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NASA seeks picometer accuracy

Finding and characterizing dozens of Earth-like planets will require a super-stable space telescope whose optical components move or distort no more than a few picometers—a measurement smaller than the size of an atom. ...

dateJul 19, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Kepler confirms more than 100 planets in single trove

An international team of astronomers have discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds. The researchers achieved this extraordinary discovery of exoplanets by combining NASA's K2 mission data with follow-up observations ...

dateJul 18, 2016 in Astronomy
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Warm Jupiters not as lonely as expected

After analyzing four years of Kepler space telescope observations, astronomers from the University of Toronto have given us our clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called "Warm Jupiters", showing that many ...

dateJul 14, 2016 in Astronomy
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A 'matryoshka' in the interstellar medium

As if it were one of the known Russian dolls, a group of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, (IAC) has found the first known case of three supernova remnants one inside the other. ...

dateJul 14, 2016 in Astronomy
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China completes world's largest radio telescope

Boasting half a kilometre in diameter, it is the largest telescope dish in the world to date. The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which has been under construction in the Guizhou Province in south-west ...

dateJul 11, 2016 in Astronomy
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Hubble captures the beating heart of the Crab Nebula

Peering deep into the core of the Crab Nebula, this close-up image reveals the beating heart of one of the most historic and intensively studied remnants of a supernova, an exploding star. The inner region sends out clock-like ...

dateJul 07, 2016 in Astronomy
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