'Faster-Than-Light' Illusion Could Help Unveil Cosmic Secrets
A strange "faster-than-light" experiment could help astronomers study distant objects like NGC 2261, a fan-shaped cloud of gas and dust that is illuminated by a star at its base.
January 27th, 2015
A "faster-than-light" experiment could be a real-world tool for studying the cosmos, according to research presented this month at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.
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NASA Probe Snaps Amazing New Views of Dwarf Planet Ceres (Photos, Video)
A zoomed-in view of the dwarf planet Ceres, seen from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) by the Dawn spacecraft on Jan. 13, 2015. The image hints at the presence of craters and other features on Ceres' surface.
January 21st, 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured amazing new images of the dwarf planet Ceres ahead of the probe's March 6 arrival at the giant space rockk. See the images here.
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Sweet! Deep-Space Sugars May Reveal Clues About Origins of Life
Analogs of Deep Space Ice
January 15th, 2015
Sugars may form in the types of ice found in deep space — a finding that could help to explain how comets and meteorites could have seeded the primordial Earth with key ingredients for life.
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Mountain-Size Asteroid Flies By Earth Today: Watch It Online
This image shows the path of Asteroid 2004 BL86 through the sky on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. Skywatchers with a backyard telescope should be able to see the large space rock in the sky.
January 26th, 2015
A huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon. You can see the space rock's flyby live online.
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New Telescope in Chile Now Searching for Alien Planets
The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) at Paranal
January 20th, 2015
A new alien-planet–hunting telescope has just come online in Chile, and it could help scientists peer into the atmospheres of relatively small planets circling nearby stars.
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Milky Way's Monster Black Hole Unleashes Record-Breaking X-ray Flare
Record-Breaking Outburst from Milky Way's Black Hole
January 13th, 2015
The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy recently spit out the largest X-ray flare ever seen in that region, astronomers reported this week at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
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Zap! Laser Blasts Shed Light on Cores of Alien Planets
Laser-driven shock compression of stishovite was used to study the melting temperature of silica deep inside the mantle of rocky exoplanets and the core of giant planets.
January 23rd, 2015
Using laser blasts, scientists have recreated the extreme temperatures and pressures found inside "super-Earth" exoplanets as well as in icy giants such as Neptune and Uranus, shedding light on what the interiors of these exotic worlds are like.
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National Geographic: First Glimpse of the Hidden Cosmos
National Geographic, Timothy Ferris, dark matter, dark energy
January 16th, 2015
Dark matter and dark energy can't be seen, but that doesn't mean they don't yield stunning images.
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Hubble Telescope Captures Best View Ever of the Andromeda Galaxy
Sharpest View of Andromeda Galaxy
January 9th, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new viewof the Andromeda Galaxy. The new mosaic image represents the sharpest and largest mosaic image of the Milky Way's galactic neighbor ever taken, Hubble officials said.
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