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Historical star data digitally available

Exposure of Andromeda nebula, taken on September 30, 1913. At this time, it was still unknown that Andromeda is a galaxy outside the Milky Way. (Credit: Hamburg Observatory/APPLAUSE) Historical star data digitally available The large-scale digitization project APPLAUSE provides historical ...

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Creating Space on Mars

Creating Space on Mars Northwestern Engineers bring deep-space construction to life as part of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Alex Gerage The first humans to visit Mars are likely alive today, and NASA is planning to send one or more of ...

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A cold super-Earth in our neighbourhood

Artist’s impression of the surface on the planet “Barnard’s Star b”. © Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser   A cold super-Earth in our neighbourhood Barnard’s star, the closest single star, hosts an exoplanet An international group of astronomers, involving the Max Planck ...

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Finding answers at a galactic fountain

Composite image of the Abell 2597 galaxy cluster showing the fountain-like flow of gas powered by the supermassive black hole in the central galaxy. (Credit: ALMA [ESO/NAOJ/NRAO], Tremblay et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, B. Saxton; NASA/Chandra; ESO/VLT)   Finding answers at a ...

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E.T., we’re home

An MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could emit a beacon strong enough to attract attention from as far as 20,000 light years away. Image: MIT News   E.T., we’re home Existing laser technology could be fashioned into ...

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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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