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The three surprises of 'Oumuamua

One of the defining moments in planetary astronomy in 2017 is that this is the year we discovered the first astronomical object to enter the Solar System from interstellar space. Now known as `Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "scout"), ...

dateFeb 05, 2018 in Space Exploration
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Project Blue and the quest to photograph exoplanets

The world's collective imagination to answer the age-old question, "Are we alone," has been reignited now that we understand exoplanets – planets in orbit around stars other than Earth's Sun – are not uncommon. There's ...

dateOct 24, 2017 in Astronomy
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Why we need a new type of SETI instrument

Imagine this scenario: On a world orbiting a neighboring star, a society more advanced than our own has used large telescopes to survey all the planets within a few hundred light-years.  In this sample of a million worlds, ...

dateJul 18, 2017 in Astronomy
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