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Astronomers Detect a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Posted May 6th, 2015 at 11:12 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy ever detected, gaining new insight into the early beginnings of our universe. Identified as EGS-zs8-1, the international team of astronomers measured its exact distance at 13 billion light years away from Earth. That means that light from the galaxy now reaching Earth was produced back when the universe […]

Astronomers Observe Exoplanet Temperatures Swinging Wildly

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 11:06 pm (UTC+0)
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For the first time ever, scientists in the United Kingdom detected temperature fluctuations on a super-Earth exoplanet – 55 Cancri e, the so-called “diamond planet.” Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to study the rocky exoplanet’s thermal radiation over a two-year period, researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the temperature on the side […]

Mercury’s Surface ‘Painted’ With Carbon from Comets

Posted March 30th, 2015 at 2:39 pm (UTC+0)
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A first glance, the planet Mercury looks a lot like our Moon, both gray and pockmarked with craters after being bombarded with meteorites and blasted by the solar wind over the millennia.  Some take the similarity further, referring to them as “twins.” The color of Mercury’s surface though is much darker than the moon, so […]

Science Scanner: Milky Way Bigger than Thought, Hydrothermal Activity on Saturn Moon, New Way to Fight Cavities & Gum Disease, Dwarf Galaxy Surprises Scientists

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 2:58 pm (UTC+0)
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Milky Way May Be Much Bigger than Thought Our galaxy, the Milky Way may be much bigger than previously thought, up to 50 light-years further across, say researchers. Researchers from the United States, China and the United Kingdom came to the conclusion after reviewing data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), an ongoing […]

The Best Science Images – February 2015

Posted March 2nd, 2015 at 6:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Extrasolar Object’s Ring System is 200 Times Larger Than Saturn’s

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 4:42 pm (UTC+0)
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One of our solar system’s most fascinating planets is Saturn.  It’s the 2nd largest planet, after Jupiter. But what makes Saturn stand out from the others is the dazzling system of rings that surround it. Recently, a Dutch and an American astronomer found that an extrasolar object, discovered back in 2012, is surrounded by a […]

Science Images of the Month – January, 2015

Posted January 30th, 2015 at 10:07 pm (UTC+0)
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Ground-Based Telescope Observes Exoplanet Transiting Bright Star

Posted December 1st, 2014 at 9:51 pm (UTC+0)
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For the first time, an international team of astronomers has used a ground-based telescope to detect and observe the transit of a planet in front of a Sun-like star outside of our own solar system. Until now, only space-based telescopes were capable of detecting the transits of exoplanets as they passed by bright stars. Distortions […]

3D Printer in Space, Antibiotic Laced Pesticides May Trigger Allergies, Milky Way a Member of the Laniakea Supercluster, Drink Responsibly Messages, Reducing E-Waste

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA Hopes 3D Printer Technology Will Prove Useful in Space Voyages NASA is taking its first step to see if it could someday create the first machine shop in outer space. On its resupply mission that should launch sometime after September 19th, the SpaceX-4 will be delivering the first 3D printer to fly in space […]

Rhythmic Light Pulses Help Astronomers Accurately Measure Medium Sized Black Hole

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 6:55 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers have calculated that there may be about 100 million black holes in the galaxy. And they mostly fall into two sizes… stellar and supermassive.  The size difference has to do with how much mass they contain versus that of our own sun or solar mass. For some time now, astronomers have also theorized that […]