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 2018-09-21 18:00 

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Inside the Crust of Neutron Stars, There's Nuclear Pasta; the Hardest Known Substance in the Universe...

A new study has shown that "nuclear pasta", which exists beneath crust of a neutron star, is the strongest material is the Universe. The post Inside the Crust of Neutron Stars, There's Nuclear Pasta; the Hardest Known Substance in the Universe...

 2018-09-20 18:23 

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Ice Volcanoes on Ceres are Still Actively Blasting out Material...

In science, one discovery often leads to more questions and mysteries. That's certainly true of the ice volcanoes on the dwarf planet Ceres. When the Dawn spacecraft discovered the massive cryovolcano called Ahuna Mons on the surface of Ceres, it led ...

 2018-09-20 17:35 

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Narrowing Down the Mass of the Milky Way...

Using information from Gaia's second data release, a team of scientists have made refined measurements of the mass of the Milky Way. The post Narrowing Down the Mass of the Milky Way appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-20 04:09 

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Last Year's Gravitational Wave Detections Failed to Provide a Hint of Any Extra Spatial Dimensions...

In a new study, astrophysicists used the gravitational waves from last year's kilonova event to determine if the Universe has additional dimensions. The post Last Year's Gravitational Wave Detections Failed to Provide a Hint of Any Extra Spatial D...

 2018-09-19 20:57 

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Carnival of Space #579...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #579 And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a space-related b...

 2018-09-19 19:57 

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How to Know Once and For All if the Universe Began With a Bang or a Bounce...

In a recent study, a team of Harvard University scientists presented a new means of ruling out alternative explanations for how our Universe began. The post How to Know Once and For All if the Universe Began With a Bang or a Bounce appeared first on Unive...

 2018-09-19 16:00 

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Heralding the 2018 Harvest Moon...

Following the Moon lately? The up and coming Full Moon is the most famous of them all, as we approach the Harvest Moon for 2018. The post Heralding the 2018 Harvest Moon appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-18 20:05 

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Elon Musk Reveals who the First Lunar Tourist Will Be...

From SpaceX's headquarters in California, Elon Musk announced who will be the first lunar tourist to hitch a ride aboard the company's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) The post Elon Musk Reveals who the First Lunar Tourist Will Be appeared first on Univers...

 2018-09-18 17:28 

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To Avoid Vision Problems in Space, Astronauts Will Need Some Kind of Artificial Gravity...

A new study by an international team of researchers has indicated the need for artificial gravity to mitigate the effects of microgravity on astronauts' eyesight. The post To Avoid Vision Problems in Space, Astronauts Will Need Some Kind of Artificial...

 2018-09-16 21:45 

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The Closest Planet Ever Discovered Outside the Solar System Could be Habitable With a Dayside Ocean...

A new NASA-led study shows that Proxima b could support the existence of an ocean on its dayside, which means it could still be habitable. The post The Closest Planet Ever Discovered Outside the Solar System Could be Habitable With a Dayside Ocean appeare...

 2018-09-16 21:43 

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Sunspot Solar Observatory has been Shut Down by the FBI and Nobody's Saying Why...

The Sunspot Solar Observatory has been temporarily shut down and evacuated due to a security threat. The post Sunspot Solar Observatory has been Shut Down by the FBI and Nobody's Saying Why appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-14 21:13 

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New Video Shows Construction Beginning on the World's Largest Telescope...

A new video released by the ESO illustrates the construction of the Extremely Large Telescope, which will be the world's largest telescope once it is completed. The post New Video Shows Construction Beginning on the World's Largest Telescope appea...

 2018-09-14 18:22 

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India Shows off the Spacesuit its Astronauts Will be Using in 2022...

At the recent Bengaluru Space Expo in India, the ISRO unveiled the spacesuit that it's astronauts will wear during the countries first crewed mission to space. The post India Shows off the Spacesuit its Astronauts Will be Using in 2022 appeared first ...

