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 2018-06-22 18:56 

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Strange Landscapes on Mars were Created by Explosive Volcanoes...

According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University, Mars' Medusa Fossae region was created by volcanic activity, a finding which has serious implications for the planet's past habitability. The post Strange Landscapes on Mars were Created by E...

 2018-06-21 22:22 

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New Model Predicts That We're Probably the Only Advanced Civilization in the Observable Universe...

According to a new study by three famed scientists, the Fermi Paradox may have a simple resolution - humanity is the only intelligent species in our galaxy! The post New Model Predicts That We're Probably the Only Advanced Civilization in the Observab...

 2018-06-21 00:41 

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How an Advanced Civilization Could Stop Dark Energy From Preventing Their Future Exploration...

In a new study, an astrophysicist proposed how an advanced civilization might survive the inevitable expansion of the Universe, and how me might search for them. The post How an Advanced Civilization Could Stop Dark Energy From Preventing Their Future Exp...

 2018-06-20 16:37 

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Weekly Space Hangout: June 20, 2018: Dr. Jillian Scudder's Astroquizzical...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-06-20 03:46 

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Could Cyanobacteria Help to Terraform Mars?...

A team of international scientists recently conducted a study that indicates that cyanobacteria can conduct photosynthesis in low-light conditions, which has implications for plans to terraform Mars. The post Could Cyanobacteria Help to Terraform Mars? ap...

 2018-06-17 17:36 

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Ceres Has Even More Organic Molecules on it Than Previously Thought...

According to a new study from Brown University, it appears Ceres has more organic molecules on its surface than previously thought The post Ceres Has Even More Organic Molecules on it Than Previously Thought appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-06-15 19:07 

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A Meteoroid Smashed Into the Side of a Crater on Mars and Then Started a Landslide...

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) recently captured an image of an impact crater on Mars that triggered an avalanche that left behind a dark streak. The post A Meteoroid Smashed Into the Side of a Crater on Mars and Then Started a Landslide appeared f...

 2018-06-15 17:15 

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The Black Hole Ultimate Solar System: a Supermassive Black Hole, 9 Stars and 550 Planets...

Physicist Dr. Sean Raymond recently created a hypothetical system where 550 planets and 9 Suns orbit around a central black hole, with fascinating results! The post The Black Hole Ultimate Solar System: a Supermassive Black Hole, 9 Stars and 550 Planets a...

 2018-06-14 17:41 

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What's the Minimum Number of People you Should Send in a Generational Ship to Proxima Centauri?...

In a series of new studies, a pair of French researchers tackle the question of how many people would need to be sent on an interstellar journey to ensure that a healthy crew arrives. The post What's the Minimum Number of People you Should Send in a G...

 2018-06-13 23:34 

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One Way to Find Aliens Would be to Search for Artificial Rings of Satellites: Clarke Belts...

In a new study, astrophysicist Hector Socas-Navarro proposes searching for aliens by looking for signs of dense satellite rings around planets - aka. Clarke Belts. The post One Way to Find Aliens Would be to Search for Artificial Rings of Satellites: Clar...

 2018-06-13 22:15 

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What Comes After James Webb and WFIRST? Four Amazing Future Space Telescopes...

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for 28 years, producing some of the most beautiful and scientifically important images of the cosmos that humanity has ever taken. But let's face it, Hubble is getting old, and it probably won't be with...

 2018-06-13 12:11 

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Weekly Space Hangout: June 13, 2018: Stella Kafka, Director of the AAVSO...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-06-12 20:42 

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A Powerful Dust Storm Has Darkened the Skies Over Opportunity on Mars...

A massive Martian dust storm has settled in over the Opportunity rover's location in the Perseverance Valley, which could pose a danger to this rover's continuing mission. The post A Powerful Dust Storm Has Darkened the Skies Over Opportunity on M...

 2018-06-12 18:44 

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It Might Not be Planet 9 Causing Disruptions in the Kuiper Belt, Just the Collective Gravity of Everything Out There...

According to a new study by a team from CU Boulder, Planet 9 may not be necessary to explain the odd behavior of objects in the Kuiper Belt The post It Might Not be Planet 9 Causing Disruptions in the Kuiper Belt, Just the Collective Gravity of Everything...

 2018-06-12 16:56 

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 490: What's New with Supernovae...

Time for another update, this time we're going to look at what's new with supernovae. And once again, we've got good news, lots of new stuff to report. We usually record Astronomy Cast every Friday at 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST / 20:00 PM UTC....

