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 2020-07-13 00:46 

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NASA and HeroX are Looking to Light Up the Moon!...

With a prize purse of up to $5 million, NASA and HeroX are looking for ideas on how we could provide sustainable power for astronauts exploring the Moon and Mars! The post NASA and HeroX are Looking to Light Up the Moon! appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-11 20:48 

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NASA has a Pretty Big Checklist for Boeing to Fix on Starliner...

Boeing need to fulfill a pretty long checklist in order to get the Starliner ready for flight, but safety is first and foremost! The post NASA has a Pretty Big Checklist for Boeing to Fix on Starliner appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-11 00:01 

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Even If We Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tomorrow, it Would Take Decades for the Earth to Start Cooling Again...

If—or hopefully when—we cut our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, we won't notice much difference in the climate. The Earth's natural systems take time to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. We may have to wait decades for the temperature...

 2020-07-10 22:52 

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That's So Metal. NASA's Psyche Mission is Now Under Construction...

In August of 2022, NASA will send a robotic spacecraft to the Main Asteroid Belt to explore a truly unique object: a metal asteroid. This object is known as 16 Psyche, is one of the largest asteroids in the Belt, and is composed almost entirely of iron an...

 2020-07-10 21:52 

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Now You Can Build Your Own Curiosity Rover...

The open source movement has been a fixture in the software and electronics worlds for over a decade now. Open source components serve as the basis from everything from 3D printed Iron Man figures to the Linux computer operating system. Now there's a ...

 2020-07-10 20:57 

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If Planet 9 is a Primordial Black Hole, We Might Be Able to See Flares When it Consumes Comets...

A comet-eating black hole the size of a planet? It's possible. And if there's one out there in the distant Solar System, a pair of researchers think they know how to find it. If they do, we might finally put the Planet 9 issue to rest. The researc...

 2020-07-10 19:16 

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Earth's Magnetic Field is Changing Surprisingly Quickly...

The Earth's magnetic North pole has been moving awfully fast in recent years. But there's nothing to worry about. The post Earth's Magnetic Field is Changing Surprisingly Quickly appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-10 17:52 

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Why Lava Tubes Should be Our Top Exploration Priority on Other Worlds...

When magma comes out of the Earth onto the surface, it flows as lava. Those lava flows are fascinating to watch, and they leave behind some unique landforms and rocks. But a lot of what's fascinating about these flows can be hidden underground, as lav...

 2020-07-10 01:42 

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New Zealand just got its first International Dark Sky Park...

As light pollution around the world increases, we are losing our access to the night sky. Thankfully, dark sky preserves and parks do exactly what their names suggest preserve the night sky as our ancestors knew it. And recently, the Wai-iti Recreational ...

 2020-07-10 01:35 

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Finally! We've got a comet that's visible to the unaided eye. Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE...

Look up! A rare naked-eye comet, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), is now visible to the unaided eye. But act fast this celestial treat won't last long. Astronomers first detected the comet C/2020 F3 (better known as NEOWISE) in late March with the Near-Earth Obje...

 2020-07-09 23:15 

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A Giant Galaxy Seen Lighting Up the Universe Shortly After the Big Bang...

The discovery of a bright galaxy that existed 13 billion years ago is shedding light on a period known own as the "Cosmic Dark Ages." The post A Giant Galaxy Seen Lighting Up the Universe Shortly After the Big Bang appeared first on Universe Today...

 2020-07-09 22:14 

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That Strange Gel-Like Material Discovered by China's Lunar Rover? It's Just Rock...

In January 2019, China landed its Chang'e 4 mission on the Moon's far side. The Yutu-2 rover got busy exploring its surroundings. It's still going, even though the rover's nominal operating mission was only three months. Among the mission&...

 2020-07-09 20:07 

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Scientists Have Developed a Way to Make Human Skin More Protected from Space Radiation...

