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 2021-04-22 21:45 

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Giant Planet is Found at an Extreme Distance From its Star...

One of the best things about the sheer number of exoplanets that astronomers are currently finding is how some are just very different. Those differences can sometimes undermine standing theories, and prompt scientists to start considering new theories th...

 2021-04-21 19:53 

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Blue Origin's Latest New Shepard Flight is a Success, With Passengers Climbing on Board (and Getting off Again Before it Flew)...

Blue Origin is once again feeling momentum after the latest successful flight of their New Shepard launch vehicle. The post Blue Origin's Latest New Shepard Flight is a Success, With Passengers Climbing on Board (and Getting off Again Before it Flew) ...

 2021-04-21 18:43 

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New Horizons is Now 50 Astronomical Units Away From the Sun...

As the New Horizons spacecraft hurtles out towards interstellar space, it has now reached an historical milestone. On April 17, 2021, New Horizons passed 50 astronomical units, or 50 times Earth's distance from the Sun. It is just the 5th spacecraft t...

 2021-04-21 13:45 

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Catch Comet R4 ATLAS as it Nears Earth...

Time to catch comet C/2020 R4 ATLAS... while you can. The post Catch Comet R4 ATLAS as it Nears Earth appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-20 21:06 

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What if Starship Didn't Do a Landing Burn at All?...

Another 3D graphic artist has a proposal for Musk: to "catch" the Starship using a special launch tower, kind of like they want to do with the Super Heavy. The post What if Starship Didn't Do a Landing Burn at All? appeared first on Universe T...

 2021-04-20 18:04 

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One Idea to Explain Dark Matter Ultralight Bosons Fails the Test...

A study of rotating black holes show that some spin so quickly because dark matter particles haven't slowed them down. The post One Idea to Explain Dark Matter Ultralight Bosons Fails the Test appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-20 01:42 

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Meteorites Hold Early Atmospheres From Across the Solar System...

Since they were formed in the early solar system, many meteorites offer an unadulterated view into what that solar system was made out of, or what happened to it as we reported before. Recently a team of researchers led by Maggie Thompson at University of...

 2021-04-19 20:37 

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NASA Picks SpaceX to Land Astronauts on the Moon!...

NASA has selected SpaceX to develop the Human Landing System (HLS) that will bring the "first woman and next man" to the Moon in 2024! The post NASA Picks SpaceX to Land Astronauts on the Moon! appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-19 18:23 

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This Is a Collapsed Pit on Mars, Not a Pimple...

Mars has been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason. With the historic landing of the Perseverance Rover earlier in the year, and the successful flight of Ingenuity, the first-ever aircraft to fly in another atmosphere, earlier this morning (April...

 2021-04-19 14:35 

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"You Wouldn't Believe What I Just Saw:" Ingenuity Helicopter Flies Successfully on Mars...

NASA pulled off a Wright Brothers moment on Mars early today by successfully flying the tiny Ingenuity helicopter for approximately 40 seconds. "We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet," said MiMi Aung, Ingenuity...

 2021-04-19 03:57 

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Roman Space Telescope Will Also Find Rogue Black Holes...

In the past we've reported about how the Roman Space Telescope is going to potentially be able to detect hundreds of thousands of exoplanets using a technique known as "microlensing4;. Exoplanets won't be the only things it can find with th...

 2021-04-19 02:13 

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How Does Water go From Interstellar Clouds to Habitable Worlds?...

Water moves. On Earth, it moves in the form of rivers, rain, or ocean swells. In space, its movements are more subtle but no less more important, and so far we understand very little about that process. Luckily, we had a tool to help us try to understand ...

 2021-04-18 19:20 

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Fermilab's Muon g-2 Experiment Finally Gives Particle Physicists a Hint of What Lies Beyond the Standard Model...

The results of the first run of the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab indicate that there could be physics beyond the Standard Model that we simply haven't seen yet! The post Fermilab's Muon g-2 Experiment Finally Gives Particle Physicists a Hint of...