 2018-09-14 18:22 

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India Shows off the Spacesuit its Astronauts Will be Using in 2022...

At the recent Bengaluru Space Expo in India, the ISRO unveiled the spacesuit that it's astronauts will wear during the countries first crewed mission to space. The post India Shows off the Spacesuit its Astronauts Will be Using in 2022 appeared first ...

 2018-09-14 16:55 

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Until We Get Another Mission at Saturn, We're Going to Have to Make Do with these Pictures Taken by Hubble...

A new Hubble image of Saturn and six of its Moons reminds us how visually stunning Saturn is. The post Until We Get Another Mission at Saturn, We're Going to Have to Make Do with these Pictures Taken by Hubble appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-13 21:31 

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Was This Huge River Delta on Mars the Place Where its Oceans Finally Disappeared?...

A new study has offered the first definitive proof that Mars' northern lowlands were once covered in a liquid water ocean. The post Was This Huge River Delta on Mars the Place Where its Oceans Finally Disappeared? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-13 19:25 

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Stare Down from Space into the Churning Maw of Hurricane Florence...

Frightening images of Hurricane Florence taken from space highlight the dangerous power of the storm. The post Stare Down from Space into the Churning Maw of Hurricane Florence appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-12 23:45 

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This Beautiful Photo of Galaxy NGC 3981 was Taken by the Most Powerful Telescope in the World for no Scientific Reason at all. Just Because it's Pretty...

When the ESO's Very Large Telescope can't pursue its science objectives, it spends its time capturing stunning image of fascinating celestial objects. The post This Beautiful Photo of Galaxy NGC 3981 was Taken by the Most Powerful Telescope in the...

 2018-09-12 20:12 

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Superfast Jet of Material Blasted Out From Last Year's Neutron Star Merger...

According to a new study by an international team of astronomers, last year's kilonova event (where two neutron stars merged) resulted in a jet of material traveling at close to the speed of light. The post Superfast Jet of Material Blasted Out From L...

 2018-09-12 18:17 

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The Bizarre Picture is a 360-Degree View Around Curiosity on Mars...

NASA recently released a 360-degree panoramic image based on images taken by the Curiosity rover, which showed its latest drilling site. The post The Bizarre Picture is a 360-Degree View Around Curiosity on Mars appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-11 18:42 

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A Mission to Deflect an Asteroid Just Moved into the Final Design and Assembly Phase...

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission, which will attempt to deflect a small asteroid in 2022, recently moved into the final phase of design and assembly. The post A Mission to Deflect an Asteroid Just Moved into the Final Design and Assembl...

 2018-09-10 19:46 

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 499: What is the proposed Hubble-Lemaitre Law?...

We started out Astronomy Cast with the controversal decision to de-planet Pluto. And here we are, more than a decade later, at the brink of recording our 500th episode when another big decision is coming down from the IAU: whose name goes on the concept t...

 2018-09-10 19:26 

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A Japanese Company is About to Test a Tiny Space Elevator... in Space...

A team of Japanese engineers recently constructed a scale-model of a space elevator, which will be sent to the ISS to conduct experiments that could lead to the real thing someday! The post A Japanese Company is About to Test a Tiny Space Elevator... in S...

 2018-09-09 20:26 

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New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet After All...

A new study, which was co-authored by Alan Stern, provides more reasons for why Pluto should be considered a planet. The post New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet After All appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-08 19:22 

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What is the Cosmic Microwave Background?...

For thousands of years, human being have been contemplating the Universe and seeking to determine its true extent. And whereas ancient philosophers believed that the world consisted of a disk, a ziggurat or a cube surrounded by celestial oceans or some ki...

 2018-09-07 20:09 

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Japanese Startup is Working on a Reusable Rocketplane to Carry Passengers to Space, as Early as 2023...

The Japanese startup PD Aerospace is developing a reusable space plane that will use a combination of jet engines and a rocket motor to take customers to space by as early as 2023. The post Japanese Startup is Working on a Reusable Rocketplane to Carry Pa...

