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 2020-02-16 21:51 

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Betelgeuse Is Still Dimming! And We Have the Pictures to Prove It...

Near the end of 2019, astronomers watching the red giant Betelgeuse noted how much the star had dimmed, continuing to steadily fade for months. It's a variable star, and it's known to get dimmer and brighter, but the big surprise is that it's ...

 2020-02-13 23:46 

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Beautiful Exposed Bedrock and Sand Dunes on Mars...

Impact craters can be quite complex. Depending on the size of the impactor, and on the size of the planet it strikes, craters form differently. Some form central peaks or uplifted structures, or even pits as seen in this image. This image is the HiPOD, or...

 2020-02-13 22:22 

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Astronomers Simulated How the Universe Would Look Without Dark Matter...

A team of European researchers recently simulated how a Universe without Dark Matter would have evolved, with surprising results! The post Astronomers Simulated How the Universe Would Look Without Dark Matter appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-02-13 22:12 

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Mars Was Hit By a Lot of Protoplanets Early in its History, Taking Longer to Form than Previously Thought....

There are around 61,000 meteorites on Earth, or at least that's how many have been found. Out of those, about 200 of them are very special: they came from Mars. And those 200 meteorites have been important clues to how Mars formed in the early Solar S...

 2020-02-13 20:43 

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The Pale Blue Dot: Now New and Improved...

Thirty years have now passed since the Voyager 1 spacecraft snapped one of the most iconic and memorable pictures in spaceflight history. Known as the "Pale Blue Dot," the heart-rending view shows planet Earth as a single, bright blue pixel in the...

 2020-02-13 16:18 

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Catch Comet T2 PanSTARRS This Spring...

Ready for the next great comet? First, the bad news. there is not (as of yet), a good naked eye comet in the cards, for 2020. The good news is... there is a fine binocular comet well placed for northern hemisphere viewers: Comet C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS. The p...

 2020-02-12 23:19 

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A Rare Fast Radio Burst has been Found that Actually Repeats Every 16 Days...

A team of scientists in Canada have found a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) that repeats every 16 days. This is in stark contrast to other FRBs, which are more sporadic. Some of those sporadic FRBs occur in clusters, and repeat irregularly, but FRBs with a regular...

 2020-02-12 22:19 

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New Images of the "Golf Ball" Asteroid Pallas...

New images of the asteroid Pallas (the clearest and most detailed to date) reveal that it looks like a "golf ball", an indication that it probably had a very violent past. The post New Images of the "Golf Ball" Asteroid Pallas appeared fir...

 2020-02-12 21:34 

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Weekly Space Hangout: February 12, 2020 Mapping Pulsars with Dr. Cole Miller...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Sondy Springmann (@sondy) Alex Teachey (alexteachey.com /@alexteachey) This week we are airing Fraser's interview with Dr. ...

 2020-02-12 21:02 

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Carnival of Space #650...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #650 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...

 2020-02-12 19:17 

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Here are the First Pictures from CHEOPS...

The CHEOPS spacecraft is taking the first tentative steps in its mission. Back on January 29th, the spacecraft opened the cover on its lens. Now, we have the first images from CHEOPS. CHEOPS stands for CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite. It's a Europe...

 2020-02-12 02:49 

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Mars 2020 Will be The Third Time That NASA Has Tried to Send a Microphone to Mars...

The Mars 2020 rover, which will launch this summer, will be the third NASA mission to bring a microphone to the Red Planet. The post Mars 2020 Will be The Third Time That NASA Has Tried to Send a Microphone to Mars appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-02-11 20:52 

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Astronomers Have Some Serious Concerns About Starlink and Other Satellite Constellations...

Picture the space around Earth filled with tens of thousands of communications satellites. That scenario is slowly coming into being, and it has astronomers concerned. Now a group of astronomers have written a paper outlining their detailed concerns, and ...

 2020-02-11 18:43 

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SpaceX is Thinking of Spinning Off Starlink and Taking it Public...

SpaceX recently announced that it could be taking Starlink public, giving investors a chance to get a piece of this lucrative satellite internet company. The post SpaceX is Thinking of Spinning Off Starlink and Taking it Public appeared first on Universe ...

 2020-02-11 01:41 

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The ESA's Solar Orbiter, a Mission That Will Chart the Unexplored Polar Regions of the Sun, Just Launched!...

The ESA's Solar Orbiter launched earlier today on its five-year mission to study the Sun, which scientists hope will lead to a better understanding of solar weather. The post The ESA's Solar Orbiter, a Mission That Will Chart the Unexplored Polar ...

 2020-02-07 01:08 

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SpaceX Has Requested Permission to Fly Starship as Early as March...

According to recent filings with the FCC, SpaceX hopes to conduct their first test flight with the Starship Mk 3 prototype as early as mid-March of 2020. The post SpaceX Has Requested Permission to Fly Starship as Early as March appeared first on Universe...

 2020-02-06 23:04 

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There Are Winds Blowing On Pluto, Driven by Frozen Nitrogen...

