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Astronomy

The ‘Stuff’ of the Universe Keeps Changing

Phys.org – Laura Arenscheld – 1 February 2019 – The composition of the universe—the elements that are the building blocks for every bit of matter—is ever-changing and ever-evolving, thanks to the

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Hubble Fortuitously Discovers a New Galaxy

Pys.org – 30 January 2019 – Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 have made

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Edgar Allan Poe, Poet, Essayist… Cosmologist?

BIG THINK – Scott Hendricks – 30 January 2019: In 1848, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a book outlining his theory of everything. Modern readers will find many familiar concepts, including

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House Spending Bill Fires Warning Shot at James Webb

SPACE NEWS – 18 January 2019 – WASHINGTON — A new appropriations bill the House plans to vote on next week would provide $21.5 billion for NASA in 2019 but

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Dark Matter May Have Formed Ancient Black Holes

FUTURISM – Jon Christian – 24 January 2019 – Researchers have long wondered what led to the formation of the universe’s most ancient supermassive black holes — cosmic monsters so old

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Astronomers Watch as Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Disintegrates

FUTURISM – 21 Jan 2019 – Dan Robitzski – About 800 light years away, a massive exoplanet is having a hard time keeping itself together. And we mean that literally —

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Skywatchers See “Super Blood Wolf Moon”

BBC – 21 January 2019 – A lunar eclipse, which some are referring to as a “super blood wolf moon”, has delighted skywatchers around the world. During the spectacular event,

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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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