 2018-09-07 18:29 

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Cassini Data Has Revealed a Towering Hexagonal Storm at Saturn's Northern Pole...

Data from the Cassini mission has revealed a massive hexagonal shaped storm high in the stratosphere of Saturn's north pole. The post Cassini Data Has Revealed a Towering Hexagonal Storm at Saturn's Northern Pole appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-06 23:06 

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This is the Exact Spot that ESA's SMART-1 Crashed Into the Moon in 2006...

Thanks to images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it is now known exactly where the ESA's SMART-1 mission landed on the Moon. The post This is the Exact Spot that ESA's SMART-1 Crashed Into the Moon in 2006 appeared first on Universe Tod...

 2018-09-06 13:31 

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Exploring the Ice Giants: Neptune and Uranus at Opposition for 2018...

Have you seen all of the planets for yourself? This week is a good time to check off the most difficult of the major planets off of your life list, as Neptune reaches opposition for 2018 on Friday, September 7th at at ~18:00 Universal Time (UT)/2:00 PM ED...

 2018-09-05 20:24 

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Europan Space Whales Anyone? Planets Covered by Deep Oceans Can Still Have Life on Them...

According to a new study by a pair of researchers, planets covered in deep oceans (aka. "water worlds") may be more habitable than previously thought The post Europan Space Whales Anyone? Planets Covered by Deep Oceans Can Still Have Life on Them ...

 2018-09-05 18:18 

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Forming Dense Metal Planets like Mercury is Probably Pretty Difficult and Rare in the Universe...

A new study by a team of Swiss astronomers indicates that Mercury-like planets, which have a high iron-to-rock ration, are probably a rare thing the Universe. The post Forming Dense Metal Planets like Mercury is Probably Pretty Difficult and Rare in the U...

 2018-09-05 17:04 

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Estimating When Life Could Have Arisen on Earth...

A new study by a team of Canadian researchers places new constraints on when life first emerged on Earth, which could implications for the study of exoplanets someday. The post Estimating When Life Could Have Arisen on Earth appeared first on Universe Tod...

 2018-09-04 17:28 

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Carnival of Space #577...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Zain Husain at the Brownspaceman.com blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #577. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got ...

 2018-09-04 00:38 

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Out its New Advanced Ion Engine System...

In partnership with NASA, Aerodyne Rocketdyne recently conducted a successful test of their new Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) ion engine. The post Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Out its New Advanced Ion Engine System appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-09-02 21:28 

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How the Next Generation of Ground-Based Super-Telescopes will Directly Observe Exoplanets...

According to a new study by an international team of scientists, astronomers will be able to directly observe exoplanets using next-generation telescopes. The post How the Next Generation of Ground-Based Super-Telescopes will Directly Observe Exoplanets a...

 2018-08-31 19:14 

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Telescope Pierces into One of the Biggest Nebulae in the Milky Way to Reveal its Newly Forming (and Nearly Dying) Stars...

A recent survey conducted using the ESO's VISTA telescope revealed newly-formed stars and stars nearing their death in the Carina Nebula. The post Telescope Pierces into One of the Biggest Nebulae in the Milky Way to Reveal its Newly Forming (and Near...

 2018-08-31 18:01 

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This is the Habitat in Hawaii Helping Astronauts Preparing to Explore Mars...

The NASA-funded Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Hi-SEAS) program is preparing astronauts for long-term missions to Mars, which could include a lot of cave exploring! The post This is the Habitat in Hawaii Helping Astronauts Preparing ...

 2018-08-30 20:40 

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Carnival of Space #576...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #576 And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a sp...

 2018-08-30 17:36 

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Another Juno Flyby, Another Amazing Sequence of Images of Jupiter...

With its latest flyby of Jupiter, the Juno mission took more pictures with its JunoCam, which citizen scientists have once again processed to create a breathtaking image of the planet's atmosphere. The post Another Juno Flyby, Another Amazing Sequence...

