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Free-fall experiment could test if gravity is a quantum force

The effort to reconcile general relativity with quantum mechanics always hits one snag: gravity. An experiment could finally tell us if it is a quantum force

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Scientists found a new Earth-sized planet nearby… and it might be habitable

Forget Mars, scientists have discovered a new Earth-sized, possibly habitable, planet just 11 light years away. Known as Ross 128b, the newly discovered..

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Scientists discover neutron star collisions make gold, other elements

The discovery is significant in part because it is the first time researchers have detected light along with the gravitational waves.

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Physics Breakthrough in 50-Year Search for 'Holy Grail' Particle Tetraquark

A combination of three quarks creates a hadron, which, when stable, we know as a proton or neutron. Now, researchers are about to publish what they say is proof that the tetraquark exists, that it’s stable, and that they can generate it in the Large Ha

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Even more evidence points to alien life on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered that a subsurface ocean on Enceladus could have existed for billions of years, providing plenty of time for microbial alien life to emerge and evolve. One of Saturn’s icy moons, Enceladus is considered one of the best bets f

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Proxima Centauri: Our Closest Cosmic Neighbour May Have an Entire Solar System We Never Knew About

Just last year, scientists announced they had spotted a planet orbiting the star nearest our sun, Proxima Centauri. The discovery is described in a new paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "It’s the first indication o

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10 Spacetime Mysteries That Quantum Gravity Could Solve

We travel through spacetime every day, but still don't really know how it works.

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New Wormhole Could Resolve the Black Hole Information Paradox

A new theory is percolating among physicists that presupposes the existence of a traversable wormhole.

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In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding Stars

Scientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.

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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created.

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Mystery of the Universe’s Missing Matter Finally Solved by Scientists

The universe is missing half its matter. Scientists believe most of the universe—about 70 percent—is made up of dark energy, the mystery force thought to be driving its expansion. About a quarter is dark matter, and the remaining five percent is norma

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From meteor showers to a supermoon: 5 astronomy events you won't want to miss this fall

The longer autumn nights will feature many notable celestial events that stargazers can mark down on their calendars.

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Gravity Could Be the Result of Random Quantum Fluctuations

A new theory takes a feature of a quantum mechanical model and shows how it can generate gravity.

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Juno Jupiter Images: NASA Captures Gas Giant in Incredible Detail During Close Approach

Each flyby, a community of Jupiter fans that spans the globe chooses what features JunoCam should focus its lens on. Occasionally more of the frame is black than Jupiter. Here, the image processor was particularly intrigued by the dark ring visible just

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Betelgeuse: The impending Supernova you need to know about

Check out this incredible video of the Betelgeuse 'killer' star - 1,400 times larger than our Sun that would swallow up Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and even Jupiter. The Betelgeuse star is a famous one among amateur astronomers not only for its size and b

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Hubble Telescope Views Blistering Pitch-Black Planet WASP-12b

Twice the size of any planet in our solar system, WASP-12b has the capability to trap at least 94% of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.

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Follow Cassini’s final moments before it plunges into Saturn

For the last thirteen years, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn, sending back extraordinary images and data from the ringed planet and its moons.

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SpaceX finishes testing Falcon Heavy's first stage cores

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been in the works for so long that it almost feels like the stuff of legend at this point (Elon Musk first unveiled it in 2011), but there are signs that it might make that promised November launch.

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NASA’s Hubble Detects Signs of Water on Potentially Habitable TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Several of the planets orbiting a nearby star may harbor “substantial amounts” of water, astronomers say, including three planets situated in a habitable part of the star’s solar system. The star—called TRAPPIST-1—is an ultracool dwarf star 40 l

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Does The Universe Have Physical Boundaries?

Does the universe have physical boundaries? This question was originally answered on Quora by Viktor T. Toth.

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The Matter with Dark Matter

How do scientists know there's a mysterious substance called "dark matter" that dominates our universe? An astrophysicist explains.

