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Kepler's six years in science (and counting)

NASA's Kepler spacecraft began hunting for planets outside our solar system on May 12, 2009. From the trove of data collected, we have learned that planets are common, that most sun-like stars have at least ...

dateMay 13, 2015 in Astronomy
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Image: Chaos on watery Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is brimming with water. Although it is thought to be mostly made up of rocky material, the moon is wrapped in a thick layer of water โ€“ some frozen to form an icy crust, some potentially ...

dateMay 11, 2015 in Space Exploration
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NASA image: Hubble revisits tangled NGC 6240

Not all galaxies are neatly shaped, as this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 6240 clearly demonstrates. Hubble previously released an image of this galaxy back in 2008, but the knotted region, shown ...

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A guide to Saturn through opposition 2015

The month of May generally means the end of star party season here in Florida, as schools let out in early June, and humid days make for thunderstorm-laden nights. This also meant that we weren't about to ...

dateMay 13, 2015 in Space Exploration
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