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Astronomers discover extremely hot, pitch-black exoplanet

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:41:22 +0000

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a most unusual exoplanet that absorbs 94% of the visible light given off by its host star, making it seem as if it is pitch-black in color, according to research published last week in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. This unusual world, officially known as WASP-12b, is a “hot […]

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NASA detects strongest solar flare in more than a decade

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:06:14 +0000

A pair of solar flares, including the most powerful one in more than a decade, were detected by  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory sun-monitoring probe early Wednesday morning, experts at the US space agency confirmed in an announcement released later on in the day. The first of the two flares was classified as an X2.2 flare […]

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Mountain-sized asteroid narrowly misses Earth

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:41:49 +0000

A nearly three-mile-wide asteroid originally discovered in 1981 has just made a record-breaking fly-by of Earth, passing within just 4.4 million miles (7.0 million kilometers) of our home planet on September 1, various online media outlets reported over the Labor Day weekend. According to Seeker and Space.com, the approximately 2.7-mile-wide (4.4 kilometer) space rock known […]

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Have astronomers found the ‘missing link’ of black hole evolution?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:12:12 +0000

Astronomers believe that they have discovered an enormous new black hole thought to be nearly 100,000 more massive than the sun near the center of the Milky Way, and it may be the first ever actual detection of a long-hypothesized-but-never-proven type of space-time phenomena. Writing in the journal Nature Astronomy, a team of researchers led […]

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Astronomers detect 15 unusual radio signals from space

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:18:12 +0000

The same object that in 2015 became the first ever to be observed giving off repeating fast radio bursts has now emitted more than a dozen additional signals, members of a program designed to hunt for extraterrestrial life in other parts of the universe announced earlier this week. The object, identified as FRB 121102, is […]

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Experiment changes everything we know about black holes

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:58:16 +0000

A longstanding theory describing what happens to matter before it is consumed by a black hole is wrong, according to new experiments conducted at the planet’s most powerful X-ray scanner and detailed in research published earlier this month in the journal Physical Review Letters. Black holes are regions of spacetime that have gravitational fields so […]

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Here’s why NASA is launching bacteria into the eclipse on balloons

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:44:55 +0000

As you may have heard, there’s a little thing called the Great American Solar Eclipse coming up next week , and while most people are excited because it will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible across the entire contiguous US in nearly a century, NASA plans to seize the opportunity to do […]

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The Sun’s core spins four times faster than its surface

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:08:28 +0000

For decades, astronomers have wondered if the sun’s core spins faster than its surface, and now, thanks to an international team of scientists, they have the answer: the interior makes a complete rotation in one week, which is 3.8 times faster than the middle and outermost layers. Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific […]

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Fourth grader applies to become NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:27:50 +0000

When NASA announced recently that it was seeking applicants for a new Planetary Protection Officer position – someone to keep Earth safe from alien microbes and other worlds from being contaminated by terrestrial organisms – there was no doubt that it would draw lots of interest. Among those who took the time to apply for […]

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NASA seeking Planetary Protection Officer – no tinfoil hat required!

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:29:14 +0000

If you’ve ever wanted to safeguard the Earth from the threat of the alien menace, or ensure that humanity doesn’t proliferate throughout the galaxy carelessly contaminating everything in comes in contact with – all while making a six-figure salary – NASA has the perfect job for you! As reported by CNET, BBC News and countless […]

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