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Science and Astronomy

Rosetta Probe has successfully initiated orbit with Comet 67P

By On August 6, 2014

After 12 years the ESA Rosetta Probe has established a successful orbit around a giant boulder in space. This is an historic occasion, this is the first time humanity has made orbit with a Comet. It’s… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

ALMA Finds Double Star with Weird and Wild Planet-forming Discs

By On July 31, 2014

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

New mass map of a distant galaxy cluster is the most precise yet

By On July 28, 2014

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble’s Frontier Fields observing programme, the map shows… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

New observations reveal how stardust forms around a supernova

By On July 9, 2014

A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion. For the first time they show that these cosmic… Read More

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NASA

NASA Voyager 1 Spacecraft has officially entered interstellar space, new data confirms

By On July 8, 2014

New data has confirmed that NASA‘s Voyager 1 spacecraft has indeed entered into interstellar space. “All is not quiet around Voyager,” said Don Gurnett of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, the… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

NASA study: Ocean on Saturn’s Moon, Titan, could be as salty as the Dead Sea

By On July 3, 2014

Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Earth’s Dead Sea. The new results come from a… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

By On June 19, 2014

Astronomers have discovered strange and unexpected behaviour around the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548. The international team of researchers detected a clumpy gas stream flowing quickly… Read More

Science and Astronomy

Astronomers discover first Thorne-Żytkow object, a bizarre type of hybrid star

By On June 5, 2014

In a discovery decades in the making, scientists have detected the first of a “theoretical” class of stars first proposed in 1975 by physicist Kip Thorne and astronomer Anna Żytkow. Thorne-Żytkow objects… Read More

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Mars

Researchers calculate that heat from volcano erupting beneath glacier created habitable zone on Mars

By On June 1, 2014

Heat from a volcano erupting beneath an immense glacier would have created large lakes of liquid water on Mars in the relatively recent past. And where there’s water, there is also the… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

Magnetar partner found for first time.

By On May 14, 2014

Magnetars are the bizarre super-dense remnants of supernova explosions. They are the strongest magnets known in the Universe — millions of times more powerful than the strongest magnets on Earth. A team… Read More

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NASA on EARTH

NASA Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

By On May 12, 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of… Read More

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NASA has successfully created star dust at their Ames research facility

By On May 7, 2014

A team of scientists at NASA‘s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has successfully reproduced, right here on Earth, the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star… Read More

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Astronomy

Jupiter moon Ganymede may have multiple layers of oceans and ice

By On May 1, 2014

The largest moon in our solar system, a companion to Jupiter named Ganymede, might have ice and oceans stacked up in several layers like a club sandwich, according to new NASA-funded research… Read More

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Science and Astronomy

Length of Exoplanet Day Measured for First Time

By On April 30, 2014

Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have, for the first time, determined the rotation rate of an exoplanet. Beta Pictoris b has been found to have a day that lasts only… Read More

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NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

By On April 17, 2014

Using NASA‘s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool… Read More