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XMM-Newton Finds Missing Intergalactic Material

(ESA) – 20 June 2018  After a nearly twenty-year long game of cosmic hide-and-seek, astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have finally found evidence of hot, diffuse gas permeating the cosmos,

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NASA outlines its plans to deal with a large asteroid impact

(NEW SCIENTIST) – 21 June, 2018.  By Chelsea Whyte.  The chances of a large asteroid ending up on a collision course with Earth are slim, but NASA is making plans for how

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Meet ‘Steve,’ a Totally New Kind of Aurora

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) – Canadian citizen scientist photographers spotted a fleeting type of aurora not seen before, dubbed “Steve,” and scientists have started working out what’s causing them. While the northern and

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NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

(NASA) – NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable

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Hunting for Runaway Worlds

(SPACE DAILY) – Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars. They are

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Event Horizon Telescope Ready to Image Black Hole

(BBC) – Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole. They have built an Earth-sized “virtual telescope” by linking a large

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Dwarf Star 200 Light Years Away Contains Life’s Building Blocks

(SPACE DAILY) – Many scientists believe the Earth was dry when it first formed, and that the building blocks for life on our planet – carbon, nitrogen and water –

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SF State Astronomer Searches for Signs of Life on Wolf 1061 Exoplanet

(SPACE DAILY) – Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It’s

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Extreme Astronomy Unlocks Cosmic Secrets From the South Pole

(SEEKER) – The South Pole Telescope is perfectly located to gaze deep into the universe, but it takes a hardy group of astronomers to live there over the winter.  By

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Weird Wave Found in Venus’ Wind-Whipped Atmosphere

(SCIENCE NEWS) – With scorching temperatures and a mind-numbingly slow rotation (one Venus day lasts 243 Earth days), Venus was already a contender for weirdest planet in the solar system.

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