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Inside the Cosmodrome: Where Russia launches Americans into space

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:00
In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the rockets continue to launch on time.
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The sky this week for July 20 to 29

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:00
Don't miss out on Mars this week! The Red Planet shines brighter than it has at any point in the past 15 years.
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TRAPPIST-1 system might just have a shot at life

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:00
Simulations of the TRAPPIST-1 system show that its outermost planets may be able to retain their atmospheres for billions of years — a key requirement for habitability.
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Get Outside And See Mars At Its Brightest

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:00
It's been 15 years since the Red Planet was this close and this big. Set up your scope, and take advantage of Mars at opposition
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New detection method could quickly reveal exoplanets with Earth-like orbits

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 04:00

Instead of waiting three orbital periods to confirm an exoplanet, this technique requires just one transit.

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Jupiter’s Got Twelve New Moons — One is a Bit of a Problem Child

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:00
Jupiter’s family has really grown since Galileo first recorded its four largest moons in 1610. On Tuesday, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced the discovery of 10 new moons orbiting Jupiter. Along with two found through the same research project but announced in June 2017, this brings the roster of Jupiter’s known natural satellites to 79. One of these new moons turned out to be a bit of a rebel. Of the 12 latest moons to join Jupiter’s family, it’s a m
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Rare "equal mass" binary asteroid discovered near Earth

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00
The exceptional duo is one of only four ever detected.
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Cassini reveals the sounds of Saturn

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00
The ringed planet and its moon Enceladus have a lot to say to each other.
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The sky this week for July 13 to 22

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00
A meteor shower, a passing comet, and a slew of planets all make appearances in the sky this week.
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In a Rare Feat, Scientists Anticipate and Recover an Incoming Asteroid

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00
We have swarms of scientists searching the skies for space oddities, but it’s rare that they actually find one in the act of plunging to Earth. On June 23, a group of international geoscientists discovered a meteorite in Botswana that had been dwelling in space just weeks earlier. The fresh fragment broke off of asteroid 2018 LA as it plummeted to Earth on June 2, turning into a fiery meteor and exploding as it entered our atmosphere. Treasure Hunt The geoscientists spent five days combi
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A cosmic particle spewed from a distant galaxy strikes Earth

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 04:00
The rare detection of a high-energy neutrino hints at how these strange particles are created.
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Blazars explained

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 04:00
What is it like to stare down the barrel of a black hole?
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New data reveals details of Ross 128 b — the second closest temperate planet

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 04:00

To shed light on its composition and structure, researchers dissect the chemical makeup of its host star.

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The fate of giant planets depends on where they grow up

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:00
The more crowded and chaotic their initial environment, the more likely they are to move out.
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The Seven Best Travel Spots In Our Solar System – And How To Die There

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:00
In the why-aren’t-you-watching-this television show The Expanse, humanity has spread out into the solar system. Mars and Earth stand as bitter rivals, with Ceres settlers somewhere in between. A few companies even have settlers in the outer regions of the solar system. You wouldn’t necessarily want to live in the world of The Expanse, as fantastic as it is. Yet the show still plays to the dreams of those of us who long to wander the final frontier. However, the reality of what await
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Using Sunlight To Make Spaceship Fuel And Breathable Air

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:00
Spaceflight is like backpacking. If you can’t restock supplies like food and water along the way, how far you can travel is limited by how much you can carry. And in space, you also have to worry about having enough fuel for your spacecraft and breathable air for your crew. That’s why some researchers are looking toward technology that they call artificial photosynthesis — a way of harnessing the sun’s light to generate fuel and breathable air for longer missions. This s
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Astronomers Discover the Brightest Early Galaxy Ever

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 04:00
At 13 billion years old, the galaxy comes from a key cosmological era.
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The sky this week for July 6 to 15

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 04:00
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower ramps up, Mars remains a stunning sight, and Pluto makes its best appearance of 2018, all in the sky this week.
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Making scents of outer space

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 04:00
Nina Lanza expected Antarctica to be cold. After all, she and her seven fellow meteorite hunters weren’t allowed to board their transport in New Zealand until they’d proved they’d packed all the necessary gear. And she’d been warned about the endless daylight at their location smack dab in between McMurdo Station and the South Pole. But, as she says, “People try to tell you what it’s like, but it’s hard to describe because it’s so different from yo
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Einstein Right Again: Even the Heaviest Objects Fall the Same Way

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 04:00
Albert Einstein’s been having quite a few weeks! First his “imaginary elevator” thought experiment was confirmed with unprecedented precision, then his theory of relativity was shown to create gravitational lenses as expected even in other galaxies. And today, we learn that a central tenet of relativity still holds even at gravitational extremes. It’s no annus mirabilis, but it ain’t bad. Today’s news, which appears in the journal Nature, concerns the equival
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