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Dying Star Emits a Whisper

The three panels represent moments before, during, and after the faint supernova iPTF14gqr, visible in the middle panel, appeared in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy located 920 million light years away. The massive star that died in the supernova ...

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How the Seeds of Planets Take Shape

  How the Seeds of Planets Take Shape Caltech researchers discover a new mechanism for describing planet formation, stellar winds, and more In theoretical research that could explain everything from planet formation to outflows from stars, to even the settling ...

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A Universe Aglow

A Universe Aglow Deep observations made with the MUSE spectrograph on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have uncovered vast cosmic reservoirs of atomic hydrogen surrounding distant galaxies. The exquisite sensitivity of MUSE allowed for direct observations of dim clouds of hydrogen ...

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Three NASA Missions Return 1st-Light Data

Credits: NASA/MIT/TESS   Three NASA Missions Return 1st-Light Data NASA’s continued quest to explore our solar system and beyond received a boost of new information this week with three key missions proving not only that they are up and running, ...

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Extreme starburst mapped

  Extreme starburst mapped By Morten Garly Andersen It is a bit of a mystery what happens when a star 100 times more massive than the Sun explodes in a sea of lights in the far universe. But researchers have ...

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NASA’s InSight Has a Thermometer for Mars

NASA’s InSight Mars lander will carry a unique instrument capable of measuring heat flowing out of the planet. That could shed light on how Mars’ massive mountains — which eclipse Mt. Everest here on Earth — first formed.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech   ...

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Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles

The image shows the distribution of surface ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right), detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument. Blue represents the ice locations, plotted over an image of the lunar surface, where the ...

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Omega Centauri Unlikely to Harbor Life

There are colorful stars galore, but likely no habitable planets, inside the globular star cluster Omega Centauri. NASA, ESA, AND THE HUBBLE SM4 ERO TEAM   Omega Centauri Unlikely to Harbor Life Close encounters between stars in the Milky Way’s ...

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Where dose Martian dust come from?

  Where dose Martian dust come from? New study suggests much of the dust on the surface of Mars comes from a single geological formation near the planet’s equator Jill Rosen The dust that coats much of the surface of ...

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