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Filed under: satellite, Space
A new U.S. spy satellite roared into orbit Saturday (June 11) atop the most powerful rocket currently in operation. The National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) NROL-37 satellite launched Saturday at 1:51 p.m. EDT (1751 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Fo…

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Filed under: Aliens, Space, Exoplanets
INTRO Really. Where are all the aliens? We should have been probed, exterminated, assimilated, infected, invaded or abducted by now, shouldn't we? The Fermi Paradox ponders the lack of evidence of another transmitting intelligent civilization -- of …

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Artist's impression of an exoplanet transiting a red-dwarf star. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada Scientists searching for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life should put themselves in the aliens' shoes, a new study suggests.  Researchers have identifie…

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Filed under: telescope, Space, Stars
The Necklace Nebula is located 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagitta (the Arrow). This composite image was taken on July 2, 2011 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STS…

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Filed under: astronomy, Stars, Space
Messier 83 is currently the only one known to host two Eta Carinae-like stars. This composite image shows a galaxy ablaze with newly formed stars; a high rate of star formation increases the chances of finding massive stars that have recently underg…

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Filed under: Stars, Magnetic Fields
Stars like the sun puff up and become red giants towards the end of their lives. The red giants ('old' suns) of the same mass as the sun do not show strong magnetic fields in their interior, but for stars slightly more massive, up to 60 percent host…

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Filed under: BlackHole, Space, Findings
This image still from a video by scientists studying the black hole V404 Cygni located about 7,800 light-years from Earth shows visible light that could be viewable by stargazers with a medium-size telescope. Credit: Michael Richmond/Rochester Insti…

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Filed under: Universe, Space, BlackHole
Astronomers have found a "burping" supermassive black hole is 26 million light-years from Earth in the Messier 51 galaxy (which includes the picturesque Whirlpool galaxy). They used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to spot the monster black hole, wh…

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Filed under: satellite, Space, NASA
The artist's illustration shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in its second-chance K2 mission. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle NASA's Kepler spacecraft has bounced back nicely from the malfunction that ended its original exo…

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