Earth is a radiation cocoon. Inside that cocoon, the atmosphere and the magnetosphere keep us mostly safe from the Sun's radiaition. Some ultraviolet light gets through, and can damage us. But reasonable precautions like simply minimizing exposure can...

 2020-07-09 02:12 

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Languages Will Change Significantly on Interstellar Flights...

A pair of linguists recently did a study, which appeared in an ESA-associated journal, that discusses how interstellar travel could lead to changes in our language. The post Languages Will Change Significantly on Interstellar Flights appeared first on Uni...

 2020-07-09 00:05 

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Although InSight's Mole is Completely Buried, it Might be Stuck Again...

You've gotta hand it to NASA, and to the German Aerospace Center (DLR.) They've been struggling for over a year to get the InSight Lander's Mole working. There've been setbacks, then progress, then more setbacks, as they try to get the Mol...

 2020-07-08 22:05 

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What Telescope Will Be Needed to See the First Stars in the Universe? The Ultimately Large Telescope...

The oldest stars in the Universe are cloaked in darkness. Their redshift is so high, we can only wonder about them. The James Webb Space Telescope will be our most effective telescope for observing the very early Universe, and should observe out to z = 15...

 2020-07-08 17:19 

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Detecting the Neutrinos From a Supernova That's About to Explode...

Neutrinos are puzzling things. They're tiny particles, almost massless, with no electrical charge. They're notoriously difficult to detect, too, and scientists have gone to great lengths to detect them. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, for instan...

 2020-07-08 13:08 

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Dawn Patrol: Jupiter and Saturn at Opposition 2020...

Missing the planets in the first half of 2020? That's all about to change, as the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn reach opposition in rapid succession this month, heralding a return to the dusk sky. The post Dawn Patrol: Jupiter and Saturn at Opposition...

 2020-07-08 03:43 

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A Tabletop-sized Experiment Could Help in the Search for Dark Matter...

Dark matter is one of the least understood aspects in physics. The evidence for dark matter is from its gravitational influence on galactic scales which cannot be explained by the presence of conventional matter. Despite its large gravitational interactio...

 2020-07-08 00:31 

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Electron Rocket's 13th Launch Failed, Destroying its Satellite Payload...

In what would have been the 12th successful launch of their Electron rocket, Rocket Lab The post Electron Rocket's 13th Launch Failed, Destroying its Satellite Payload appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-07 22:24 

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The Corona Australis Molecular Cloud. Normally this Looks Like a Dark Blob in the Sky. But in Infrared, it Looks Like This....

The Corona Australis is a constellation in the southern hemisphere. It's name literally means "southern crown." One of its features is the Corona Australis molecular cloud, home to a star-forming region containing young stars and proto-stars. ...

 2020-07-07 20:52 

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The Moon Might Be More Metal-Rich Than We Thought...

A new study shows that the Moon is more metal-rich than previously thought. That has some far-reaching implications for our understanding of the Moon's formation. If their results are solid, it means that we may need to re-think the giant impact hypot...

 2020-07-07 18:24 

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Amateur Astronomers Find a Brand New Storm on Jupiter...

Amateur astronomers have discovered a new storm near the Great Red Spot. The post Amateur Astronomers Find a Brand New Storm on Jupiter appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-07 16:58 

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Betelgeuse Probably Dimmed Because of Enormous Starspots...

A few months ago we all watched as Betelgeuse dimmed. Between October 2019 and 22nd of February 2020 the star's brightness dropped by a factor of about three. It went from magnitude 0.5, and from being the tenth-brightest star in the sky, to magnitude...

 2020-07-07 14:29 

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NGC 2275: An Absolute Unit of Galactic Flocculence...

The Hubble Space Telescope has the knack for finding every size and shape of galaxy imaginable from small, medium to large, all the way up to absolute units. This unusual galaxy, named NGC 2775, is incredibly fluffy-looking, or flocculent. It's defini...