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Exclusive: We may have detected a new kind of gravitational wave

Rumours are swirling of a new kind of gravitational wave, created by colliding neutrons stars, rather than black holes. Now Hubble has joined the hunt

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The Next Solar Eclipse: Eclipse Maps for the Next 50 Years | Time.com

We've listed every total solar eclipse for the next 50 years, after the one on August 21, with maps showing each eclipse's projected path

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Eclipse 2017: A Unique Chance for Science

On Aug. 21, the Moon will cast its shadow down on Earth, giving all of North America the chance to see a solar eclipse. Within the narrow, 60- to 70-mile-wide band stretching from Oregon to South...

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Gravitational Lensing Provides Rare Glimpse Into Interiors of Black Holes

The observable Universe is an extremely big place, measuring an estimated 91 billion light-years in diameter. As a result, astronomers are forced to rely on powerful instruments to see faraway objects. But even these are sometimes limited, and must be paired with a technique known as gravitational lensing.

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NASA's voyager spacecraft still sending data back to Earth after 40 years in operation

NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are coming up on their 40-year anniversaries of exploration this August and September.

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NASA's New Plasma Rocket Ready For Testing

The engine could be much more efficient than standard chemical rockets.

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Physicists Capture the Elusive Neutrino Smacking Into an Atom's Core

By measuring how a nucleus bounces off a neutrino, scientists crack a window into the personality of the shyest particle.

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Ripples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond

There's a new book out on gravitational waves, and it covers the history, science, people, and possibilities unlike any other.

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Mars rover sends home spectacular panorama

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity continues to perform some amazing feats despite being long overdue for its expected retirement. The rover, having ventured to a somewhat mysterious site that researchers call Perseverance Valley, has been doing its best to he

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Scientists have a new plan for finding extraterrestrial life in our Solar System

Humanity hasn't even scratched the surface of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, much less the rest of the universe, but when it comes to our own Solar System, we have a pretty good idea of what's here.

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Distant Kuiper Belt Object Observed By New Horizons NASA Team In Argentina

NASA researchers with the New Horizons team captured new images of a Kuiper Belt object over the weekend.

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Quantum mechanical particles travel backwards, study confirms

A team of particle physicists and mathematicians have confirmed all quantum mechanical particles move backwards.

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Lawbreaking Particles May Point to a Previously Unknown Force in the Universe - Scientific American

Scientists aren’t yet certain that electrons and their relatives are violating the Standard Model of particle physics, but the evidence is mounting

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot may die within your lifetime

The super-storm has been a prisoner of Jupiter's jet streams for perhaps 350 years, yet has shrunk by more than 50% since the 1800s.

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This Aurora GIF From NASA Will Leave You Speechless

It's pretty easy to be continually in awe of space and new discoveries around it, but every now and then, NASA outdoes itself. This time it comes from a time-lapse video the organization released on June 30, showcasing the aurora australis lights in

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Space breakthrough: Scientists teleport photon from Earth to orbit

For the first time, scientists have successfully teleported a photon from the ground to a satellite in orbit.

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LHC: Charming Particle Xi-cc Discovered at Cern Fits with Standard Model and Opens New Window on the Universe

A new type of particle has been discovered by scientists at CERN using data from last year’s run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The particle opens the door to a “new frontier” of physics, providing researchers with a new way to investigate the

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Does Dark Energy Exist? Einstein's General Relativity Could Rid Us of the Need for Universe's Most Mysterious Force

A renewed suggestion that dark energy may not be real—dispensing with 70 percent of the stuff in the universe—has reignited a longstanding debate. Dark energy and dark matter are theoretical inventions that explain observations we cannot otherwise und

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The whole universe fits in one image with a special trick of math

The universe is enormous — so vast that it's almost impossible to picture what it might...