 2021-04-18 03:40 

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SpaceX has Given up Trying to Catch Rocket Fairings. Fishing Them out of the Ocean is Fine...

If there is one driving force in the commercial space industry it is economics. The whole concept of reusable booster rocket emphasizes the importance of getting launch costs down. SpaceX, the company leading the charge in trying to bring launch costs dow...

 2021-04-18 00:59 

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When Stars Get Too Close to Each Other, They Cast Out Interstellar Comets and Asteroids...

In October 2017, humanity caught its first-ever glimpse of an interstellar object a visitor from beyond our solar system passing nearby the Sun. We named it Oumuamua, and its unusual properties fascinated and confounded astronomers. Less than two years la...

 2021-04-17 17:48 

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You Thought Black Hole Event Horizons Looked Strange. Check out Binary Black Hole Event Horizons...

Binary black holes lens light so strongly it's difficult to simulate how they would appear. A new simulation shows us how strange and complex it can get. The post You Thought Black Hole Event Horizons Looked Strange. Check out Binary Black Hole Event ...

 2021-04-17 00:49 

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Astronauts Will Soon be Getting a Space Fridge, Keeping Everything Cold in Zero-G...

One of the least known of NASA's funding mechanisms is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program, required by the Baye-Doyle Act of 1980, earmarks a piece of every US Federal agency's budget (including NASA) for the devel...

 2021-04-16 23:25 

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Biden Administration is Looking for a 6.3% Increase in NASA's Budget for 2022...

Space research, like much else in capitalist societies, is driven by funding. The biggest source of that funding for that space research is usually the US government. Which is why, when US presidents release their budget proposals, the space community tak...

 2021-04-16 22:56 

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Citizen Scientists Discover a new Feature in Star Formation: "Yellowballs"...

AI is often touted as being particularly good at finding patterns amongst reams of data. But humans also are extremely good at pattern recognition, especially when it comes to visual images. Citizen science efforts around the globe leverage this fact, and...

 2021-04-15 21:34 

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Ground-Based Lasers Could Push Space Debris off Collision-Course Orbits...

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) are finding new uses for the laser-based technology that sharpens telescope imagery called adaptive optics and it just might help mitigate the world's growing space debris problem. Purpose-built ...

 2021-04-14 20:27 

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If you Want to Move an Asteroid, you Need the Right Kind of Nuclear Explosion...

A new collaborative study has shown that nuclear explosions could be used to deflect asteroids, protecting Earth from cataclysmic impacts. The post If you Want to Move an Asteroid, you Need the Right Kind of Nuclear Explosion appeared first on Universe To...

 2021-04-14 16:18 

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Finding Oxygen on an Alien World Doesn't Always Mean There's Life There...

Oxygen could indicate presence of life on another world, but for red dwarf planets finding oxygen isn't enough. The post Finding Oxygen on an Alien World Doesn't Always Mean There's Life There appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-14 15:39 

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100-meter Asteroid Created a Strange Impact Event in Antarctica 430,000 Years Ago...

The effects of ancient asteroid impacts on Earth are still evident from the variety of impact craters across our planet. And from the Chelyabinsk event back in 2013, where an asteroid exploded in the air above a Russian town, we know how devastating an &#...

 2021-04-14 14:36 

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Galileo Sunspot Sketches Versus Modern 'Deep Learning' AI...

A new study turns modern 'deep learning' techniques on Galileo's early sketches of the Sun. The post Galileo Sunspot Sketches Versus Modern 'Deep Learning' AI appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-13 15:45 

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Earth Gains 5,200 Tons of Dust From Space Every Year...

Whenever I wipe the dust off my coffee table or catch a glimpse of dust motes floating in sunlight, my spacey mind always wonders, is any of that cosmic dust? It just might be. But the amount of space dust that lands on our planet every year might surpris...