 2020-07-06 22:26 

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China's Mars Rover Launches in Late July...

In July there's another launch window to Mars. It looks like China is ready to take advantage of it, by launching their first rover to the planet. It's called Tianwen-1, meaning "Heavenly Questions", or "Questions to Heaven." The c...

 2020-07-06 21:06 

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There's a Black Hole With 34 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun, Eating Roughly a Star Every Day...

In the 1960s, astronomers began theorizing that there might be black holes in the Universe that are so massive supermassive black holes (SMBHs) they could power the nuclei of active galaxies (aka. quasars). A decade later, astronomers discovered that an S...

 2020-07-06 20:48 

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Astronomers See Through the Milky Way's Dust to Track Where Radiation is Coming From at the Center of the Galaxy...

The center of our very own galaxy might be one of the Universe's most mysterious places. Astronomers have to probe through thick dust to see what's going on there. All that dust makes life difficult for astronomers who are trying to understand all...

 2020-07-05 20:00 

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Breakthrough Listen Releases its one-of-Everything "Exotica" Catalog...

Breakthrough Listen, the largest SETI effort ever mounted, just released a list of over 700 objects that could be of interest to people looking for aliens! The post Breakthrough Listen Releases its one-of-Everything "Exotica" Catalog appeared firs...

 2020-07-04 17:31 

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One of the Best Pictures Ever Taken of ISS from the Ground. You Can Even See the Canadarm2...

Astrophotographer Thierry Legault is renowned for his amazing shots of spacecraft transiting the Sun. He's now outdone even himself. On June 24 and 25, 2020, Legault captured the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun with such clarit...

 2020-07-04 01:09 

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Help NASA Develop a Better Space Toilet...

HeroX is one again hosting a NASA challenge, this time to develop a space toilet that will facilitate lunar exploration. The post Help NASA Develop a Better Space Toilet appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-03 19:07 

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Astronomers Might Have Seen a Star Just Disappear. Turning Straight to a Black Hole Without a Supernova...

A brilliant blue star has disappeared from view, which could mean it became a black hole in a novel way. The post Astronomers Might Have Seen a Star Just Disappear. Turning Straight to a Black Hole Without a Supernova appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-03 16:44 

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Take a Flight Over Korolev Crater on Mars...

We love flyover videos from other worlds. These stunning videos, created from imagery gathered by orbiting spacecraft, can give us a sense of what it would be like to fly in an airplane on another planet. This latest flyover video from the European Space ...

 2020-07-03 03:04 

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Behold! The Martian Menu, Courtesy of Mars City Design!...

Every year since 2012, Mars City Design hosts the Mars Feast Gala, where talented chefs create tantalizing entrees based on what future generations could grow on Mars. The post Behold! The Martian Menu, Courtesy of Mars City Design! appeared first on Univ...

 2020-07-02 20:54 

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It Was Almost Certainly an Asteroid Impact that Wiped Out the Dinosaurs. In Fact, Volcanoes Might Have Helped Life Recover...

It seems almost certain that an asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs. But only almost. Another competing theory won't completely go away: the extinction-by-volcano theory. A new study from the UK piles more evidence on the asteroid side of the deba...

 2020-07-02 19:26 

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Weekly Space Hangout: July 1, 2020 — Dr. Andrew Siemion, Director of Berkeley SETI Research Center...

This week we are pleased to welcome Dr. Andrew Siemion, Director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, to the WSH. As an astrophysicist, Andrew's research interests include high energy time-variable celestial phenomena, astronomical instrumentation an...

 2020-07-02 14:02 

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This Weekend's Challenging Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Rounds Out the Summer Season...

The July 4th Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Ends a Rare Triple Eclipse Season The post This Weekend's Challenging Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Rounds Out the Summer Season appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-07-01 22:36 

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Complete and Total Mayhem in a Distant Galaxy Collision...