 2018-08-29 19:26 

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New Horizons Sees its Next Target for the First Time: Ultima Thule. Flyby Happens January 1, 2019...

Earlier this month, the New Horizons team managed to capture the first images of Ultima Thule, the Kuiper Belt Object that it will rendezvous on Jan. 1st, 2019 The post New Horizons Sees its Next Target for the First Time: Ultima Thule. Flyby Happens Janu...

 2018-08-29 17:52 

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Construction on the Orion Capsule is Done. Next it'll be Sent to Florida for Final Assembly...

The Orion space capsule that will send astronauts on a flyby of the Moon just arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for final assembly. The post Construction on the Orion Capsule is Done. Next it'll be Sent to Florida for Final Assembly appeared first o...

 2018-08-29 17:52 

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Construction on the Orion Capsule is Done. Next it'll be Sent to Florida for Final Assembly...

The Orion space capsule that will send astronauts on a flyby of the Moon just arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for final assembly. The post Construction on the Orion Capsule is Done. Next it'll be Sent to Florida for Final Assembly appeared first o...

 2018-08-29 17:52 

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Are We Witnessing the Start of Solar Cycle 25?...

What's up with the Sun? As we've said previous, what the Sun isn't doing is the big news of 2018 in solar astronomy. Now, the Sun sent us another curve ball, with the strange tale of growing sunspot AR 2720. The post Are We Witnessing the Star...

 2018-08-28 21:06 

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Hayabusa's Target Itokawa Formed 4.6 Billion Years Ago, But Then it Was Smashed Up About 1.5 Billion Years Ago...

According to new research by a team of Japanese researchers, samples from the Itokawa asteroid provide new clues to the asteroid's evolutionary timeline. The post Hayabusa's Target Itokawa Formed 4.6 Billion Years Ago, But Then it Was Smashed Up A...

 2018-08-28 18:02 

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Look at all the Aerosols Pushed into the Atmosphere, from Fires, Volcanoes and Pollution. Even Sea Salt Thrown into the Air from Hurricanes...

Using the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP) model, NASA recently released a visualization that showed all the aerosols that existed in our atmosphere on a single day. The post Look at all the Aerosols Pushed into the Atmosphere, ...

 2018-08-27 17:56 

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This is a 3D map of 400,000 Hot Massive Stars Located Within 10,000 Light-Years From the Sun, Thanks to Gaia!...

The latest gem to come from the second release of Gaia data is a 3D map that shows the positions of 400,000 stars within 10,000 light years. The post This is a 3D map of 400,000 Hot Massive Stars Located Within 10,000 Light-Years From the Sun, Thanks to G...

 2018-08-26 19:23 

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We're in the Milky Way's Second Life. Star Formation was Shut Down for Billions of Years...

According to a new study, the Milky Way Galaxy experienced two periods of star formation, with a two-billion dormancy period in between. The post We're in the Milky Way's Second Life. Star Formation was Shut Down for Billions of Years appeared fir...

 2018-08-24 18:33 

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There are so Many Water-Worlds Out There...

According to new research that was presented at the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference, "water worlds" may be more common than previously thought. The post There are so Many Water-Worlds Out There appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-08-23 21:30 

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Dust off Your Lunar Colony Plans. There's Definitely Ice at the Moon's Poles....

A team of American scientists have found the first definitive evidence of water on the Moon, which makes plans for a lunar base that much more feasible! The post Dust off Your Lunar Colony Plans. There's Definitely Ice at the Moon's Poles. appeare...

 2018-08-23 13:36 

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Cosmic Watch Review: A Unique Perspective on the Night Sky...

Watching the heavens on a nightly, or even casual basis? The web and modern technology has certainly altered the landscape of modern astronomy, (mostly) for the better. Once, we all huddled around cardboard planispheres, illuminated by red flashlights; no...

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