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18/01/2018 07:49 PM
Astronomers Set the Limit for Just How Massive Neutron Stars Can Be

Based on recent gravitational wave research, a team of scientists from the University of Frankfurt have placed an upper limit on the mass of neutron stars

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18/01/2018 06:23 PM
Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

For the first time, a team of researchers have managed to recreate gamma ray bursts (GRBs) in the lab, opening new venues for research into cosmic phenomena

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17/01/2018 09:19 PM
Weekly Space Hangout – Jan 17, 2018: Dr. Bram Venemans and Distant Quasars

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 Guest: Dr. Venemans is a research staff scientist working at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany. His research topics include the discovery […]

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17/01/2018 08:43 PM
James Webb Wraps up 3 Months in the Freezer. It’s Ready for Space

The James Webb Space Telescope just emerged from 3 months of vacuum-chamber testing, another milestone on the road towards its deployment next year

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17/01/2018 07:28 PM
Carnival of Space #544

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #544 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry to susie@wshcrew.space, and […]

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17/01/2018 06:52 PM
Asteroid Mining is Getting Closer to Reality. Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 Satellite Just Launched

With the deployment of the Arkyd-6 spacecraft, Planetary Resources just took a major step towards making asteroid mining a reality

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16/01/2018 09:28 PM
China Has a Plan to Clean Up Space Junk with Lasers

A new study by a team of Chinese researchers considers whether a space-based laser station would be a good way to remove space junk

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16/01/2018 08:03 PM
Lava Tube Openings Found Near the Moon’s North Pole

A series of possibly "skylights" have been spotted in the Moon's norther polar region, offering possibilities for future exploration and maybe even a lunar base someday.

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13/01/2018 11:25 PM
Huge Sheets of Ice Found Hidden Just Beneath the Surface of Mars

A recent study based on data from multiple orbiters indicates that Mars has multiple sheets of subsurface ice, and they run deep!

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13/01/2018 03:58 AM
Astronomers Figure Out How Black Holes Can Blast Out Relativistic Jets of Material Across Light Years of Space

Thanks to a recent study by an international team of researchers, scientists now know why rapidly-spinning black holes blast out jets of charged particles.

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