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New Models Show That Kepler-62f Might Be Able To Sustain Life

May 31, 2016

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Kepler-62f Might Be Able To Sustain Life

New research reveals that a distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable. The planet, which is about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra, is approximately 40 percent larger than Earth. At that size, Kepler-62f is within the range of planets that are likely to be rocky and possibly could […]

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Lund Astronomers Believe Planet 9 Was an Exoplanet

May 31, 2016

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Planet 9 Was Once an Exoplanet

New research details how Planet 9 may have once been an exoplanet “captured” by our sun billions of years ago. Through a computer-simulated study, astronomers at Lund University in Sweden show that it is highly likely that the so-called Planet 9 is an exoplanet. This would make it the first exoplanet to be discovered inside […]

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New Cassini Image of Saturn’s Moons Janus and Mimas

May 31, 2016

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New Cassini Image of Janus and Mimas

A newly released image of Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas from the Cassini Spacecraft. Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left. Janus hangs above center, while Mimas shines at right. […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 6496

May 31, 2016

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 6496

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 6496, which is located about 35,000 light years away. This 10.5-billion-year-old globular cluster, NGC 6496, is home to heavy-metal stars of a celestial kind! The stars comprising this spectacular spherical cluster are enriched with much higher proportions of metals — elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, […]

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New Research Shows Giant Tsunamis Once Battered the Coastlines of Mars

May 27, 2016

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Giant Tsunamis Battered an Early Martian Ocean

New research from NASA indicates that giant tsunamis played a fundamental role in forming Martian coastal terrain, removing much of the controversy that for decades shrouded the hypothesis that oceans existed early in Mars’ history. “Imagine a huge wall of red water the size of a high-rise building moving towards you at the speed of […]

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New Close-Up View of Pluto’s Surface

May 27, 2016

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Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

This new close-up image of Pluto’s surface is the most detailed image revealed to date by they New Horizons Spacecraft. This is the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time. This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto […]

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Supermassive Black Holes in ‘Red Geyser’ Galaxies Suppress Star Formation

May 26, 2016

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Supermassive Black Holes Cause Galactic Warming

New research details the discovery of a new class of galaxies, called “red geysers,” with supermassive black hole winds so hot and energetic that stars can’t form. Over the last few billion years, a mysterious kind of “galactic warming” has caused many galaxies to change from a lively place where new stars formed every now […]

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New Model Could Offer an Explanation for Cracks on Icy Moons

May 26, 2016

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New Research Model Could Offer an Explanation for Cracks on Icy Moons

Astronomers at the University of Rochester have developed a new model that could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto’s Charon, formed. Until now, it was thought that the cracks were the result of geodynamical processes, such as plate tectonics, but the models run by Alice Quillen and […]

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SDO Views Coronal Hole in Our Sun

May 26, 2016

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SDO Peers Into Huge Coronal Hole

This new image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a coronal hole in our sun. This imagery of the sun captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from May 17-19, 2016, shows a giant dark area on the star’s upper half, known as a coronal hole. Coronal holes are low-density regions of the sun’s atmosphere, known […]

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Astronomers Discover Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly

May 25, 2016

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Evidence That Some Early Supermassive Black Holes Formed Directly from the Collapse of a Gas Cloud

Using the combined data from Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer, atronomers have found evidence that some early supermassive black holes formed directly from the collapse of a gas cloud. Astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes. Researchers combined data from NASA’s Chandra […]

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NASA Astronomer Reveals Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter

May 24, 2016

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Astronomers Suggest Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter

A newly published study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center suggests a possible link between primordial black holes and dark matter. Dark matter is a mysterious substance composing most of the material universe, now widely thought to be some form of massive exotic particle. An intriguing alternative view is that dark matter is made of […]

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Hubble Telescope Close-up of the Red Planet

May 23, 2016

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Hubble Close-up of the Red Planet

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this striking image of Mars, when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth. The photo reveals details as small as 20 miles to 30 miles across. On May 30th, Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 11 years, at a distance of 46.8 […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Colorful Galaxies in the Constellation of Leo

May 23, 2016

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Hubble Views the Colorful Galaxies of the Lion

This newly released Hubble image reveals the colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo. Nearly as deep as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, this incredible image from the NASA/ESA Space Telescope reveals thousands of colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). This vibrant view of the early Universe […]

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ESO Views the Glowing Gas Cloud LHA 120-N55

May 20, 2016

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New ESO Image of the Colorful Emission Nebula LHA 120-N55

This newly released ESO image shows the glowing gas cloud LHA 120-N55 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. In this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energises the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation. The result is a strikingly colourful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the […]

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New Horizons Collects Data on Distant Remnant of the Early Solar System

May 18, 2016

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New Horizons Collects Data on a Post-Pluto Object

Recent observations from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft reveal new facts about a distant remnant of the early solar system. Warming up for a possible extended mission as it speeds through deep space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile-wide (145-kilometer-wide) Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles […]

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Europa’s Ocean May Contain the Necessary Balance of Chemical Energy for Life

May 18, 2016

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Chemical Balance for Life May Exist in Europa's Ocean

New research from NASA reveals that Europa’s ocean may contain the necessary balance of chemical energy for life, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity. Europa is strongly believed to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell. Whether the Jovian moon has the raw materials and chemical energy in […]

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Astronomers Reveal the Secret Life of the Orion Nebula

May 16, 2016

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Secrets of the Orion Nebula Revealed

A team of astronomers reveal how the interplay of magnetic fields and gravitation in the gas cloud lead to the birth of new stars. Space bears witness to a constant stream of star births. And whole star clusters are often formed at the same time – and within a comparatively short period. Amelia Stutz and […]

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Cassini Image of Saturn’s Rings and Its Moon Prometheus

May 16, 2016

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Cassini Image of Prometheus and Saturn's Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft views Saturn’s Rings and its neighboring moon Prometheus. Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn’s F ring. Filled with kinks, jets, strands and gores, the F ring has been sculpted by its two neighboring […]

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