 2021-04-13 02:08 

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The Same Technology Could Search for Microbes in Mars Rocks or Under the ice on Europa...

NASA's SHERLOC and WATSON, two spectrometers designed to look for biosignatures, could answer if there's life on Mars on inside the Solar System's icy moons. The post The Same Technology Could Search for Microbes in Mars Rocks or Under the ice...

 2021-04-13 00:37 

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Trojan Mission Lucy Tested its Solar Panels for the First Time. Those Things are Huge...

Space missions often have to go where the sun don't shine. Or at least where it shines very faintly. That is particularly important if the mission draws its power from the sun. Luckily, engineers have a way of dealing with that problem just make reall...

 2021-04-12 16:46 

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Gaia Finds 12 Examples of Einstein Crosses; Galaxies Being Gravitationally Lensed so we see Them Repeated 4 Times...

After examining data from the Gaia Observatory, a team of researchers found 12 more examples of the rare phenomenon known as "Einstein Crosses." The post Gaia Finds 12 Examples of Einstein Crosses; Galaxies Being Gravitationally Lensed so we see T...

 2021-04-12 15:34 

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Brown Dwarfs can Spin so Fast They Almost Tear Themselves Apart...

Some brown dwarfs rotate so fast that they are flattened spheres. If they rotate any faster they might fly apart. The post Brown Dwarfs can Spin so Fast They Almost Tear Themselves Apart appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-12 13:39 

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OSIRIS-REx Did One Last Close Flyby of Asteroid Bennu. It's Almost Time to Come Home...

After more than two years in orbit around asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is ready to come home. It's bringing with it a pristine sample of space rocks that geologists here on Earth are eager to study up close. The sample will arrive ...

 2021-04-11 20:41 

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How's the Weather in Jezero Crater? According to Perseverance: Cold...

The Perseverance rover just provided its first Martian weather report (it was cold!), which could help inform future missions involving astronauts. The post How's the Weather in Jezero Crater? According to Perseverance: Cold appeared first on Universe...

 2021-04-10 15:28 

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Primordial Asteroids That Never Suffered Massive Collisions all Seem to be Larger Than 100 km. Why?...

The early asteroids had a similar size, and this could be due to turbulence in the early solar system. The post Primordial Asteroids That Never Suffered Massive Collisions all Seem to be Larger Than 100 km. Why? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-10 12:39 

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What Would Raindrops be Like on Other Worlds?...

Precipitation is much more widespread throughout that solar system than commonly assumed. Obviously it rains water on Earth. But it snows carbon dioxide on Mars, rains methane on Titan, sulfuric acid on Venus, and could potentially rain diamonds on Neptun...

 2021-04-09 19:56 

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Jupiter Could Make an Ideal Dark Matter Detector...

So, you want to find dark matter, but you don't know where to look? A giant planet might be exactly the kind of particle detector you need! Luckily, our solar system just happens to have a couple of them available, and the biggest and closest is Jupit...

 2021-04-09 15:12 

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Perseverance Takes a Selfie With Ingenuity. It's Almost Time to fly...

Perseverance is having a proud parent moment in this image, looking like it's waiting with a child at the bus stop on the first day of school. The Mars 2020 rover took this selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, which is preparing to take the first con...

 2021-04-09 02:57 

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What are the Best Ways to Search for Technosignatures?...

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has long roots in human history. With the advent of modern technologies, scientists were finally able to start scanning the skies for any sign of life. When the search first started back in the 1960s, it...

 2021-04-08 15:39 

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An Intermediate-Mass Black Hole Discovered Through the Gravitational Lensing of a Gamma-ray Burst...

An intermediate mass black hole was discovered by its chance alignment with a gamma ray burst. The post An Intermediate-Mass Black Hole Discovered Through the Gravitational Lensing of a Gamma-ray Burst appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-08 15:05 

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Perseverance Captured This Image of a "Rainbow" on Mars, but it's just a Lens Flare in the Rover's Camera...