 2018-06-11 17:48 

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Does Climate Change Explain Why We Don't See Any Aliens Out There?...

Addressing the Fermi Paradox, a team of researchers recently conducted a study predicts whether or not Climate Change may be what determines the fate of civilizations. The post Does Climate Change Explain Why We Don't See Any Aliens Out There? appeare...

 2018-06-11 16:50 

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Carnival of Space #565...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #565. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've go...

 2018-06-10 20:37 

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There are Strange Objects Near the Center of the Galaxy. They Look Like Gas, but Behave Like Stars...

Using 12 years of data from the W.M. Keck Observatory, a team of astronomers discovered mystery objects near the center of the galaxy that could be "puffy" stars The post There are Strange Objects Near the Center of the Galaxy. They Look Like Gas,...

 2018-06-08 19:42 

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And NASA's Big Announcement is: Ancient Organic Molecules Found on Mars!...

Ever since Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, the rover has made numerous groundbreaking discoveries about the Red Planet. These include confirming how Mars once had flowing water and lakes on its surface, evidence of how it lost its ancient atmosphere, an...

 2018-06-08 02:39 

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Chandra Observatory Checks to Make Sure Alpha Centauri is Safe, You Know, in Case We Decide to Visit...

At distance of just 4.367 light years, the triple star system of Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri A+B and Proxima Centauri) is the closest star system to our own. In 2016, researchers from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of Proxima...

 2018-06-07 18:01 

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Breakthrough Starshot is Now Looking for the Companies to Build its Laser-Powered Solar Sails to Other Stars...

In 2015, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner established Breakthrough Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). In April of the following year, he and the organization be founded announc...

 2018-06-06 19:14 

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Are There Enough Chemicals on Icy Worlds to Support Life?...

A new study by researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics indicates that the chemicals necessary for life as we know it might be limited on Europa and other "ocean worlds". The post Are There Enough Chemicals on Icy Worlds to...

 2018-06-06 14:35 

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Astro Challenge: Spotting 4 Vesta at its Best for Decades...

Up for a challenge? Planetary action is certainly heating up this summer: Jupiter passed opposition last month, Saturn does so in June, and Mars reaches favorable viewing next month. And with dazzling Venus in the west and Mercury to joining it starting i...

 2018-06-06 12:52 

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Weekly Space Hangout: June 6, 2018: Stars Shine for Everyone: Jean-Pierre Grootaerd & Guy Wauters...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-06-06 03:14 

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Globular Clusters Might not be as Old as Astronomers Thought. Like, Billions of Years Younger...

According to a new study by a team of astronomers, globular clusters are several billion years younger than previously thought. The post Globular Clusters Might not be as Old as Astronomers Thought. Like, Billions of Years Younger appeared first on Univer...

 2018-06-05 20:36 

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Language in the Cosmos II: Hello There GJ273b...

The 'Language in the Cosmos' symposium Three times in October, 2017 researchers turned a powerful radar telescope near Troms, Norway towards an invisibly faint star in the constellation Canis Minor (the small dog) and beamed a coded message into s...

 2018-06-05 19:47 

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Join Fraser and Dr. Paul Sutter to Tour Costa Rica in March, 2019...

Got any holiday plans in March, 2019? Why don't you join me and Dr. Paul Sutter for a trip to Costa Rica. I've been to Costa Rica once before, and I was amazed by the amount of wildlife and biodiversity of this amazing country I can't wait to ...

 2018-06-05 19:14 

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Here's the First Image From NOAA's New Weather Satellite...

The NOAA's GOES-17 satellite, a second-generation Earth-observing satellite, recently released its "first light" pictures of Earth. The post Here's the First Image From NOAA's New Weather Satellite appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-06-05 18:21 

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An Asteroid was Discovered Just Hours Before it Exploded over Africa...

A tiny crashed exploded above the skies of Africa on Saturday, June 2nd. It turns out, it had been discovered just hours before impact. The post An Asteroid was Discovered Just Hours Before it Exploded over Africa appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-06-05 18:06 

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Okay, Last Year's Kilonova Did Probably Create a Black Hole...

The kilonova event that took place last year, where two neutron stars merged, is now believed to have formed a black hole. The post Okay, Last Year's Kilonova Did Probably Create a Black Hole appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-06-05 16:01 

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Carnival of Space #564...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his NextBigCoins blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #564 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...

