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Hubble Rocks with a Heavy-Metal Home
This 10.5-billion-year-old globular cluster, NGC 6496, is home to heavy-metal stars of a celestial kind! The stars comprising this
Anticrepuscular Rays over Colorado
What’s happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring tha
Up and Over
Cassini orbited in Saturn’s ring plane — around the planet’s equator — for most of 2015. This enabled a se
Cirrus over Paris
What’s that over Paris? Cirrus. Typically, cirrus clouds appear white or gray when reflecting sunlight, can appear dark at s
Sagittarius Sunflowers
These three bright nebulae are often featured in telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of t
Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don’t know it?
Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly
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Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge
Today the Sun reaches its northernmost point in planet Earth’s sky. Called a solstice, the date astronomically marks a chang
NASA Releases Earth Monitoring ‘CubeSats’ Cube-shaped Satellites
More CubeSats are due to be deployed today contributing to humanitarian and environmental research. The crew is also continuing bi
VIDEO: NASA inflates new ISS module
Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) has finally reached its goal. Following a failed first attempt, NASA has successfully in
Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of the ‘Prime Directive’
NASA’s chief scientist recently announced that “…we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a deca
Kepler Confirms 1,284 Exoplanets Outside Solar System
A study published yesterday in the Astrophysical Journal by a group of researchers confirms an additional 1,284 exoplanets have be
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Astrobiologists Use Biosignature Gases To Search For Aliens
Professor Sara Seager of Massachusetts Institute of Technology says her team of scientists is looking for biosignatures from gases

Mars and Earth are getting closer together
On May 30, our cold, red sandy neighbor outside Earth’s orbit is getting very close to us, at least for a short duration of
Disturbing Mars Weather Concerns NASA About Affects of Sun Spots On Earth
Recently, NASA revealed about some sensitive details concerning massive storms that destroyed Mars’ atmosphere. They went on to
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Stripped Hot Super-Earths Discovered by Astronomers
Astronomers from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy in the United Kingdom have recently identified
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Jupiter Known To Have Three Suns In Its Sky
Scientists at the Smithsonian have discovered a giant planet with three suns and which is 685 light years from us. They said that
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Making And Eating A Burrito In Space
Burritos, one of human life’s greatest achievements, should clearly be enjoyed under any conditions, and being in outer spac
Earth Compared To Largest Known Star NML Cygni
Comparing the planet you live on to the size of other celestial bodies has got to be one the biggest mind-blowing experiences a hu
Earth Might Have Hairy Dark Matter
The solar system might be a lot hairier than we thought. A new study publishing this week in the Astrophysical Journal by Gary Pr
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Finding Pluto: the hunt for Planet X
Our solar system’s shadowy ninth (dwarf) planet was the subject of furious speculation and a frantic search for almost a century
NASA probe “phones home” after surviving flyby with Pluto
Cheers and applause greeted the news that NASA probe New Horizons had made radio contact with flight controllers following its fly
Historic close-ups of Pluto and its moon Charon present puzzle for scientists
After a decade-long journey by the New Horizons spacecraft through our solar system, we can finally add Pluto and its main moon Ch
Beyond Pluto: New Horizons’ mission is not over yet
When New Horizons phoned home this morning (Australian time) after its close encounter with Pluto, there was jubilation and excite
NASA has closest view of Pluto
Nathanelle Brusk Displayed with permission from @Fact New images of Pluto have arrived from a NASA space probe, and they’re