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Citizen scientists lead astronomers to mystery objects in space

16 hours 14 min ago
Scientists analyzed the “yellow balls” that appeared in Spitzer data and figured out that they are a new way to detect the early stages of massive star formation.
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Gigantic ring system around J1407b

16 hours 14 min ago
The exoplanet’s ring system consists of over 30 rings, each of them tens of millions of miles in diameter.
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Asteroid that flew past Earth has moon

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:00
Scientists have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86, which made its closest approach January 26.
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Kepler astronomers discover ancient star with five Earth-sized planets

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:00
This system tells us that planets were forming around stars nearly 7 billion years before our solar system.
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Hilltop panorama marks Mars rover’s 11th anniversary

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 04:00
Opportunity has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it arrived at the Red Planet in 2004.
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Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 04:00
The mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s dusty surface.
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Getting to know Rosetta's comet

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 22:00
The spacecraft is revealing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution.
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Black hole on a diet creates a “changing look” quasar

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:00
Until now, scientists have been unable to study both the bright and dim phases of a quasar in a single source.
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Chandra celebrates the International Year of Light

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:00
Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and applications of light will be joining together for this yearlong celebration.
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Telescope on NASA’s SDO collects its 100 millionth image

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 04:00
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, which uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the Sun, cycles through 10 different wavelengths every 12 seconds.
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Dawn delivers new image of Ceres

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:00
This is the first in a series of images that will be taken for navigation purposes during the approach to Ceres.
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Dawn delivers new image of Ceres

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:00
This is the first in a series of images that will be taken for navigation purposes during the approach to Ceres.
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NEOWISE: A yearlong look at the sky

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:00
The spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects in the first year after the mission was restarted.
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Snapshot of cosmic burst of radio waves

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:00
The theories are now that the radio wave burst might be linked to a compact type of object — such as neutron stars or black holes — and the bursts could be connected to collisions or “star quakes.”

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Three nearly Earth-sized planets found orbiting nearby star

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:00
The outermost planet orbits in the “Goldilocks” zone, a region where surface temperatures could be moderate enough for liquid water and perhaps life to exist.
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New Horizons begins first stages of Pluto encounter

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:00
The “optical navigation” campaign that starts January 25 will mark the first time pictures from the spacecraft will be used to help pinpoint Pluto’s location.
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New exoplanet-hunting telescopes achieve first light

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:00
The 12 instruments of the Next-Generation Transit Survey will focus on discovering Neptune-sized and smaller planets from Paranal Observatory in Chile.
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Asteroid to fly by Earth safely January 26

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:00
The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.
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Unusual light signal yields clues about elusive black hole merger

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:00
The discovery could help shed light on a long-standing conundrum in astrophysics — what the final stages of a black hole merger look like.
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Machines teach astronomers about stars

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:00
The research is part of the growing field of machine learning in which computers learn from large data sets, finding patterns that humans might not otherwise see.
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