 2018-06-04 22:28 

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Pluto has "Sand Dunes", but Instead of Sand, it's Grains of Frozen Methane...

After reviewing data from the New Horizons mission, an international team of scientists determined that Pluto has dunes made of grains of methane The post Pluto has "Sand Dunes", but Instead of Sand, it's Grains of Frozen Methane appeared firs...

 2018-06-04 18:29 

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Language in the Cosmos I: Is Universal Grammar Really Universal?...

Is there any way we can hope to communicate with aliens? Will they have a concept of language as we understand it, or something even more alien? The post Language in the Cosmos I: Is Universal Grammar Really Universal? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-06-02 20:57 

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Engineers Propose a Rocket that Consumes Itself as it Flies to Space...

A team of engineers from the University of Glasgow and the Ukraine have proposed a self-eating rocket as a way to cut the costs of individual launches. The post Engineers Propose a Rocket that Consumes Itself as it Flies to Space appeared first on Univers...

 2018-06-02 05:46 

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Clearly a Fan. Jeff Bezos Himself Announced that Amazon was Picking up The Expanse...

At this year's National Space Society's International Space Development Conference, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon Prime would be picking up The Expanse. The post Clearly a Fan. Jeff Bezos Himself Announced that Amazon was Picking up The Expanse...

 2018-06-01 16:53 

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Weekly Space Hangout: May 30, 2018: Skylias Science Communicating on Twitch!...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Special Gues...

 2018-05-31 20:32 

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What are the Chances that the Next Generation LSST Could Find New Planets in the Solar System?...

In a new study led by the Lowell Observatory, a team of researchers indicate how the next-generation Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) could find the elusive Planet 9 (Planet X) The post What are the Chances that the Next Generation LSST Could Find N...

 2018-05-31 18:56 

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This is What Happens When a Black Hole Gobbles up a Star...

An international team of scientists recently created a unified model that shows what happens when stars are consumed by a Supermassive Black Hole. The post This is What Happens When a Black Hole Gobbles up a Star appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-05-31 15:06 

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Planets on Parade: Saturn at Opposition 2018...

We're in the midst of a parade of planets crossing the evening sky. Jupiter reached opposition on May 9th, and sits high to the east at dusk. Mars heads towards a fine opposition on July 27th, nearly as favorable as the historic opposition of 2003. An...

 2018-05-30 19:53 

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Carnival of Space #563...

It's that time again! This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #563. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals o...

 2018-05-30 19:52 

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Virgin Galactic Performs the Second Test of VSS Unity, Reaching Mach 1.9...

Virgin Galactic recently conducted its second successful powered test flight of the VSS Unity, bringing the company one step closer to its goal of space tourism. The post Virgin Galactic Performs the Second Test of VSS Unity, Reaching Mach 1.9 appeared fi...

 2018-05-29 22:04 

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Here's What Really Happened to That Camera That Melted During a Rocket Launch...

Footage obtained from Bill Ingall's melted camera shows exactly how flames triggered by the launch it was covering consumed the camera The post Here's What Really Happened to That Camera That Melted During a Rocket Launch appeared first on Univers...

 2018-05-29 19:48 

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Astronomers Observe a Pulsar 6500 Light-Years From Earth and See Two Separate Flares Coming off its Surface...

A team of Canadian astronomers viewed an eclipsing binary pulsar and used the gas as an "interstellar lens" to capture the most high-resolution observations of a pulsar ever. The post Astronomers Observe a Pulsar 6500 Light-Years From Earth and Se...

 2018-05-29 18:29 

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Pluto is What You Get When a Billion Comets Smash Together...

A new study conducted by researchers from the Southwest Research Institute indicates that Pluto could have formed from a billion comets The post Pluto is What You Get When a Billion Comets Smash Together appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-05-28 21:45 

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Come Vote and Turn this SpaceX LEGO Set into a Reality...

Remember the really cool Saturn V rocket set released by LEGO last year? Want to help set the direction for the next space-related LEGO set that should get built? Well then, check out SpaceX: The Ultimate Collection. This is a proposed LEGO set designed b...

 2018-05-25 19:34 

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Two Spacecraft Will Get Closer to the Sun Than Ever Before...

Two upcoming missions - NASA's Parker Solar Probe and the ESA's Solar Orbiter - will get closer to the Sun than ever before in the hopes of unlocking its secrets. The post Two Spacecraft Will Get Closer to the Sun Than Ever Before appeared first o...

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