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New telescope could be 1000 times more powerful than Hubble

New telescope could be 1,000 times more powerful than Hubble

A new instrument being developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could be capable of capturing images up to 1,000 times sharper than those provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, officials at...

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NASA engineer developing daytime star tracker

Scott Heatwole, an engineer for NASA, is in the process of developing a low-cost precision attitude sensor or “star tracker” that would be able to locate stars and use them as points of reference in the sky during daylight hours. Dude. Sweet.

Unusual nebula discovered Mouth Of The Beast

ESO's Very Large Telescope (that's its actual name) in Chile has taken a new image of the faint cometary nebula CG4. This new image depicts the head of the nebula and resembles a menacing beast's mouth.

Gas planets could transform into habitable worlds

Planets capable of supporting life could start out as gaseous worlds similar to Neptune, only to be transformed by the combination of two phenomena that individually can inhibit their potential habitability, University of Washington astronomers have discovered in a new study.

Can you get an erection in space

This is actually kind of a serious question, especially with the populating-other-planets implication in the future.

Mars Curiosity rover back in action after software update

Curiosity is back in action following a recent software upgrade, conducting a mini-drill test to make sure that a rock target called Mojave2 is suitable for drilling at full-depth.

Space sailboat scheduled to fly in 2016

Our favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye's privately-funded spacecraft with a sail has its first mission scheduled for 2016.

Super Saturn star discovered with huge rings

Watch out Saturn, there's a new star in town. A huge star has been discovered with rings 200 times bigger and brighter than Saturn's, and a recent eclipse allowed for scientists to gather more intel on this galactic super star.

Astronomers discover oldest planetary system ever

Astronomers have discovered the oldest known planetary system ever – a star that is more than 11 billion years old and orbited by at least five rocky planets that are all smaller than Earth.

Armchair astronomers help NASA identify mysterious space

Citizen scientists scanning thousands of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope helped NASA scientists discover mysterious objects which have now been identified as a phase of massive star formation, officials at the US space agency announced on Tuesday.

Studying Jupiters atmosphere with cube satellites

In an effort to reduce the risks of studying the atmosphere around Jupiter, a team of researchers is preparing a fleet of miniature cube satellites that would each collect data in one specific field, according to a new International Journal Space Science and Engineering study.

Is Rosettas comet falling apart

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission is currently visiting the "Rubber Ducky" comet and newly released images show a meter-wide crack running over 100 meters (328 feet) along the comet’s "neck" that could lead to its disintegration.

Mysterious white spot found on Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is nearing Ceres, and new images show a puzzling white spot on its surface.

RC helicopter to be used to navigate Mars

The most exciting thing you'll read all day: NASA is developing an RC helicopter designed to fly over Mars and scout ahead for rovers. (Need we say more?)

WATCH LIVE as an asteroid passes by Earth

At 11AM EST, asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass close enough to Earth to see. Unfortunately/fortunately, this will not be close enough to see with the naked eye, but you can go to Slooh.com and watch it through their live telescope (even if you're buried under three feet of snow).

New telescope seeks dust trails of other earths

Finding the next earth just got one step easier. A new NASA instrument designed to study dust in the so-called habitable zone around a star may help future missions centered around capturing images of planets similar to Earth.

How planets formed--using lasers

Scientists use laser-driving compression experiments (cool) to recreate the planetary formation process (even cooler).

Dimming quasars could reveal secrets of black holes

Someone dimmed the lights in space. Scientists observe a dimming quasar for the first time ever, and this could lead to a understanding of the mysterious black holes and their lifespans.

Evidence of past water flows discovered on Vesta

Vesta, the propoplanet visited by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from 2011 through 2013, may have once been home to short-lived flows of water-mobilized material – a discovery which could have tremendous implications for the field of planetary science, according to the US space agency.

New data reveals much about Rosettas comet

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has five basic but diverse categories of terrain type, as well as 19 distinct geomorphological boundaries, according to early data obtained by the ESA’s Rosetta mission and published in a special edition of the journal Science.


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