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 2018-04-21 04:49 

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Did You Know the Earth Has a Second Magnetic Field? Its Oceans...

The ESA's Swarm satellites recently began monitoring Earth's oceans to determine how they contribute to Earth's magnetic field......

 2018-04-20 01:04 

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The Challenges of an Alien Spaceflight Program: Escaping Super Earths and Red Dwarf Stars...

According to two new papers submitted by a Harvard Professor and an independent scientists, extra-terrestrials might have a hard time getting out into space. The post The Challenges of an Alien Spaceflight Program: Escaping Super Earths and Red Dwarf Star...

 2018-04-19 20:52 

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This Meteorite is One of the Few Remnants from a Lost Planet that was Destroyed Long Ago...

A new study provides evidence of a so-called lost planet that was formed in the early days of the Solar System, and subsequently destroyed in a collision. The post This Meteorite is One of the Few Remnants from a Lost Planet that was Destroyed Long Ago ap...

 2018-04-18 23:00 

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Musk Says that SpaceX will use a Giant Party Balloon to Bring an Upper Stage Back. Wait, what?...

Elon Musks hints in a tweet that SpaceX wants to use "giant party balloons" to retrieve upper stage rockets. The post Musk Says that SpaceX will use a Giant Party Balloon to Bring an Upper Stage Back. Wait, what? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-18 17:59 

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Weekly Space Hangout: April 18, 2018: Kevin Gill: Art and Science from Juno and MRO...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-04-18 17:30 

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How to Listen to the Background Hum of Gravitational Waves From all the Black Holes Colliding into Each Other...

A pair of scientists who were part of the first gravitational wave discovery have developed a way to listen to the background noise of the Universe to detect thousands more. The post How to Listen to the Background Hum of Gravitational Waves From all the ...

 2018-04-17 22:26 

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The NewSpace Revolution is About to Bring us Tiny Space Telescopes we can all Control...

Next year, Randy Chung and Sean League of Space Fab will be launching the world's first space telescope that will be accessible to everyone! The post The NewSpace Revolution is About to Bring us Tiny Space Telescopes we can all Control appeared first ...

 2018-04-17 20:16 

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The Aurora Station Will be the First Luxury Hotel in Space...

Aurora Station will be the first luxury hotel in space. The station will be open for business in 2022. The post The Aurora Station Will be the First Luxury Hotel in Space appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-16 19:05 

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Carnival of Space #557...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Gadi Eidelheit at his The Venus Transit blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #557. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've g...

 2018-04-16 18:28 

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Could We Detect an Ancient Industrial Civilization in the Geological Record?...

According to a new study by a team of researchers, it is possible that we might find evidence of another industrial civilization in the geological record The post Could We Detect an Ancient Industrial Civilization in the Geological Record? appeared first ...

 2018-04-13 19:26 

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Look at This Fascinating Variety of Planet-Forming Disks Around Other Stars...

New images from the European Southern Observatory show the stunning variety of discs of gas and dust that surround young stars. The post Look at This Fascinating Variety of Planet-Forming Disks Around Other Stars appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-13 18:32 

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Pluto's Charon Gets Mountains Named After Sci-Fi Authors Octavia Butler and Arthur C. Clarke, as Well as Many Others From History and Legend. I Approve!...

The IAU just approved of a dozen names for features on Pluto's moon Charon, which include mountains named after Octavia Butler and Sir Arthur C. Clarke. The post Pluto's Charon Gets Mountains Named After Sci-Fi Authors Octavia Butler and Arthur C....

 2018-04-12 20:06 

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Living Underground on Other Worlds. Exploring Lava Tubes...

When humans try to live on the Moon and Mars, they're going to need protection from the harsh environments. Fortunately, there are ready-made homes on these worlds: lava tubes. The post Living Underground on Other Worlds. Exploring Lava Tubes appeared...

 2018-04-12 19:58 

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See The Finest Sights Before You Die With "Wonders of the Night Sky"...

Want to make sure you don't kick the bucket before seeing the best the night sky has to offer? Then be sure to check out my new book: "Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die." The post See The Finest Sights Before You Die With &#...

 2018-04-12 19:49 

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Dense Star Clusters Could be the Places Where Black Hole Mergers are Common...

According to a new study by an international team of astronomers, black hole mergers are common in globular star clusters The post Dense Star Clusters Could be the Places Where Black Hole Mergers are Common appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-12 02:03 

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Elon Musk Just Shared an Image of the Main Body Tool for Building the BFR. That Thing is F'ing Big!...

Elon Musk just released an Instagram post showing a key component of the upcoming BFR - the main body tool that will assemble the fuselage The post Elon Musk Just Shared an Image of the Main Body Tool for Building the BFR. That Thing is F'ing Big! app...

