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Scientists plan to aim the world's most powerful telescopes at the 'alien megastructure star'

Posted on 10/28 20:18 in Shows | 0

That’s the idea behind SETI, and also the huge new alien-hunting Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China.Even the scientists who work on the big radio telescopes acknowledge the odds are long.

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NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

Posted on 11/03 14:31 in Shows | 0

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) comes up a lot when we talk about the very boundaries of our understanding of the cosmos.For more than a quarter century, the Hubble Space Telescope has been our best window to the wider universe, but it can only do so much.

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The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images

Posted on 12/05 16:37 in Shows | 0

The Hubble Space Telescope has been silently hovering above Earth for over 25 years, but it’s still returning spectacular images of the cosmos.Most of the famous Hubble images were taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

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The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

Posted on 12/30 15:32 in Shows | 0

It’s been a pretty great year for planetary science, too.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

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Hubble telescope to scout the Voyagers' paths through interstellar space

Posted on 01/13 18:23 in Shows | 0

Our Voyager spacecraft are boldly going where no man has gone before.Both Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977, on missions to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space

Posted on 01/20 20:15 in Shows | 0

Elsewhere in the solar system, the latest data from Pluto shows us evidence of jagged, spiky, needle-like surface features called “penitentes.Lead author John Moores says these penitentes may well be found in other locations across the solar system.

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Space rocks, a space telescope and a space station: this week in space

Posted on 01/27 21:13 in Shows | 0

Cosmochemist Philipp Heck dissolved a rock in strong acid to liberate the tiny, crystalline bits of ancient asteroid within.They’ve been collaborating with the ESA to use the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the expansion of the Universe.

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Hubble could get another repair mission after all

Posted on 02/14 22:17 in Shows | 0

The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting Earth for more than a quarter century.The last Hubble service mission was in 2009, prior to the end of Shuttle flights in 2011.

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NASA announces discovery of seven Earth-like exoplanets in a single solar system

Posted on 02/22 20:22 in Shows | 0

NASA has announced the discovery of an amazing planetary system in orbit of a nearby star consisting of seven Earth-like planets in the habitable zone.This was exciting enough to warrant a quick follow up by the Spitzer Space Telescope — TRAPPIST-1’s small size and low temperature was ideal for study with Spitzer’s infrared instruments.

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Hubble spots rogue supermassive black hole ejected from its galaxy

Posted on 03/24 20:25 in Shows | 0

Most large galaxies like our own Milky Way have a supermassive black hole in the center.It’s so common that astronomers just expect to see the telltale signs of a black hole in the heart of galaxies.

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A rocket, a rover, and a moon: this week in space

Posted on 03/25 14:08 in Shows | 0

Next week SpaceX is going to reuse its first reusable rocket, launching it from their new digs at Pad 39A.It was used in April 2016 to complete its first resupply mission of the International Space Station (including delivery of the Bigelow expandable habitat).

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NASA's new image and video library is searchable and mobile-friendly

Posted on 03/29 20:25 in Shows | 0

You can visit it right now and get access to more than 140,000 NASA images, videos, and audio files.There’s content from NASA’s endeavors in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, and of course, human spaceflight.

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New composite image shows auroras on Uranus

Posted on 04/11 21:58 in Shows | 0

In addition, Uranus has the distinction of rotating with an axial tilt of 97 degrees — almost parallel to the plane of the solar system.The above images show bright auroras glowing in the clouds of Uranus, a phenomenon that was only confirmed in 2011.

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This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

Posted on 04/22 14:36 in Shows | 0

While we’re talking about icy rocks from the outer Solar System, it would be a shame not to mention Enceladus.But unlike Earth, there’s a surprising volume of hydrogen coming out of those vents and floating off into space.

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Hubble Catches Some of the Earliest Stars Ever Formed on Camera

Posted on 07/19 19:34 in Shows | 0

The Hubble Space Telescope has been sending back iconic and stunning photos of space for decades.And not only are they some of the earliest stars we’ve ever seen, their very existence confirms some of our theories about early star formation.

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Astronomers Identify First Potential Exomoon 4,000 Light-Years Away

Posted on 07/28 21:07 in Shows | 0

After all, most planets in our solar system have at least one moon.The exoplanet in question is known as Kepler 1625b and orbits a star about 4,000 light-years away.

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Hubble Observes Alien Planet's Stratosphere for the First Time

Posted on 08/04 19:14 in Shows | 0

The Hubble Space Telescope may be old, but it’s often still the best way for astronomers to observe distant objects.Observations of this so-called “hot Jupiter” show that it has a warm stratosphere, a common trait of planets in our own solar system.

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