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This tiny solar system packs in seven Earth-size planets

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 04:00
… and they might all be habitable.
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The Europa mission is heading onto phase B

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 04:00
Now it’s time for some preliminary design work
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This group wants Pluto to be a planet again — and bring hundreds of objects along with it

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 04:00
Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, is ready to make Pluto a planet again ... along with Ganymede and hundreds of other objects.
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This chart puts the moons of the solar system into perspective

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 04:00
Your guide to realizing solar system scale.
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The brightest, most distant pulsar has a complex and powerful magnetic field

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 04:00
Just how brightly can a neutron star shine?
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Scientists are months away from peering into black holes for the first time

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 04:00
We’ve seen indirect evidence for decades. Now it’s time for the Event Horizon Telescope to stare one in the eyes.
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Juno will remain in its current orbit around Jupiter

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 04:00
The craft was originally supposed to insert into a perilous path skimming near the planet in a polar orbit.
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Scientists write a hypothetical Europa landing mission report

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:00
They hope to persuade NASA for a chance to land on the gas giant’s Moon
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How researchers use solar pressure to study our own star — and maybe reach interstellar space

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:00
The same pressure that could propel us to the stars may explain quirks in the Sun’s behavior.
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NASA is enlisting the public to find Planet Nine

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:00
Backyard World: Planet Nine can help you find a missing piece of our solar system from the comforts of your couch.
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Scientists narrow down list of landing sites for Mars 2020

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:00
Oh, the places the rover will go
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High school students identify an ultra-rare star

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:00
This newly-discovered variable is one of only seven of its kind known in our galaxy.
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How Islamic scholarship birthed modern astronomy

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:00
“There were so many contributions over a millennium that it’s impossible to pick just a few.”
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When Earth Became a ‘Mote of Dust’

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:00
We first glimpsed Earth’s curvature in 1946, via a repurposed German V-2 rocket that flew 65 miles above the surface. Year-by-year, we climbed a little higher, engineering a means to comprehend the magnitude of our home. In 1968, Apollo 8 lunar module pilot William Anders captured the iconic Earthrise photo. We contemplated the beauty of our home. But on Valentine’s Day 27 years ago, Voyager 1, from 4 billion miles away, took one final picture before switching off its camera foreve
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How smartphones can help astronomers find FRBs

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:00
You can use that phone for something cooler than Candy Crush and Facebook
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This planet briefly pulls its star into a cepheid variable stage

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:00

The pulses cause seismic waves to move through the atmosphere of the star.


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Astronomers catch a supernova just as its big boom begins

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00
Observations taken just hours after a supernova explosion help to illuminate the environment of the star just before its death.
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A team of astronomers open dataset of nearby stars to the public

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00
Now anyone can help the search for new exoplanets.
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Another Hubble repair mission could be on the way

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00
Preliminary reports suggest the Trump administration may team up with Sierra Nevada to bring new life to an old telescope.
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Why you might not see that comet in the sky

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 04:00

A near-full Moon will likely obscure Comet 45P naked eye viewing. But it’s not impossible.

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