A cluster of galaxies is nothing trivial. The shocks, the turbulence, the energy, as all of that matter and energy merges and interacts. And we can watch all the chaos and mayhem as it happens. A team of astronomers are looking at the galaxy cluster Abell...

 2020-07-01 04:08 

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Here's How Perseverance's Helicopter Sidekick Will Deploy on Mars...

When NASA's new Perseverance Martian rover launches in a little over a month it will have a small robotic stow-away on board. Ingenuity is a small helicopter, with a fuselage about the size of a softball and two extending rotors that measure about 4 f...

 2020-07-01 01:50 

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It might just be possible to see a light flash too when black holes merge...

Black hole merger events are some of the most energetic, fearsomely energetic events in all the cosmos. When black holes merge, they're entirely invisible, the only evidence of the cataclysm some faint whisper of gravitational waves. Until now. LIGO, ...

 2020-06-30 21:40 

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Rovers Will be Starting to Make Their Own Decisions About Where to Search for Life...

We all know how exploration by rover works. The rover is directed to a location and told to take a sample. Then it subjects that sample to analysis and sends home the results. It's been remarkably effective. But it's expensive and time-consuming t...

 2020-06-30 18:32 

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Comet F3 NEOWISE May Perform in July...

Watch for comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE at dusk in late July... if it survives perihelion. The post Comet F3 NEOWISE May Perform in July appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-06-30 01:21 

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A brand new magnetar found, it's only 240 years old...

Magnetars are some of the most ridiculous objects in the universe. Composed of the densest material possible spinning faster than your kitchen blender, they generate the absolute most powerful magnetic fields the cosmos has ever seen and astronomers have ...

 2020-06-29 23:42 

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Do Hot Jupiters Form Close in, or Do They Migrate? A Newly-Discovered Planet Might Help Answer This...

The recent discovery of a very young gas giant could offer clues about how "Hot Jupiters" form and whether or not they migrate over time. The post Do Hot Jupiters Form Close in, or Do They Migrate? A Newly-Discovered Planet Might Help Answer This ...

 2020-06-29 23:26 

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Deep Down in Ocean Worlds, it's Difficult to Tell Where the Oceans End and the Rock Begins...

We all know what water is. And what rock is. The difference is crystal clear. Well, here on Earth it is. But on other worlds? The difference might not be so clear. Among the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way are who-knows-how-many exoplanets....

 2020-06-29 21:09 

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More Evidence that Europa's Oceans Could be Habitable...

At first glance, Jupiter's moon Europa doesn't seem much like Earth. It's a moon, not a planet, and it's covered in ice. But it does have one important thing in common with Earth: a warm, salty ocean. Now there's even more evidence tha...

 2020-06-29 19:40 

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Astronaut Drops a Mirror During a Spacewalk. Now There's Another Piece of Space Junk...

Oops. Dropping a mirror on Earth is only minor cause for concern, perhaps about the potential of some upcoming bad luck. Dropping a mirror while on a spacewalk means creating a potentially dangerous new piece of space junk, all while thousands of people w...

 2020-06-29 16:44 

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The Bare Minimum Number of Martian Settlers? 110...

So you want to colonize Mars, huh? Well Mars is a long ways away, and in order for a colony to function that far from Earthly support, things have to be thought out very carefully. Including how many people are needed to make it work. A new study pegs the...

 2020-06-29 16:31 

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Canada is Going to be Building Canadarm3 for the Artemis Missions...

When you need a robotic arm in space, you call in the experts. Over the past several decades, the Canadian Space Agency has expertly provided robotic arms for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. And now it will build the next-generation of ...

 2020-06-27 21:22 

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A Simulation of Sunsets on Other Worlds: From Venus to Titan...

A new tool from NASA Goddard allows us to witness what a sunset would look like on other bodies in the Solar System, from Venus to Uranus. The post A Simulation of Sunsets on Other Worlds: From Venus to Titan appeared first on Universe Today ....

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