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Rings and loops in the stars: Planck’s stunning new images

16 hours 12 min ago
The new maps show regions of the sky that produce anomalous microwave emission.
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Pluto dark spots continue to intrigue

16 hours 12 min ago
These regularly spaced patches are each hundreds of miles across.
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Cosmology looks beyond the standard model

16 hours 12 min ago
A special session at the National Astronomy Meeting has been convened for astronomers to take stock of the evidence and stimulate further investigation of cosmology beyond the standard model.
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Pluto: The "other" red planet

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 15:30
Pluto’s reddish color has been known for decades, but New Horizons is now allowing scientists to correlate the color of different places on the surface with their geology and soon with their compositions.
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Universe's hidden supermassive black holes revealed

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 03:00
A team of scientists using NuSTAR detected high-energy X-rays from five supermassive black holes previously clouded from direct view by dust and gas.
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Astronomers see pebbles poised to make planets

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 03:00
Although scientists thought this is how planets form, this is the first time they’ve actually seen the process in action.
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NASA's New Horizons to return to normal science operations after spacecraft anomaly

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 03:00
Preparations are ongoing to resume the originally planned science operations July 7 and to conduct the entire close flyby sequence as planned.
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Rosetta spacecraft sees sinkholes on comet

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:00
These circular pits on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko likely formed when ices beneath the surface turned directly to gas.
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Spots on Pluto fascinate as New Horizons gets the all clear

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:00
Not finding new moons or rings is a bit of a scientific surprise, but as a result, no engine burn is needed to steer clear of potential hazards.
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Unexpectedly little black hole monsters rapidly suck up surrounding matter

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:00
Such “supercritical accretion” produces powerful outflows in the form of a dense disk wind coming from these ultra-luminous X-ray sources.
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Buried in the heart of a giant

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:00
NGC 2367 is an infant stellar grouping that lies at the center of an immense and ancient structure on the margins of the Milky Way.
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Exposed water ice detected on Rosetta comet’s surface

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:00
Scientists have identified 120 bright regions on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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New Horizons sees Pluto’s “bright fringe,” Charon’s “dark pole”

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:00
Scientists on the New Horizons team have found that the “close approach hemisphere” on Pluto has the greatest variety of terrain types seen on the planet so far.
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Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 03:00
New research from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has identified one such candidate, seemingly looking billions of years younger than its actual age.
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Monster black hole wakes up after 26 years

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 03:00
Since June 15, the black hole/star system V404 Cygni has featured repeated bright X-ray flashes on time scales shorter than an hour.
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M87 has swallowed an entire galaxy in the last billion years

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 03:00
A large sector of the giant elliptical galaxy’s outer halo now appears twice as bright as it would if the collision had not taken place.
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New supercomputer model shows planet-making waves in nearby debris disk

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 03:00
The spiral waves around Beta Pictoris appear to account for many observed features in the planetary system.
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ALMA detects first traces of carbon “smog” permeating interstellar atmospheres of early galaxies

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:00
The find suggests that even though normal galaxies in the early cosmos were already brimming with carbon, they were not nearly as chemically evolved as similar galaxies seen a few billion years later.
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Hubble sees a “behemoth” bleeding atmosphere around a warm Neptune-sized exolanet

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:00
Given this planet’s small size, it may offer clues to how hot super-Earths are born around other stars through the evaporation of their outer layers of hydrogen.
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NASA simulation suggests black holes may make ideal dark matter labs

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:00
While we don’t yet know what dark matter is, we do know it interacts with the rest of the universe through gravity, which means it must accumulate around supermassive black holes.
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