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12/08/2017 09:10 PM
Too Big, Too Soon. Monster Black Hole Seen Shortly After the Big Bang

An international team of astronomers, using multiple observatories, have found the youngest and most distant quasar to date.

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12/08/2017 07:27 PM
Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn’t Venus Have a Magnetosphere? Maybe it Didn’t Get Smashed Hard Enough

A new study lays out why Venus doiesn't have a magnetic field like Earth's. Basically, it may come down to the impact that formed the Moon.

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12/07/2017 10:32 PM
Astronauts in Trouble Will be Able to Press the “Take Me Home” Button

Massachusetts-based engineering company Draper recently filed a patent for a navigation system that will be able to bring astronauts home if they get in trouble

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12/07/2017 04:51 AM
The Space Station is Getting a New Gadget to Detect Space Debris

The Space Debris Sensor (SDS) aboard the International Space Station is allowing scientists to characterize the orbital debris environment

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12/06/2017 07:50 PM
Weekly Space Hangout – Dec. 6, 2017: Brian Koberlein and “Big Science”

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg ChartYourWorld.org) Special Guests: Regular viewers of the Weekly Space Hangout will remember Brian as one of our regular weekly contributors. Today he joins us as our Special Guest to […]

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12/06/2017 04:43 AM
Two new Super-Earths Discovered Around a Red Dwarf Star

While examining a previously-discovered exoplanet, an international team of astronomers discovered a second Super-Earth around the star.

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12/05/2017 07:58 AM
What is the Transit Method?

Of the many methods used to detect extra-solar planets, the most widely-used and effective is the Transit Photometry

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12/04/2017 12:37 AM
A New Survey Takes the Hubble Deep Field to the Next Level, Analyzing Distance and Properties of 1,600 Galaxies

A new survey using the ESO's Very Large Telescope found 72 never-before-seen galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field data.

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12/03/2017 09:32 PM
There Could be Hundreds More Icy Worlds with Life Than on Rocky Planets Out There in the Galaxy

According to a new study by members of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, there could be

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12/01/2017 09:43 PM
Juno Isn’t Exactly Where it’s Supposed To Be. The Flyby Anomaly is Back, But Why Does it Happen?

Using the Juno mission's orbit of Jupiter, a team of scientists has developed a possible explanation for the long-standing "flyby anomaly"

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