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Cosmic food fights

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:00
Disputes in astronomy don't exist only in ancient history.
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Fingerprinting the formation of giant planets

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:30
A team of scientists used observations of the system 16 Cygni to discover evidence of how giant planets like Jupiter form.
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Project yields sharpest map of Mars surface properties

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:00
The map uses data from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), a nine-band visual and infrared camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
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Peering into giant planets from in and out of this world

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:00
Researchers can now re-create and accurately measure material properties that control how these planets evolve over time.
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The twofold comet: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:30
New images obtained by Rosetta confirm Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s peculiar two-part shape.
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Asteroid Vesta to reshape theories of planet formation

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:00
If Vesta has less of an olivine-rich mantle and more of a pyroxene-rich crust, then the proportion of materials making up Vesta, and probably Earth and other telluric planets, is different from what was previously expected.
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Comet ISON’s final hours

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:00
Researchers have concluded that hours before its perihelion passage, ISON stopped emitting dust and gas into space.
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Curiosity finds iron meteorite on Mars

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:00
Iron meteorites dominate the small number of space rocks found on the Red Planet.
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Silhouettes of early galaxies reveal few seeds for new stars

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:00
Previous experiments led astronomers to expect hydrogen molecules in 10 of the 90 young galaxies observed, but they found just one case.
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Out of an hours-long explosion, a stand-in for the first stars

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:00
The outburst validates ideas about a recently identified class of gamma-ray burst and serves as a stand-in for what future observatories may see as the last acts of the first stars.
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NASA spacecraft observes further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:00
Mars has water vapor and plenty of frozen water, but the presence of liquid water on the neighboring planet has not been confirmed.
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Sun-like stars reveal their ages

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 03:00
Astronomers are using a new technique called gyrochronology for measuring the age of 22 Sun-like stars using their spins.
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Brief pulse detected by Arecibo telescope appears to come from far beyond our galaxy

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 18:30
The finding by a team of astronomers marks the first time that a so-called “fast radio burst” has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
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Hubble sees spiral bridge of young stars between two ancient galaxies

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:00
The unique structure of the star spiral may yield new insights into the formation of stellar superclusters that result from merging galaxies and gas dynamics.
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Carbon monoxide predicts “red and dead” future of gas-guzzler galaxy

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:00
Finding and studying carbon monoxide in more galaxies will tell astronomers even more about how stars formed in the early days of the universe and help solve the mystery of far-away “red and dead” galaxies.
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The Very Large Telescope clears up dusty mystery

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:00
For the first time, scientists show that a supernova explosion, a cosmic dust factory, makes its grains in a two-stage process, starting soon after the explosion but continuing for years afterward.
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Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 19:00
A team of astronomers has used extensive new observations to create the first high-resolution 3-D model of the expanding cloud produced by Eta Carinae in the 19th century.
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Laboratory models suggest that stretching forces shaped Jupiter moon’s surface

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:00
Scientists say processes that shaped the ridges and troughs on the surface of Ganymede are likely similar to tectonic processes seen on Earth.
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A source of the most powerful cosmic rays?

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:00
An observatory found a “hotspot” near the Big Dipper that emits a disproportionate number of highest-energy cosmic rays.
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Astronomers find supermassive black hole blasting molecular gas at 600,000 miles per hour from a galaxy

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 03:00
A study provides the first direct evidence that black holes’ energetic jets of electrons that are moving at close to the speed of light accelerate molecular outflows.
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