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NASA’s latest Jupiter image will blow you away

This image, taken by the Juno spacecraft’s JunoCam, was snapped in May as the spacecraft raced passed Jupiter. I don’t have to tell you that it’s a spectacular and breathtaking look at the gas giant. Like the other incredible pictures we’ve seen o

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Was It All Just Noise? Independent Analysis Casts Doubt On LIGO's Detections

The LIGO team just recently announced their third robust event, consistent with merging black holes. But an unexplained effect might mean this isn't signal, but simply noise instead.

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NASA Rocket Launch Will Create Blue-Green and Red Clouds on Sunday

As long as the weather holds—the launch has been postponed four times already.

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2017 Full Moon Calendar

Calendar with dates and times for the full moons of 2017.

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Trappist Solar System Formed As Planets Moved To Warmer Climate

The seven Earth-sized planets in the Trappist-1 solar system formed as their pieces moved toward the star and ice melted into water.

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Behold Jupiter’s Enormity With This Amazing Fly-By Video

A mathematician and an animator teamed up to compile 36 photos into one amazing video.

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LIGO detects more gravitational waves, from even more ancient and distant black hole collisions

These ripples in the very fabric of the universe were hypothesized by Einstein a century ago. Now scientists have detected them for the third time in a year and a half – ushering in a new era in astrophysics.

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Scientists may have found evidence of a parallel universe

The idea that we might be living in just one of an infinite number of universes has been fodder for scientific debate and sci-fi movie plots for a long time, but coming up with evidence to support the theory has been hard to come by.

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Aerospace Executive 'Absolutely Convinced' There Are Aliens On Earth | HuffPost

"There has been and is an existing ET presence. I spent more than anybody else in the U.S. has ever spent on this subject."

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Found: A Neptune-sized planet with sulfur-rich clouds and a watery atmosphere

Astronomers discover a distant plant that would feel "like D.C. on a really horrible summer day."

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Giant ring of galaxies scattered during Andromeda flyby challenges Einstein's theory of gravity

A huge ring of galaxies spanning 10 billion light years is challenging Albert Einstein's theory of gravity. In two papers, one published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and the other currently under review, scientists observed th

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Superluminal Speeds (faster than light)

This video features Professor Mike Merrifield from the University of Nottingham explaining a star appearing to a break the faster than light law.

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NASA’s Saturn spacecraft just delivered photos so stunning you’ll think they’re fake

NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues to delivery some truly jaw-dropping photographs from Saturn, and its most recent "Grand Finale" dive between the planet's rings has produced some of its most striking eye candy yet.

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Scientists discover supersized earthlike planet

American scientists have discovered a super-sized earthlike planet in a nearby star system that could support alien life.

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Why Are the Mountains on Mars So Much Taller Than Those on Earth? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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NASA's MAVEN Discovers How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

Mars used to be a warm, wet world, filled with oceans, rivers, and maybe even life. But no longer. Here’s how it happened.

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Winston Churchill was also a prophetic astronomer

Many of Winston Churchill's 77-year-old ideas are shockingly modern, with many of them still held by today's astronomers.

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Rare Astrological Event: January 7th 2017 All Planets Are Moving Direct

Starting January 7th and going through February 6th, 2017, all of the major planets will be moving direct (forward). Ancients saw this as a time of great

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Major earthquakes might be caused by the moon

The 2011 earthquake in Japan and the 2004 temblor in the Indian Ocean may have been precipitated by tidal stress from the moon.

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What Happened To The Object That Created Our Moon?

What happened to the object that slammed into the Earth to create the Moon? Was it destroyed entirely, or does it linger in one place?

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Watching a star explode after 'hibernating' - CNN.com

Amidst the billions of stars in the Milky Way, astronomers have witnessed the evolution of one as it exploded in a classical nova after hibernating for years.

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NASA finds that the earth has a new “mini moon”

The quasi-satellite technically orbits around the sun but dances around the earth in the process.

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Away from the city lights of the West, the night sky promises a dazzling celestial show

My love for the celestial wilderness persists. That desire has led me to pockets of the U.S. West far outside city lights where even novices can rediscover the Andromeda Galaxy and Jupiter's moons.

