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Filed under: eclipse, history
Solar eclipses come around so infrequently, it feels like a historic event just to even witness one. But some eclipses from history have taken on a greater significance than the mere darkening of the sun. They've ended wars, inspired righteous upri…

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Filed under: dark matter
You wouldn't want to take a trip to the center of the Milky Way. There are a lot of wild and dangerous things there, including a spewing fountain of antimatter. But worry, you're safe to learn about this massive, violent plume of doom from a distan…

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Filed under: Exoplanets, Findings, death moon, mimas
In this view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on 13 February 2010, Herschel Crater dominates Mimas, making the moon look like the Death Star in the movie "Star Wars." Mimas was discovered by the astronomer William Herschel on 17 September 1789.…

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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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Filed under: Space, Exoplanets
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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