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A New Twist in the Dark Matter Tale

Perseus Cluster: A New Twist in the Dark Matter Tale An innovative interpretation of X-ray data from a galaxy cluster could help scientists understand the nature of dark matter. The finding involves a new explanation for a set of results …

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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity The bright areas of Occator Crater — Cerealia Facula in the center and Vinalia Faculae to the side — are examples of bright material found on crater floors on Ceres. This is a …

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IAU Approves 86 New Star Names From Around the World

  IAU Approves 86 New Star Names From Around the World The International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Star Names formally approved 86 new names for stars, which are now in the IAU stellar name catalogue. The catalogue now contains …

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Eclipse 2017: Science from the Moon’s Shadow

A team of NASA-funded scientists led by Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute used telescopes mounted on a pair of NASA jets to extend their observation time of the Sun’s corona, seen here in green-wavelength visible light. Credits: NASA/SwRI/Amir …

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Visualizing galaxy orbits in the local supercluster

Orbits of galaxies in the Local Supercluster. Credit: Brent Tully.   Visualizing galaxy orbits in the local supercluster A team of astronomers has produced the most detailed map ever of the orbits of galaxies in our extended local neighborhood, showing …

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JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

A JPL CubeSat named ASTERIA was deployed from the International Space Station on November 21. It will test the use of CubeSats for astronomy research. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech   JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy Tiny satellites called CubeSats have …

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A New Spin to Solving Mystery of Stellar Companions

  A New Spin to Solving Mystery of Stellar Companions Researchers measure the spin rates of bodies thought to be either planets or tiny “failed” stars Taking a picture of an exoplanet—a planet in a solar system beyond our sun—is …

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