert on the solar system, in 1984 he launched a program that led to the discovery, with US astronomer William Hubbard.
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How a small satellite could reveal big details about Jupiter’s icy moon

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 16:00
A proposal for a Europa CubeSat mission could map the entire world, and maybe find evidence of life too.
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Small blue galaxy could shed new light on Big Bang

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 03:00
“Little lion” galaxy contains lowest level of heavy elements ever detected in gravitationally bound system of stars
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Scientists find “birthmarks” from Earth’s infancy

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 03:00
The surviving parts of Earth’s primitive mantle have been preserved for four and a half billion years.
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Second cycle of martian seasons completing for Curiosity rover

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 03:00
The repetition helps distinguish seasonal effects from sporadic events.
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