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Six coronal mass ejections in 24 hours

The sun let loose with at least six coronal mass ejections (CMEs) -- solar phenomena that can send solar particles into space and affect electronic systems in satellites -- from 7 PM ET on September 18, 2011 ...

dateSep 22, 2011 in Space Exploration
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'Oldest star' found from iron fingerprint (Update)

As the Big Bang's name suggests, the universe burst into formation from an immense explosion, creating a vast soup of particles. Gigantic clouds of primordial soup, made mainly of hydrogen and helium, eventually ...

dateFeb 09, 2014 in Astronomy
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Fermi and Swift see 'shockingly bright' burst

A record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy has wowed astronomers around the world. The eruption, which is classified as a gamma-ray burst, or GRB, and designated GRB 130427A, ...

dateMay 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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New views of the cosmos

Though it won’t be completed until 2013, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a radio telescope observatory under construction in northern Chile, is already the most powerful and complex ...

dateNov 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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Guide: How To See NASA's Comet Crash In The Sky on July 4th

When NASA's Deep Impact slams an 800-pound projectile into Comet Tempel 1 at 23,000 miles per hour, the collision should create quite a splash. Cameras and other instruments on the main spacecraft will watch this first-ever com ...

dateJun 29, 2005 in
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Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

(Phys.org)—European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system—the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered ...

dateOct 16, 2012 in Astronomy
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Two spiral galaxies in the process of merging

At this time of year, there are lots of gatherings often decorated with festive lights. When galaxies get together, there is the chance of a spectacular light show as is the case with NGC 2207 and IC 2163

dateDec 12, 2014 in Astronomy
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Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth

During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million ...

dateOct 31, 2008 in Space Exploration
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Most Distant Water in the Universe Found

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have found the most distant water yet seen in the Universe, in a galaxy more than 11 billion light-years from Earth. Previously, the most distant water had been seen in a galaxy ...

dateDec 17, 2008 in Astronomy
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