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 2018-01-16 21:28 

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China Has a Plan to Clean Up Space Junk with Lasers...

A new study by a team of Chinese researchers considers whether a space-based laser station would be a good way to remove space junk The post China Has a Plan to Clean Up Space Junk with Lasers appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-01-16 20:03 

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Lava Tube Openings Found Near the Moon's North Pole...

A series of possibly "skylights" have been spotted in the Moon's norther polar region, offering possibilities for future exploration and maybe even a lunar base someday. The post Lava Tube Openings Found Near the Moon's North Pole appeared...

 2018-01-13 23:25 

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Huge Sheets of Ice Found Hidden Just Beneath the Surface of Mars...

A recent study based on data from multiple orbiters indicates that Mars has multiple sheets of subsurface ice, and they run deep! The post Huge Sheets of Ice Found Hidden Just Beneath the Surface of Mars appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-01-13 03:58 

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Astronomers Figure Out How Black Holes Can Blast Out Relativistic Jets of Material Across Light Years of Space...

Thanks to a recent study by an international team of researchers, scientists now know why rapidly-spinning black holes blast out jets of charged particles. The post Astronomers Figure Out How Black Holes Can Blast Out Relativistic Jets of Material Across ...

 2018-01-12 21:18 

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China Says it Still has Control Over Tiangong-1 and Can Decide Where It'll Crash...

According to a recent statement by a top engineer from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China is still in control of the Tiangong-1 space station. The post China Says it Still has Control Over Tiangong-1 and Can Decide Where It'...

 2018-01-11 21:25 

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Carnival of Space #543...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Gadi Eidelheit at his The Venus Transit blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #543. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've g...

 2018-01-11 03:35 

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I Didn't Realize the Scale of Their Rocket Program. China is Planning More than 40 Space Launches in 2018...

The Chinese National Space Administration is going to have a busy year, with more than 40 launches to space scheduled for 2018 The post I Didn't Realize the Scale of Their Rocket Program. China is Planning More than 40 Space Launches in 2018 appeared ...

 2018-01-11 01:03 

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Weekly Space Hangout Jan 10, 2018: Tim Dodd, Everyday Astronaut...

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...

 2018-01-10 19:15 

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The Ozone Hole is Definitely Recovering...

According to recent study by a team of NASA scientists, ozone depletion around the south pole has decreased by 20 percent in the past 12 years. The post The Ozone Hole is Definitely Recovering appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-01-10 15:00 

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The Night Sky Magic of the Atacama...

There's nothing an astronomer whether professional or amateur loves more than a clear dark night sky away from the city lights. Outside the glare and glow and cloud cover that most of us experience every day, the night sky comes alive with a life of i...

 2018-01-08 20:48 

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This is the Year Internet From Space Gets Really Serious...

This year, a number of companies will begin deploying constellations of internet satellites to space with the intent of providing global internet The post This is the Year Internet From Space Gets Really Serious appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-01-05 21:10 

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The Gaia Mission Could Moonlight as a Gravitational Wave Detector...

A team of astronomers from the University of Cambridge recently showed how the Gaia mission could also help in the search for gravitational waves. The post The Gaia Mission Could Moonlight as a Gravitational Wave Detector appeared first on Universe Today ...

 2018-01-04 22:04 

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Upcoming Chinese Lander Will Carry Insects and Plants to the Surface of the Moon...

This year, China's Chang'e 4 mission will head to the far side of the Moon to study the local geology and the effects of lunar gravity on insects and plants. The post Upcoming Chinese Lander Will Carry Insects and Plants to the Surface of the Moon...

 2018-01-04 20:05 

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Here's the Earth and Moon Seen from OSIRIS-REx...

As it makes its way towards the asteroid Bennu, the OSIRIS-REx mission continues to provide us with breathtaking images of our planet. The post Here's the Earth and Moon Seen from OSIRIS-REx appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-01-03 22:22 

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You Knew This Day Was Coming. Alien Megastructures Ruled Out for Tabby's Star. Dust is the Culprit...

A new study from Tabetha Boyajian and a team of over 100 astronomers has ruled out the possibility of an alien megastructure around "Tabby's Star". The post You Knew This Day Was Coming. Alien Megastructures Ruled Out for Tabby's Star. Dus...

 2018-01-03 20:00 

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In mid-March, the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station is Going to Come Crashing Back Down to Earth... Somewhere...

According to the latest predictions, China's Tiangong-1 space station is going to come crashing to Earth in March - but residents of Earth need not worry! The post In mid-March, the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station is Going to Come Crashing Back Down ...

 2018-01-03 18:37 

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Weekly Space Hangout Jan 3, 2018: Dr. Jeyhan Kartaltepe of the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey...

