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Accelerating universe? Not so fast

A University of Arizona-led team of astronomers found that the type of supernovae commonly used to measure distances in the universe fall into distinct populations not recognized before; the findings have ...

dateApr 10, 2015 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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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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10 facts about the Milky Way

The Milky Way Galaxy is an immense and very interesting place. Not only does it measure some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, it is home to planet Earth, the birthplace of humanity. Our Solar System ...

dateDec 04, 2014 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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Black Holes Aren't So Black

Common wisdom holds that we can never see a black hole because nothing can escape it - not even light. Fortunately, black holes aren't completely black. As gas is pulled into a black hole by its strong gravitational force, ...

dateOct 03, 2005 in
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Earth's past, made visible

New visualizations of the Earth from space provide a unique image of how the Earth has changed over the past 750 million years.

dateMay 23, 2011 in Astronomy
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Black holes spinning faster than ever before

(PhysOrg.com) -- Two UK astronomers have found that the giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are on average spinning faster than at any time in the history of the Universe. Dr Alejo Martinez-Sansigre ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Astronomy
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