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Chandra sees brightest supernova ever

The brightest stellar explosion ever recorded may be a long-sought new type of supernova, according to observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. This discovery indicates ...

May 07, 2007
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The Case for Habitable Exoplanet Moons

As scientists refine their methods, exoplanets are becoming easier and easier to detect. The current count is 163 planets orbiting 97 main-sequence stars, of which only one is even remotely Earth-like. All ...

Apr 27, 2006 feature
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Negative Vibes From Space

Astronomers have discovered the first negatively charged molecule in space, identifying it from radio signals that were a mystery until now. While about 130 neutral and 14 positively charged molecules are known ...

Dec 01, 2006
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Chandra sees remarkable eclipse of black hole

A remarkable eclipse of a supermassive black hole and the hot gas disk around it has been observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This eclipse has allowed two key predictions about the effects of supermassive ...

Apr 12, 2007
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Future Space Telescopes Could Detect Earth Twin

For the first time ever, NASA researchers have successfully demonstrated in the laboratory that a space telescope rigged with special masks and mirrors could snap a photo of an Earth-like planet orbiting a ...

Apr 11, 2007
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Spinning Black Hole Pushes the Limit

The existence of black holes is perhaps the most fascinating prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. When any mass, such as a star, becomes more compact than a certain limit, its own gravity ...

Nov 20, 2006
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