 2018-04-11 20:25 

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Zoom In, and In, and In! on this Amazing Falcon 9 Photo by Brady Kenniston...

On Monday, April 2 the 14th Commercial Resupply Mission to the International Space Station blasted off Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was carrying a Dragon spacecraft filled with cargo for the astronauts on board the station. The rocket was a re-used Falcon ...

 2018-04-11 17:41 

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Weekly Space Hangout: April 11, 2018: Emily Lakdawalla's "The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job"...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-04-11 17:34 

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Carnival of Space #556...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #556 And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a sp...

 2018-04-11 14:22 

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New Saturn Storm Emerging?...

Astrophotographer Damian Peach raised the alarm on Twitter this past week, of a possible bright storm emerging of the planet Saturn. The spot was noticeable even with the naked eye and in the raw video Peach captured, a sure sign that the storm was a bigg...

 2018-04-10 22:49 

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Io Afire With Volcanoes Under Juno's Gaze...

Volcanic activity on Io was discovered by Voyager 1 imaging scientist Linda Morabito. She spotted a little bump on Io's limb while analyzing a Voyager image and thought at first it was an undiscovered moon. Moments later she realized that wasn't p...

 2018-04-10 21:13 

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Now's Your Chance to Play Kerbal Space Program for Only $12 US...

I'm a huge fan of the Kerbal Space Program. I'm not great at it, but I'm a huge fan. In fact, I've said on many occasions that I've learned more about orbital mechanics from this game than I have from almost 20 years of space journalis...

 2018-04-10 19:49 

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Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would Get Scorched...

According to a new study, Proxima Centauri experiences superflare activity that would likely render its exoplanet (Proxima b) uninhabitable The post Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would ...

 2018-04-10 17:46 

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What If New York City Had No Light Pollution?...

I grew up on a small island off the West Coast of Canada, with the darkest skies you could hope for. Although I live in a small town now, with some light pollution, I can still see the Milky Way from my backyard. But for the people living in some of the b...

 2018-04-09 23:36 

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This is the COOLEST! Everything that's Orbiting the Earth Right Now...

Okay, if you've got some spare time, check out this amazing website called Stuff in Space. It's a simulation of every satellite (alive or dead), space station, and large piece of space junk orbiting the Earth right now. You can zoom in and out, ro...

 2018-04-09 21:16 

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A Magnetar Just Woke Up After Three Years of Silence...

A new study by a team of over 200 international scientists has revealed how a magnetar - a special class of neutron star - has awakened after three years of being dormant. The post A Magnetar Just Woke Up After Three Years of Silence appeared first on Uni...

 2018-04-09 18:57 

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Launching Rockets from Balloons is About to be a Thing, But We Need a Better Name than "Rockoons"...

A new company is developing a hybrid rocket-balloon system to launch microsatellites cheaply from high altitude. The post Launching Rockets from Balloons is About to be a Thing, But We Need a Better Name than "Rockoons" appeared first on Universe ...

 2018-04-09 17:53 

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Astronomers Just Found 72 Stellar Explosions, but Don't Know What's Causing Them...

Using data from the Dark Energy Survey Supernova program, a team of astronomers recently found 72 supernovae, the largest number discovered to date The post Astronomers Just Found 72 Stellar Explosions, but Don't Know What's Causing Them appeared ...

 2018-04-06 19:10 

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NASA Begins Construction of its New Quiet Supersonic Plane...

In partnership with Lockheed Martin, NASA has begun developing their quiet supersonic plane, a revolutionary aircraft that will generate quiet sonic booms The post NASA Begins Construction of its New Quiet Supersonic Plane appeared first on Universe Today...

 2018-04-06 16:46 

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Could There Be Life in the Cloudtops of Venus?...

A new study by a team of international researchers shows how microbial life could exist in Venus' cloud tops, an idea suggested almost fifty years ago The post Could There Be Life in the Cloudtops of Venus? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-05 17:16 

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The Most Distant Star Ever Seen, Only 4.4 Billion Years After the Big Bang...

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers recently imaged the most distant star ever seen in a distant galaxy cluster The post The Most Distant Star Ever Seen, Only 4.4 Billion Years After the Big Bang appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-04 20:50 

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NASA Simulates Their Orion Abort System. Now That Would be a Crazy Ride...

A team of research scientists recently conducted a series of simulations to see how the Orion Launch Abort System would fair in high speed conditions. The post NASA Simulates Their Orion Abort System. Now That Would be a Crazy Ride appeared first on Unive...

 2018-04-04 18:06 

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Simulated View of a Newly Forming Planetary System with Rings and Gaps...

Using data from the ALMA array, a team of international astronomers was able to image a newly forming planetary system and predict the presence of a planet. The post Simulated View of a Newly Forming Planetary System with Rings and Gaps appeared first on ...

