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The Senkyo Region of Titan

March 5, 2015

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New Cassini Image of Titan

This new Cassini image was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles and looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan. Named after a Japanese paradise, the Senkyo region of Titan (the dark area below and to the right of center) is a bit less welcoming than its namesake. With a very inhospitable average […]

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Astronomers Identify a Quadruple Star System, 30 Ari

March 5, 2015

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Researchers Identify a Quadruple Star System

Using the Robo-AO adaptive optics system and the PALM-3000 adaptive optics system, astronomers have identified a planet in a quadruple star system for only the second time. Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star — our sun […]

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Unusual Form of Cosmic Precipitation Can Affect the Growth and Evolution of Galaxies

March 5, 2015

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Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth

New research based on x-ray data from Chandra shows how an unusual form of cosmic precipitation can affect the growth and evolution of galaxies, slowing down star formation in galaxies with giant black holes. This galaxy cluster comes from a sample of over 200 that were studied to determine how giant black holes at their […]

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New Research Reveals Two Solar Wind Jets in the Heliosphere

March 4, 2015

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NASA Study Finds Two Solar Wind Jets in the Heliosphere

New research shows that the heliosphere is dominated by two giant jets of material shooting backwards over the north and south poles of the sun, which are confined by the interaction of the sun’s magnetic field with the interstellar magnetic field. As the sun skims through the galaxy, it emits charged particles in a stream […]

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New Technique Analyzes Clouds Around Exoplanets

March 3, 2015

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New Technique Allows Analysis of Clouds around Exoplanets

Research from MIT details a new technique that analyzes data from NASA’s Kepler space observatory to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars. Meteorologists sometimes struggle to accurately predict the weather here on Earth, but now we can find out how cloudy it is on planets outside our solar system, thanks […]

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NASA Spacecraft Nears Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 3, 2015

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is set to be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. “Dawn is about to make history,” said Robert Mase, […]

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ALMA and VLT Reveal Dusty and Evolved Galaxy

March 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

New observations from the Very Large Telescope along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have revealed a dusty galaxy seen when the Universe was just 700 million years old. One of the most distant galaxies ever observed has provided astronomers with the first detection of dust in such a remote star-forming system and tantalizing evidence […]

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Life Possible on Saturn’s Moon Titan

March 2, 2015

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Life Possible on Titan

In a new study, chemical engineers and astronomers from Cornell University reveal that Titan could harbor methane-based, oxygen-free cells that metabolize, reproduce and do everything life on Earth does. Liquid water is a requirement for life on Earth. But in other, much colder worlds, life might exist beyond the bounds of water-based chemistry. Taking a […]

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Hubble Picture of the Week: A Young Star Takes Center Stage

March 2, 2015

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New Hubble Image of V1331 Cyg

This newly released Hubble images shows the T Tauri star known as V1331 Cyg. With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The star in the center, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the […]

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Astrophysicists Investigate Where Stars Form in Merging Galaxies

February 27, 2015

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The Spatial Extent of Induced Star Formation

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics simulated galaxy collisions under a wide range of conditions in order to investigate the question of where the induced star formation is located. Collisions between galaxies, and even less dramatic gravitational encounters between them, are recognized as triggering star formation. Observations of luminous galaxies, powered by starbursts, are […]

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First Time Solutions Provide New Insight in Black Hole Collisions

February 27, 2015

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New Insight Found in Black Hole Collisions

In a new study, astrophysicists provide for the first time solutions to decades-old equations that describe conditions as two black holes in a binary system orbit each other and spiral in toward a collision. New research by Dr. Michael Kesden, assistant professor of physics at UT Dallas, and his colleagues provides revelations about the most […]

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Astronomers Discover Ultraluminous Quasar with a 12 Billion Solar Mass Black Hole

February 26, 2015

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Researchers Discover Brightest Quasar in the Early Universe

A newly published study details the discovery of the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time. The international team led by astronomers from Peking University in China and from the University of Arizona announce their findings in the scientific journal Nature on Thursday. The […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Drills at ‘Telegraph Peak’

February 26, 2015

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Curiosity Rover Drills at Telegraph Peak

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover drilled a small hole on February 24 to collect sample powder from inside a rock target called “Telegraph Peak,” which is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The target sits in the upper portion of “Pahrump Hills,” an outcrop the mission has been investigating for five months. The Pahrump […]

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Q & A – Why Build the James Webb Space Telescope

February 26, 2015

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Building the James Webb Space Telescope

Paul Geithner (Deputy Project Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope) answers questions about building the James Webb Space Telescope and what it will allow scientists to do. This is the second installment in a four-part series of conversations with Paul Geithner Deputy Project Manager – Technical for the James Webb Space telescope at NASA’s […]

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Chandra Discovers Intermediate-Mass Black Hole in Spiral Galaxy NGC 2276

February 26, 2015

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Astronomers Discover a New Object in Galaxy NGC 2276

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered a newly cosmic object that may help provide answers to some long-standing questions about how black holes evolve and influence their surroundings. “In paleontology, the discovery of certain fossils can help scientists fill in the evolutionary gaps between different dinosaurs,” said Mar Mezcua of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center […]

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Nova Delphini 2013 Produces a Large Amount of Lithium

February 25, 2015

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Classical Nova Explosions are Major Lithium Factories in the Universe

Using the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope High Dispersion Spectrograph (HDS), a team of astronomers observed Nova Delphini 2013 and discovered that the outburst is producing a large amount of lithium. A team of astronomers from National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Osaka Kyoiku University, Nagoya University, and Kyoto Sangyo University observed Nova Delphini 2013 (Figure 1, […]

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An Unusual Comet Skimmed Past the Sun

February 25, 2015

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SOHO Sees New Comet

A new comet was discovered sling-shotting around the sun by ESA/NASA’s SOHO. The comet is not from any known family of comets. An comet circles around the sun in this movie from ESA/NASA’s SOHO. The comet is somewhat unusual as it’s not form any known family of comets. This is the 2,875th comet discovered by […]

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