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...

 2018-01-02 22:10 

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Supermassive Black Holes can Turn Star Formation On and Off in a Large Galaxy...

A new study by a team of international astronomers has provided the first direct evidence that supermassive black holes affect star formation in their galaxies. The post Supermassive Black Holes can Turn Star Formation On and Off in a Large Galaxy appeare...

 2018-01-02 20:07 

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What is the Gravitational Microlensing Method?...

The Gravitational Microlensing method relies on rare events (one star passing in front of another) to focus light and search for exoplanets. The post What is the Gravitational Microlensing Method? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2018-01-02 19:05 

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Carnival of Space #542...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #542 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...

 2018-01-01 17:59 

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Top 2018 Astronomy Events...

Happy New Year 2018. One of the toughest choices we made last year was to not write a full astronomical guide for 2018. We've done this in one iteration or another now for about a decade, but an ongoing project (also astronomical in nature) has consum...

 2017-12-29 22:59 

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In Preparation for its Inaugural Launch, the Falcon Heavy Receives its Special Cargo Musk's Tesla Roadster!...

In preparation for the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX recently released pictures of Musk's Tesla Roadster being loaded aboard the rocket's payload fairing. The post In Preparation for its Inaugural Launch, the Falcon Heavy Rec...

 2017-12-23 22:45 

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Mysterious Filament is Stretching Down Towards the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole...

Looking to the center of our galaxy, astronomers noted the presence of a mysterious filament extending from the supermassive black hole located there. The post Mysterious Filament is Stretching Down Towards the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole appe...

 2017-12-23 02:08 

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Just a Billion Years After the Earth Formed, Life had Already Figured out Plenty of Tricks...

According to a recent study, multi-celled lifeforms lived on Earth as early as 3.5 billion years ago - a good indication that life exists elsewhere in the Universe. The post Just a Billion Years After the Earth Formed, Life had Already Figured out Plenty ...

 2017-12-22 23:46 

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What is the Radial Velocity Method?...

The Radial Velocity (aka. Doppler Spectroscopy) Method relies on measurements of a planet's "wobble" to determine the presence of one or more planets around it. The post What is the Radial Velocity Method? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2017-12-22 23:29 

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Yes Please! NASA is Considering a Helicopter Mission to Titan...

NASA has chosen the Dragonfly mission concept as a finalist in its New Frontiers program. The double-quadcopter drone is designed to explore Titan and study habitability. The post Yes Please! NASA is Considering a Helicopter Mission to Titan appeared firs...

 2017-12-22 23:14 

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Astronomers Figure Out a New Way to Search for Planets at Alpha Centauri...

A mew study by a team of exoplanet scientists has revealed what kinds of planets are likely to lurk around Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to our own. The post Astronomers Figure Out a New Way to Search for Planets at Alpha Centauri appeared first...

 2017-12-21 22:23 

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Maybe Mars and Earth Didn't Form Close to Each Other...

A new study by an international team of researchers has suggested that Mars formed farther from the Sun than previously thought. The post Maybe Mars and Earth Didn't Form Close to Each Other appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2017-12-21 04:16 

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Red Dwarf Star, Planet Orbiting at Right Angles. Mayhem....

A new study of a well-known exoplanet has revealed something very strange. Apparently, the planet orbits its star from pole to pole. The post Red Dwarf Star, Planet Orbiting at Right Angles. Mayhem. appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2017-12-20 20:19 

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Weekly Space Hangout Dec 20, 2017: The Year in Review...

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) Announcement...

 2017-12-19 22:26 

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Updates on 'Oumuamau. Maybe it's a Comet, Actually. Oh, and no Word From Aliens....

On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar object, named 1I/2017 U1 (aka. 'Oumuamua). After originally hypothesizing that it was a co...

 2017-12-19 20:06 

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Kilonova Neutron Star Collision Probably Left Behind a Black Hole...

According to a new study, the recent merger of two neutron stars (which was detected thanks to the gravitational waves it created) most likely led to the creation of a black hole. The post Kilonova Neutron Star Collision Probably Left Behind a Black Hole ...

 2017-12-18 22:03 

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Astronomers Find Another Solar System with 8 Planets. Uh, Pluto, About that Deplaneting......

A research team recently applied a Google "neural net" to Kepler data, which conformed the existence of a star system with eight planets. The post Astronomers Find Another Solar System with 8 Planets. Uh, Pluto, About that Deplaneting... appeared ...

 2017-12-18 19:56 

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Carnival of Space #540...

Welcome, come in to the 540th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. So now, on to this week's stories! First up, Chandra Reveals the E...

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