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Citizen scientists discover what's out there

It's National Science Week and this year the annual citizen science project run by ABC Science is astronomy-themed. No guesses for knowing that I'm excited about that! It's also a nod to 2015 being the International Year ...

dateAug 19, 2015 in Astronomy
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High-energy observatory launches this week

If everything goes according to plan, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 6:45 a.m. St. Louis time, NASA TV will broadcast the launch of a cargo container at the Tanegashima Space Center off the southern coast of Japan. In addition ...

dateAug 19, 2015 in Astronomy
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ESO image: Sibling stars

Open star clusters like the one seen here are not just perfect subjects for pretty pictures. Most stars form within clusters and these clusters can be used by astronomers as laboratories to study how stars evolve and die. ...

dateAug 19, 2015 in Astronomy
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Dark Energy Survey finds more celestial neighbors

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey, using one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, have discovered eight more faint celestial objects hovering near our Milky Way galaxy. Signs indicate that they, like the objects ...

dateAug 17, 2015 in Astronomy
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Image: Hubble sees a "mess of stars"

Bursts of pink and red, dark lanes of mottled cosmic dust, and a bright scattering of stars—this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows part of a messy barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 428. It lies approximately 48 ...

dateAug 17, 2015 in Astronomy
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Celestial firework marks nearest galaxy collision

A spectacular galaxy collision has been discovered lurking behind the Milky Way. The closest such system ever found, the discovery was announced today by a team of astronomers led by Prof. Quentin Parker at the University ...

dateAug 17, 2015 in Astronomy
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Parkes telescope takes on the Roger Federer of space

Using the moon and the GPS system, scientists have turned CSIRO's 64-m Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia into a new tool for finding the highest-energy particles nature can hurl at us. The work is being presented ...

dateAug 14, 2015 in Astronomy
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