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Friday, June 22, 2018

This Video Game Lets You Explore Mars’ Actual Surface

Alan Chan grew up thinking humans would be living in space and exploring Mars by now. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Instead, he decided to explore space on his own by creating a video game that allows people to drive around the Red Planet...
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Supermassive stars could explain globular clusters’ strange chemical compositions

Unfair as it may be, not all stars in the Milky Way are created equal. Each subset has their own unique set of characteristics, like luminosity, size, temperature, and composition. And although our galactic diversity runs deep, one classification of ...

Einstein Proven Right Even In Other Galaxies

Albert Einstein’s name is synonymous with intelligence, but he’s more than earned his rep. The man revolutionized physics when he was in his 20s and 30s. He came up with a whole new way of understanding reality, not as a fixed grid agains...
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rare intermediate-mass black hole found tearing apart star

The science community is confident in the existence of supermassive black holes, which are billions of times as massive as the Sun, and of stellar-mass black holes, which have masses only five to 30 times that of the Sun. But the existence of interme...
Monday, June 18, 2018

Globular clusters might be younger than we thought

Globular clusters are spherical associations of old stars, thought to have formed during the earliest days of our universe, nearly 14 billion years ago. They contain some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, and the same appears true for other galaxies...
Friday, June 15, 2018

The sky this week for June 15 to 24

Friday, June 15 Dwarf planet 1 Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It currently resides within the Sickle asterism in western Leo, which appears 25° high in the west after twilight...

Giant dust storm engulfs Opportunity rover

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has enjoyed major headlines lately with some new discoveries that bring us one step closer to the detection of ancient life on Mars. But while Curiosity is enjoying this well-earned moment in the spotlight, its fello...
Thursday, June 14, 2018

NEWS ALERT: ASTEROID DAY 2018

LUXEMBOURG, SILICON VALLEY — Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, has announced worldwide events for the week of 25-30 June. Co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr....

Exoplanets could easily survive in double- and triple-star systems

Over 3,700 exoplanets have been found lurking around our universe, and although each has its own unique set of characteristics, the vast majority have one thing in common: they orbit a single star. Researchers once believed that it would be near impo...

Astronomers Catch a Black Hole Devouring Star

Astronomers Seppo Mattila and Miguel Pérez-Torres usually study the natural deaths of stars, but they weren’t going to pass up the chance to investigate a stellar murder. A new paper in Science describes how they nabbed photographic evi...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star

Summary: Two independent teams of astronomers have uncovered convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around an infant star known as HD 163296. Using a new planet-finding strategy, the astronomers identified three discrete disturbanc...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Supersize me

Despite residing in it, it’s hard for us to know exactly how big the Milky Way is. But new research has found that our galaxy is bigger than previously thought. Using a large survey of stars instead of just models (as previous researchers did),...
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