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The Giant Magellan Telescope is being built in Chile by a consortium of nations. It should see first light in the early 2020s. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope appeared first on Universe…
02.28 / 00:39
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Planets are thought to form in the disks of dust and gas found around young stars. But astronomers have struggled to assemble a complete theory of their origin that explains how the initial dust develops into planetary systems. A French-UK-Australian team now think they have the answer, with their simulations showing the formation of 'dust traps' where pebble-sized fragments collect and stick together, to grow into the building blocks of planets. They publish their results in Monthly…
02.28 / 00:39
phys.org
In a nail-biting final round, the school's team took first place and will move on to the national…
02.27 / 23:36
www.jpl.nasa.gov
On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so…
02.27 / 23:36
www.jpl.nasa.gov
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced Monday plans to send two paying "private individuals" on a week-long flight around the moon and back to Earth by the end of next…
02.27 / 23:36
spaceflightnow.com
It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low-Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous…
02.27 / 23:36
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ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possi…
02.27 / 23:36
www.esa.int
The private spaceflight company has already received a deposit from two would-be space tourists who hope to fly in late 2018 - if the spacecraft is…
02.27 / 23:31
newscientist.com
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Breaking News - Elon Musk, billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX, announced today (27 Feb) a daring plan to launch a commercial manned journey to beyond the Moon and back in 2018 flying aboard an advanced crewed Dragon spacecraft paid for by two private astronauts - at a media telecon. The post Elon Musk Announces Daring SpaceX Dragon Flight Beyond Moon with 2 Private Astronauts in 2018 appeared first on Universe…
02.27 / 23:30
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Two private citizens have already paid a 'significant deposit' to reserve seats on the spaceflight company's nascent Falcon Heavy rocket -- Read more on…
02.27 / 23:30
scientificamerican.com
Evidence of planetary debris surrounding a white dwarf and its substellar companion has been found by a University College London-led international team of astronomers. The discovery is remarkable because the debris appears to be rocky and suggests that terrestrial planets might exist in this exotic system. The binary system in question is called SDSS J155720.77+091624.6…
02.27 / 23:30
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According to a study led by University of Exeter researcher Daniel Cox, people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. Dr. Cox and his colleagues from the University of Maryland, the University of Queensland in Australia, the British Trust for Ornithology and the…
02.27 / 23:30
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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has delivered a stunning snapshot of the strange giant galaxy UGC 12591. Classified as an S0/Sa galaxy, UGC 12591 sits somewhere between a lenticular and a spiral galaxy. Also known as LEDA 71392 and 2MASX J23252175+2829425, UGC 12591 lies just under 400 million light-years away from us in the westernmost…
02.27 / 23:30
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Pointillism — a painting technique in which dots are used to create the illusion of a larger image — was developed in the 1880s by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. However, a team of archaeologists led by New York University Anthropology Professor Randall White has now found evidence of this technique thousands of years earlier…
02.27 / 23:30
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SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next…
02.27 / 22:22
phys.org
When the universe was young, a supermassive black hole—bloated to the bursting point with stupendous power—heaved out a jet of particle-infused energy that raced through the vastness of space at nearly the speed of lig…
02.27 / 22:22
phys.org
(Clemson University) When the universe was young, a supermassive black hole heaved out a jet of particle-infused energy that raced through space at nearly the speed of light. Billions of years later, a trio of Clemson University scientists has identified this black hole and four others similar to it that range in age from 1.4 billion to 1.9 billion years…
02.27 / 21:46
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A new study from the Tokyo Institute of Technology has shown how crystallization in the Earth's core may be what drives its magnetic field. The post This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field appeared first on Universe…
02.27 / 21:20
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Hankering to discover new solar systems or understand our own? These citizen science projects and public data troves will help you fill your free time. The post Find New Worlds, Film an Eclipse & Do Some Citizen Science! appeared first on Sky &…
02.27 / 21:20
skyandtelescope.com
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #498. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry […] The post Carnival of Space #498 appeared first on Universe Today…
02.27 / 19:03
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