 2018-04-04 15:03 

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Weekly Space Hangout: April 4, 2018: Mathew Anderson's "Habitable Exoplanets"...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-04-03 20:10 

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Tiangong-1 Splashes Down in the Pacific Ocean...

According to a statement made by the US Air Force, the reentry of the Tiangong-1 was confirmed over the Pacific Ocean on April 2nd. The post Tiangong-1 Splashes Down in the Pacific Ocean appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-04-03 18:10 

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Did You Know That a Satellite Crashes Back to Earth About Once a Week, on Average?...

This past weekend, a lot of attention was on the Tiangong-1 space station. For some time, space agencies and satellite trackers from around the world had been predicting when this station would fall to Earth. And now that it has safely landed in the Pacif...

 2018-03-31 19:09 

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A New Extrasolar Planet is as Hot and Dense as Mercury, but 2.5 Times the Mass of Earth...

A team of international astronomers recently discovered a Super Earth that has the density of Mercury, and is several times as hot! The post A New Extrasolar Planet is as Hot and Dense as Mercury, but 2.5 Times the Mass of Earth appeared first on Universe...

 2018-03-30 19:42 

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Hubble Finds a Galaxy with Almost no Dark Matter...

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other ground-based observatories, a team of astronomers have found a galaxy that appears to have no dark matter. The post Hubble Finds a Galaxy with Almost no Dark Matter appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-03-29 19:33 

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Tabby's Star is Dipping Again!...

According to updates by Tabetha Boyajian and her team, it appears that Tabby's Star recently experienced another major dip in brightness. The post Tabby's Star is Dipping Again! appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-03-29 17:35 

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Here's How to Follow the De-Orbit of Tiangong-1, now Estimated to Happen Between March 30 and April 2...

All across the world, space agencies and satellite trackers are predicting that China's Tiangong-1 space station will enter Earth's atmosphere around April Fool's Day. The post Here's How to Follow the De-Orbit of Tiangong-1, now Estimated...

 2018-03-29 13:16 

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Tiangong 1 Falls, Blue Moon Rises and Mars Takes Aim At Saturn...

Skywatchers have a busy weekend ahead. The Chinese space station is expected to burn up in the atmosphere, the Moon is full and Mars and Saturn meet at dawn. The post Tiangong 1 Falls, Blue Moon Rises and Mars Takes Aim At Saturn appeared first on Univers...

 2018-03-28 21:03 

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Weekly Space Hangout: March 28, 2018: Austin Wintory & Anthony Lund "A Light In The Void"...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-03-28 20:38 

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Watch the Sun to Know When We're Going to Have Killer Auroras...

Scientists are getting better at predicting colorful auroras here on Earth by closely watching the behavior of the Sun. The post Watch the Sun to Know When We're Going to Have Killer Auroras appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-03-27 18:38 

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Try to Contain Your Surprise. James Webb is Getting Delayed to 2020...

After being assessed by the Standing Review Board, NASA has announced that the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope's will be delayed until 2020. The post Try to Contain Your Surprise. James Webb is Getting Delayed to 2020 appeared first on Univer...

 2018-03-26 22:17 

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NASA's Curiosity Rover Enjoys its 2000th Day on Mars...

Since it landed on Mars in 2012, the Curiosity rover has made some rather startling scientific discoveries. These include the discovery of methane and organic molecules, evidence of how it lost its ancient atmosphere, and confirming that Mars once had flo...

 2018-03-26 19:29 

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Wow, Elon Musk Just Deleted the Facebook Pages for SpaceX and Tesla...

In response to the news of the Facebook data breach, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk has chosen to delete his companies official accounts The post Wow, Elon Musk Just Deleted the Facebook Pages for SpaceX and Tesla appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-03-26 19:07 

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 478: Apollo 8 with Paul Hildebrandt...

On Christmas Day, 1968 Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders became the first human being to see the far side of the Moon. Their mission, of course, was Apollo 8, the first time human beings had ever left Earth orbit and seen the far side of the M...

 2018-03-26 19:07 

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 477: State of Exploration: Once and Future Moon...

It's been decades since humans set foot on the Moon. Well, it's time to go back, in theory. Of course, we've heard this all before. What are the plans afoot to send humans back to the Moon this time. What hardware will we use, and what other s...

 2018-03-26 18:31 

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About 2.3 Billion Years Ago, a Firehose of Oxygen was Released Into the Atmosphere...

According to a new study by an international team of scientists, oxygen was introduced rather rapidly to Earth's atmosphere over 2 billion years ago The post About 2.3 Billion Years Ago, a Firehose of Oxygen was Released Into the Atmosphere appeared f...

 2018-03-26 17:57 

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Carnival of Space #554...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #554. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've go...

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