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The Milky Way's supermassive black hole erupted with a violent flare just a few million years ago

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 04:00
Our galaxy's central black hole erupted relatively recently in Earth’s history, possibly when early human ancestors were roaming the planet.
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NASA is building its first electric airplane

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 04:00
The electric airplane could be a key step in eliminating carbon emissions in aviation.
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How the first exoplanets were discovered

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
In 1992, astronomers discovered the first exoplanet, or planet outside our solar system. But it didn’t come in any form they’d really anticipated.
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NASA’s ICON satellite to launch on Wednesday

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
The new orbiter will orbit in the ionosphere and study the interactions of Earth and space weather.
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Which galaxies are best suited for the evolution of alien life?

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
We know life can arise in the Milky Way. But alien life may have an easier time evolving in galaxies with more heavy elements and fewer cosmic catastrophes.
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Physics Nobel awarded for exoplanet and cosmological discoveries

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
The three new laureates discovered the first planet orbiting a solar-type star and improved our understanding of how the universe evolved.
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This lake on Mars was drying up 3.5 billion years ago

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover found evidence that a lake in Gale Crater evaporated billions of years ago, likely as a period of climate change hit the planet.
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How many astronauts have died in space?

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 04:00

There's no doubt space is an extremely dangerous place, but only a handful of space travelers have actually died there.

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How galaxies and their supermassive black holes grow together

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 04:00
New research shows the link between the stars a galaxy forms and the monster black hole snacking in its center is surprisingly stable.
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20 new moons discovered orbiting Saturn

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 04:00
Saturn now has 82 moons, knocking Jupiter down to second place in the moon count.
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Baby stars found twisting planet-forming disks into a pretzel

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 04:00

Thanks to this unprecedented look into the early lives of binary stars, researchers have gotten a glimpse into the complex formation of the most common stellar setup.

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The Sky This Week from October 4 to 13

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 04:00
A Full Moon rules the early evening sky at the end of this week, while Saturn dominates the telescopic realm as its shadow gives the ringed planet a distinct 3D look.
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NASA paying four companies to learn how to make fuel on the Moon

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 04:00
The space agency is dishing out almost $20 million to research creating rocket fuel from material found on the Moon and Mars.
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The Andromeda Galaxy has swallowed up multiple dwarf galaxies, study finds

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 04:00
Our neighborhood's largest galaxy may have recently enjoyed multiple all-you-can-eat buffets.
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Hundreds of rogue planets could be discovered with upcoming space telescopes

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 04:00
Wandering worlds that have been kicked out of their star systems are prime targets just waiting to be found.
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NASA poised for record breaking number of spacewalks

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 04:00
The first in a planned series of 10 spacewalks will kick off on October 6.
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Planet Nine may be a black hole the size of a baseball

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 04:00
A slew of oddly orbiting objects indicates a massive planet is hiding in the outer solar system. But one group of astronomers says it might be a tiny black hole instead.
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Five takeaways from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship update

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 04:00
The private rocket company laid out a handful of groundbreaking plans over the weekend.
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How long will the Hubble Space Telescope last?

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 04:00
Our premier space telescope is getting up there in years, but it could have many more left.
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Astronomers expect to discover many more interstellar objects

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 04:00
With the completion of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope just beyond the horizon, astronomers are expecting to soon spot many more visitors from other stars.
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