Did the Perseverance rover capture a rainbow on Mars? This image, from the rover's left rear Hazard Camera, sure looks like it. But alas, no. However, film director JJ Abrams would be proud. The rover's official Twitter account explained it best, ...

 2021-04-07 21:08 

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Mars Helicopter Survives its First Night on Mars is Getting Ready to Fly...

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter survived its first night on the Martian surface and is preparing for its first test flight. The post Mars Helicopter Survives its First Night on Mars is Getting Ready to Fly appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-07 15:33 

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Here's a Strange Rock That Perseverance Shot With its Laser...

Perseverance has been busy lately. After testing its systems out, taking the first sound recording ever on the Red Planet, and dropping off its helicopter sidekick, now it has the opportunity to work on its primary mission: stare at some rocks. And occasi...

 2021-04-06 21:12 

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Lunar Gateway Will Maintain its Orbit With a 6 kW ion Engine...

The ionic propulsion system that will allow the Lunar Gateway to orbit the Moon just got its first test, and passed with flying colors The post Lunar Gateway Will Maintain its Orbit With a 6 kW ion Engine appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-06 19:48 

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Uranus X-Rays are Probably Reflected Sunlight, but There Could be Another Source as Well...

X-rays offer a unique insight into the astronomical world. Invisible to the naked eye, most commonly they are thought of as the semi-dangerous source of medical scans. However, X-ray observatories, like the Chandra X-ray Observatory are capable of seeing ...

 2021-04-05 21:22 

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Is Dark Matter Responsible for Extra Gamma Rays Coming From the Center of the Milky Way?...

For years astronomers have puzzled over a strange excess of gamma rays coming from the galactic center. Annihilating dark matter has always been a tantalizing explanation, and new research claims that it's the best answer. For the last 11 years, NASA&...

 2021-04-05 13:20 

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There are new Stars Forming Near the Core of the Milky Way Despite the Harsh Environment...

The central core of our galaxy is not a friendly place for star formation, and yet new observations have revealed almost four dozen newly-forming systems. These results challenge our understanding of the complicated physics of our galactic heart. The core...

 2021-04-05 02:59 

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Roman Telescope Could Turn up Over 100,000 Planets Through Microlensing...

Recently we reported on a haul of 2,200 new exoplanets from the 2 year primary mission of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). But that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of exoplanet hunting. If calculations from NASA are correct the Na...

 2021-04-04 23:25 

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InSight Detects Two Significant Quakes from the Cerberus Fossae Region on Mars...

NASA's InSight lander felt the distant rumble of two major 'marsquakes' in March, originating from a region near the Martian equator known as the Cerberus Fossae. Registering magnitudes of 3.1 and 3.3 on March 7th and March 18th respectively, ...

 2021-04-04 15:01 

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A new way to see Inside Neutron Stars...

Astronomers study neutron stars using a method made famous by jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. The post A new way to see Inside Neutron Stars appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-03 21:24 

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A Lake in a Martian Crater was Once Filled by Glacial Runoff...

Using images obtained by the MRO, a team of researchers has found features on Mars that were formed billions of years ago from glacial run-off. The post A Lake in a Martian Crater was Once Filled by Glacial Runoff appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-04-03 21:04 

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Interstellar Comet Borisov is so Pristine, it's Probably Never Been Close to a Star Before...

By comparing our local Comet Hale-Bopp to the interstellar visitor 2I/Borisov, a team of astronomers have concluded that the interloper is perhaps one of the most pristine comets we've ever seen. "2I/Borisov could represent the first truly pristin...

 2021-04-03 14:45 

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Satellites Have Brightened the Skies by About 10% Across the Entire Planet...

New research has found that as the number of satellites in Earth orbit continues to increase, their accumulated light pollution will brighten the night sky making it much harder to do fundamental astronomy. The continued launch of so-called "mega-cons...

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