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Where's the Edge of the Universe?

The universe is expanding, but what's it expanding into? Nothing! Astrophysicist Paul Sutter explains this baffling concept, plus how the universe can expand but not have an edge.

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This comet looks like a sprinkler twirling through space

The Hubble recorded images as a jet burst off a comet as it made its way around the sun.

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How Fast Does Earth Move Through The Universe? - Forbes

According to relativity, there’s no universal frame of reference. But the Big Bang gave us one anyway.

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Photographer snaps thrilling space station image from his backyard - CNET

An amateur astrophotographer takes on the challenge of getting a stunning shot of the ISS and succeeds. It's all in the timing.

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Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS - The Washington Post

The BOSS is big. Really big. Yuuuuuge. It's an immense complex comprising more than 800 galaxies and weighing 10,000 times as much as the Milky Way.

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Pluto’s largest moon may have once had an ocean

Charon may have once had a subsurface ocean that has long since frozen and expanded, pushing out on the moon’s surface and causing it to stretch and fracture on a massive scale.

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Planet IX? Astronomers Find Solid Evidence Of New Planet Beyond Pluto

This week astronomers at Cal Tech announced that our solar system may in fact have nine planets (planet IX) after all, and no, it’s not about Pluto.

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40 Years Ago, Earth Beamed Its First Postcard to the Stars – Phenomena: No Place Like Home

Forty years ago, on Nov. 16, 1974, Earth beamed its first postcard to the stars. The message left our home planet on a warm and sticky day in Puerto Rico and has been flying through the galaxy at t…

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This Is the Largest Image of Space Ever Taken

That image above is just a sliver of a new 46 billion-pixel photo of the Milky Way. It is... vast, to say the least. Astronomers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany spent five years building this image, a composite of 268 individual images taken from the university's observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

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Say it ain't so: 6 Mars hoaxes you keep falling for

Every year in August, the same Mars message circulates across the Internet: The Red Planet will appear "as big as the full moon" in the sky, as seen with the naked eye. The problem is, it's not true: Skywatchers won't be able to see a "double moon" in the late August sky.

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Ancient Lake on Mars was Once A Sustainable Place For life, New Study Found

A team of scientists have discovered evidence of an ancient martian lake which may be the remnants of one of the last salty lakes on the Red Planet.

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New Horizons data hint at underground ocean

Pluto wears its heart on its sleeve, and that has scientists gleaning intriguing new facts about its geology and climate. Recent data from NASA's New Horizons probe—which passed within 7,800 miles of the surface on July 14—have revealed striking featu

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Pluto is stunning in latest color close-up from Nasa

Close-up images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft are combined with color data to paint a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet, Nasa said

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Famed Physicist Shuts Down Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists In 1 Brilliant Tweet

Monday was the 46th anniversary of the first lunar landing, yet a small fringe still believes the whole thing was a hoax. According to the conspiracy theory, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on a soundstage

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Why Pluto Will Remain a Dwarf Planet | Dejan Stojkovic

Ultimately, it does not matter whether Pluto is called a planet or not. People get together, exchange arguments, give new names to the things around them. But Pluto is whatever it is, and has not changed a bit since we demoted it into a dwarf planet.

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Latest New Horizons picture of Charon: oddly familiar

The New Horizons team released one more picture from Tuesday's encounter, one of three high-resolution images from a mosaic that crossed the center of Charon's disk, and it took me a while to figure out what it reminded me of.

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Pluto: Nasa's New Horizons probe makes flyby nine years after leaving Earth!

Nasa’s probe makes history on Tuesday as the first spacecraft ever to reach distant dwarf planet - the last unexplored world in solar system

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Nasa probe's early Pluto data shows dwarf planet larger than anticipated

New Horizon measurements reveal Pluto is roughly two-thirds the size of the moon, and probably holds more ice beneath its surface than previously thought

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Ask Ethan #96: Is the Multiverse science? — Starts With A Bang!