Earth and Pluto don't have much in common. Earth is a vibrant, living world, whereas Pluto is cold, distant and lifeless. But one thing they do have in common is nitrogen. Earth's atmosphere is about 78% nitrogen, and Pluto's primary atmospher...

 2020-02-06 20:53 

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Did Neutrinos Stop The Early Universe From Annihilating Itself?...

We can create matter from energy in the lab. Particle accelerators do this all the time. When we do, half of what is created is matter and the other half antimatter. There is a symmetry in physics that requires matter and antimatter to appear in equal amo...

 2020-02-06 20:39 

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A Meteor Smashed Into Mars in 2005, Making this Crater...

NASA has repeatedly imaged the Martian surface, and sometimes a feature appears that wasn't there in prior images. That's what happened when a meteorite survived the plunge through Mars' thin atmosphere sometime between February and July, 2005...

 2020-02-06 17:40 

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Record-Setting Space Travelers Return to Earth...

A trio of space travelers returned to Earth this morning from the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, at 326 straight days. Also coming home was ESA astronau...

 2020-02-05 23:57 

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Here Comes the Next Satellite Constellation. OneWeb Launches 34 Satellites on Thursday...

SpaceX has been garnering all the headlines when it comes to satellite constellations. Their Starlink system will eventually have thousands of tiny satellites working together to provide internet access, though only 242 of them have been deployed so far. ...

 2020-02-05 23:15 

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Anti-Solar Cells Could Generate Electricity at Night...

A new study proposes how thermoradiative technology could be used to make "anti-solar" cells that would work at night. Credit: SolarReserve The post Anti-Solar Cells Could Generate Electricity at Night appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-02-05 20:46 

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This is What the World Would Look Like if the Oceans Dried Up...

Don't worry. The oceans aren't going to dry up. At least not any time soon, so no need to add it to the list of things to worry about. But, what would our planet look like if they did? Dr. James O'Donoghue from JAXA decided to find out. 12 yea...

 2020-02-05 18:56 

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14% of all the Massive Stars in the Universe are Destined to Collide as Black Holes...

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity predicted that black holes would form and eventually collide. It also predicted the creation of gravitational waves from the collision. But how often does this happen, and can we calculate how many stars this wi...

 2020-02-05 18:43 

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Neutrinos Have Been Detected With Such High Energy That The Standard Model Can't Explain Them...

Although neutrinos are mysterious particles, they are remarkably common. Billions of neutrinos pass through your body every second. But neutrinos rarely interact with regular matter, so detecting them is a big engineering challenge. Even when we do detect...

 2020-02-04 22:17 

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Good-bye Spitzer. We'll Miss You But We Won't Forget You....

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has reached the end of its life. Its mission was to study objects in the infrared, and it excelled at that since it was launched in 2003. But every mission has an end, and on January 30th 2020, Spitzer shut down. "It...

 2020-02-04 21:19 

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Weekly Space Hangout: February 5, 2020 "More Things in the Heavens" with Dr. Michael Werner and Dr. Peter Eisenhardt...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Brian Koberlein (BrianKoberlein.com / @BrianKoberlein) Chris Carr (@therealCCarrAnnie Wilson Tonight we welcome Dr. Michael Werner and Dr. Peter Eisenhardt, authors of the new book More Things in the Hea...

 2020-02-04 20:41 

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An Upcoming Mission is Going to Assemble and Manufacture a Communications Antenna and Beam in Space...

A robotic payload known as SPIDER will be going to space soon to show that constructing everything from satellites to spacecraft in orbit is possible The post An Upcoming Mission is Going to Assemble and Manufacture a Communications Antenna and Beam in Sp...

 2020-02-03 23:40 

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NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Took a Space Selfie, Capturing her Reflection in the Space Station...

If there's an award for "Selfie of the Year" NASA astronaut Jessica Meir just won it. Her Twitter account tweeted two images of her spacewalk shenanigans from January 26th, 2020. In one of the photos, she used one of the solar panels to reflec...

 2020-02-03 23:28 

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Carnival of Space #649...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #649And 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 bl...

 2020-02-01 15:41 

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Voyager 2 Went Into Fault Protection Mode, But Engineers Brought it Back Online...

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft went into fault protection mode on Tuesday January 28th. The fault protection routines automatically protect the spacecraft in harmful conditions. Both Voyagers have these routines programmed into their systems. After it ha...

 2020-01-31 23:03 

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Destructive Super Solar Storms Hit Us Every 25 Years Or So...

Solar storms powerful enough to wreak havoc on electronic equipment strike Earth every 25 years, according to a new study. And less powerful—yet still dangerous—storms occur every three years or so. This conclusion comes from a team of scienti...

 2020-01-31 21:12 

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This is the Spot Where ESA's Schiaparelli Crashed Into Mars...

The MRO's HiRISE camera recently snapped fresh images of where the ESA's Schiaparelli lander crashed on the surface of Mars in 2016. The post This is the Spot Where ESA's Schiaparelli Crashed Into Mars appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-01-31 00:29 

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CHEOPS Just Opened Its Eyes to Start Studying Known Exoplanets, We Should See the First Picture in a Few Weeks...

The CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) spacecraft just opened the cover on its telescope. The spacecraft was launched on December 18th 2019 and has so far performed flawlessly. In one or two weeks we could get our first images from the instrumen...

 2020-01-30 21:34 

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Astronomers See Space Twist Around A White Dwarf 12,000 Light Years Away...

The theory of general relativity is packed with strange predictions about how space and time are affected by massive bodies. Everything from gravitational waves to the lensing of light by dark matter. But one of the oddest predictions is an effect known a...

 2020-01-30 21:27 

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This is the Highest Resolution Image Ever Taken of the Surface of the Sun...

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) recently took its first image, which happens to be the highest-resolution image of the surface of the Sun to date. The post This is the Highest Resolution Image Ever Taken of the Surface of the Sun appeared fir...

 2020-01-30 21:06 

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It Looks Like James Webb's Launch Date is Going to Slip to July 2021...

Put "James Webb Telescope launch" into your search engine and you'll be flooded with links, some reaching back to the 'scope's first proposed launch date in 2010. The delayed launch of the space telescope is a running theme in the spac...

 2020-01-30 03:19 

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There's a 1 in 20 Chance That Two Dead Satellites Might Crash Tonight...

According to multiple assessments, there's a good chance two dead satellites will crash in the skies above Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, creating a serious debris problem. The post There's a 1 in 20 Chance That Two Dead Satellites Might Crash Tonight ...

 2020-01-29 21:43 

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NASA is Going to Add a Commercial Module to the Space Station...

NASA's plan to open up the International Space Station (ISS) to commercial activity is gaining ground. They have a vision for an economy in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) called the Plan for Commercial LEO Development. According to NASA, they intend to foster ...

 2020-01-29 00:05 

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Okay, this Logo Proves that Space Force Should Have Really Been Called Star Fleet...

Now that the US Space Force's new uniforms have been eviscerated on social media (that was so last week) it's up to their new logo to keep the uproar going. The newest branch of the US Armed Forces hasn't disappointed: their logo looks like th...

 2020-01-28 22:33 

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Here's What the Climate Might Look Like on Proxima Centauri B...

NASA scientists have run simulations that show what the climate on Proxima b might be like, with encouraging results! The post Here's What the Climate Might Look Like on Proxima Centauri B appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-01-28 21:48 

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Weekly Space Hangout: January 29, 2020 Plumes on Enceladus with Dr. Christopher Glein...

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dave Dickinson (www.astroguyz.com / @astroguyz) Pam Hoffman (EverydaySpacer.com / @EverydaySpacer) Veranika Klimovich ( @VeronikaSpace) Tonight we welcome Dr. Christopher Glein, Senior Research Scientist at ...

 2020-01-28 21:03 

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A Cubesat Deployed a De-Orbiting Tether and Now it's Losing Altitude 24 Times Faster than Before...

A company called Tethers Unlimited has deployed its de-orbiting tether in a successful test on the Prox-1 satellite. The satellite is one of four that are carrying the device, called the Terminator Tape. Rather than stay in space for years or decades, and...

 2020-01-27 23:52 

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A Television Satellite Might be About to Explode...

A DirecTV satellite suffered a battery failure and now has to be de-orbited. Otherwise, it could cause a collision and explosion. The post A Television Satellite Might be About to Explode appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-01-27 22:17 

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Carnival of Space #648...

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Zain Husain at the Brownspaceman.com blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #648. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got ...

 2020-01-27 22:16 

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The Brightest Supernova Ever Seen was Caused by a White Dwarf Spiraling into a Massive Star...

Super-luminous supernovae are the brightest explosions in the Universe. In just a few months, a super-luminous supernova can release as much energy as our Sun will in its entire lifespan. And at its peak, it can be as bright as an entire galaxy. One of th...

 2020-01-27 19:56 

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ESA is Going to Test Two Rovers Working Together to Explore the Moon...

The ESA is working on a system (TRAILER) that will allow two robots to work in tandem and explore the lunar surface. The post ESA is Going to Test Two Rovers Working Together to Explore the Moon appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-01-27 19:01 

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The Apollo 1 Fire: Excerpt from "Eight Years to the Moon"...

Editor's note: Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire that killed three astronauts during a routine test on the launchpad. The test was a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 1 crew — Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. The goal wa...

 2020-01-27 14:40 

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Stalking Starlink's 'DarkSat'...

By now, you've no doubt heard of (or seen) Starlink. SpaceX's mega-satellite constellation has become a permanent fixture in our skies as of late, with several routine passes on any given week. But have you seen the supposed 'black sheep' ...

 2020-01-26 21:03 

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China Releases New Pictures From the Surface of the Moon...

China's Chang'e-4 mission just released a trove of data collected by the lander and rover during its year-long exploration of the far side of the Moon. The post China Releases New Pictures From the Surface of the Moon appeared first on Universe To...

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