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Pluto's hidden ocean

When NASA's New Horizons cruises by Pluto in 2015, the images it captures could help astronomers determine if an ocean is hiding under the frigid surface, opening the door to new possibilities for liquid water ...

dateNov 24, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Neutron stars in the computer cloud

The combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs helps astronomers take an inventory of the Milky Way. The Einstein@Home project connects home and office PCs of volunteers from around the world to a global ...

dateAug 29, 2013 in Astronomy
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International team strengthens Big Bang Theory

(Phys.org) —An international team of scientists using the most powerful telescope on Earth has discovered the moments just after the Big Bang happened more like the theory predicts, eliminating a significant ...

dateJun 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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Voyager makes an interstellar discovery

The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists reveal how NASA's Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery.

dateDec 26, 2009 in Space Exploration
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New View of Doomed Star

Eta Carinae is a mysterious, extremely bright and unstable star located a mere stone's throw - astronomically speaking - from Earth at a distance of only about 7500 light years. The star is thought to be ...

dateJun 20, 2007 in Astronomy
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Space Shuttle Replacement

It’s no secret that NASA needs a replacement for the aging STS – Space Transport System – or more commonly, the Space Shuttle. In fact, many scientists – including some of the most prestigious organizations ...

dateApr 28, 2006 in Space Exploration
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A strange lonely planet found without a star

(Phys.org) —An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth ...

dateOct 09, 2013 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateApr 12, 2007 in Astronomy
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