There are three things an idea must do to become a full-fledged scientific theory. How does the Multiverse stack up?

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Possible Signs of Alien Life on Comet: Philae Lander Detects Promising Features on Comet 67P - Yahoo

From Yahoo: Several features on a comet being explored by the European Space Agency's Philae lander indicate it could be home to alien life, according to two astronomers. While the comet has a black crust darkening much of its surface, astronomers have sp

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NASA finds glass on Mars, which could help the hunt for alien life

A NASA spacecraft has discovered glass on the surface of Mars for the first time, a finding that could help in the hunt for past Martian life.

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Astronomers Have Found Clear Link Between Black Holes And Galactic Merger

Astronomers have investigated the relationship between supermassive black holes that power radio-signal-emitting jets and the merger history of their host galaxies.

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We're One Step Closer to Understanding a Moon That Could Be Home to Alien Life

Finding life elsewhere would end our cosmic isolation: if there is life in our own planetary backyard, then life is probably common throughout the universe. These enticing possibilities are why my colleagues and I have spent 17 years developing a spacecra

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Hubble video shows shock collision inside black hole jet

When you're blasting though space at more than 98 percent of the speed of light, you may need driver's insurance. Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter. This discovery was made w

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First visible light detected directly from an exoplanet - physicsworld.com

New method can pick up extremely faint reflected light despite low signal-to-noise ratio

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Israeli Study Solves Mystery Of Moon's Origins | Environment News

Israeli researchers suggest the moon is much more similar to Earth than we thought, even though it was formed out of debris from planet Theia.

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What would happen if we actually found life on another planet

Since humans first observed other celestial bodies, we have wondered if we were alone in the universe. We’ve looked near, by sending a lander to the Moon and rovers to Mars, and we’re looking far, sending satellites on missions outside our solar system and analyzing the spectra of planets orbiting other stars in the “goldilocks zone.”

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8 of the Best Places to See the Night Sky in L.A. County

There are a few places closer at hand in L.A. County where the night skies are dark enough to make tilting your head upward worthwhile.

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‘Mind. Blown.’: Vox gets mocked for its 'splainer on the ginormity of space

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Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory - Yahoo News

From Yahoo News: By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. "Ba

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Rings Like Saturn’s, but Supersized | TIME

Think you've seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close.

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Pulsar Observed Wobbling Out Of Space Time - Vanishing Out Of Our Now

Pulsar Observed Wobbling Out Of Space Time - Vanishing Out Of Our Now - amazing astronomical event witnessed by scientists on Earth...

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Astronomers Find Evidence Of Two Undiscovered Planets In Our Solar System

The possibility of a planet lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system has gained new ground, based on the orbits of recently discovered objects. There is a new twist to the latest evidence, however, with suggestions of not one but two large planets

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Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Ancient meteorites reveal that our planet had plenty of water, right from the start.

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Viewing Guide: Watch Blood Moon During Total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday

A red-hued lunar eclipse will be visible across most of North America Wednesday morning.

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Mysterious feature on Saturn's moon baffles NASA scientists - The Week

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered a "mysterious feature" on Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists are working to determine, what, exactly, this feature might be.

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Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne - My Modern Met

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchant…

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Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37

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Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Surfers rejoice! Fresh waves are still out there to conquer—on Saturn’s moon Titan. There, astronomers report a first sighting of waves rolling on an alien sea.

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The Milky Way Galaxy, As Seen From a 747

On the right of this image is our home galaxy, the Milky Way. On the left, the wing of a Boeing 747. How, pray tell, does one acquire such a photograph?

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Astronomers Discover the "Mega Earth," an Entirely New Type of Planet

Meet the "Mega Earth." Described today by astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this ancient rocky world weighs 17 times as much as Earth — which is a big surprise considering that rocky, solid planets aren't supposed to get that huge.

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We've Finally Found Our Sun's Long-Lost Sister

For the first time ever, astronomers have identified a star that emerged from the same cloud of dust and gas as our own. Intriguingly, there's a