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Hubble solves cosmic 'whodunit' with interstellar forensics
On the outskirts of our galaxy, a cosmic tug-of-war is unfolding-and only NASA's Hubble Space Telescope can see who's winning.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:56:12 GMT

TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds
To determine the composition of the TRAPPIST-1 planets, the team used a unique software package that uses state-of-the-art mineral physics calculators. The software, called ExoPlex, allowed the team to combine all of the available information about the TRAPPIST-1 system, including the chemical makeup of the star, rather than being limited to just the mass and radius of individual planets.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:56:12 GMT

A star disturbed the comets of the solar system 70,000 years ago
About 70,000 years ago, a small reddish star approached our solar system and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids. Astronomers have verified that the movement of some of these objects is still marked by that stellar encounter.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:56:12 GMT

Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions
A new theory about how oceans and volcanoes interacted during the early history of Mars supports the idea that liquid water was once abundant and may still exist underground. Geophysicists propose that the oceans originated several hundred million years earlier than thought, as the volcanic province Tharsis formed, and that greenhouse gases enabled the oceans. The theory predicts smaller oceans, more in line with estimates of water underground and at the poles today.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:56:12 GMT

A 'Feel-Good Moment for Science': Volunteers Spot the Sun's Newest Neighbor
Citizen scientists have spotted a failed star, known as a brown dwarf, just 100 light-years from the sun., Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

Don't Let an Old Myth Prevent Your Child from Seeing the Solar Eclipse
Joe Rao's second book, "Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing," debunks an old myth about solar eclipses and teaches kids (and parents) how to safely experience this amazing event., Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

What's Next for NASA's New Astronaut Class?
NASA has welcomed a dozen more people into its astronaut family, but the new additions aren't ready to launch just yet., Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

How Old is the Universe?
The universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old., Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness
The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle. At first glance, this galaxy appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, much like the Milky Way, but first appearances can be deceptive!
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station (Update)
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, on a mission to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station with new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

Video: Huygens' descent to Titan
On December 25, 2004, the piggybacking Huygens probe was released from the 'mothership' Cassini spacecraft and it arrived at Titan on January 14, 2005. The probe began transmitting data to Cassini four minutes into its descent through Titan's murky atmosphere, snapping photos and taking data all the while. Then it touched down, the first time a probe had landed on an extraterrestrial world in the outer Solar System.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

How old is our moon?
Most scientists agree that the Earth has pretty much always had its moon. Details of the moon's composition (in particular the "isotopic mixture" of heavier and lighter versions of various elements) are too similar to the Earth's for it to have been captured from somewhere remote. However, some compositional details differ enough to rule out the idea that the moon is simply a chunk of the Earth that broke loose.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

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