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Don’t miss the rare ‘Black Moon’ in the sky this friday

Skywatching enthusiasts could have the opportunity to see a rare phenomenon Friday night, as the Western Hemisphere will see its second new moon of the month for the first time in at least two years, according to Space.com and other…

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Elon Musk unveils SpaceX’s ambitious Mars colony plans

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has made no secret of his desire to establish a human colony on Mars, but what had been lacking were details of how he hoped to make it happen – until Tuesday, that is, when he…

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NASA discovers evidence of massive water jets on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Images captured using the Hubble Space Telescope seem to confirm that the water plumes first discovered on Europa back in 2012 are real, NASA officials announced on Monday – good news for the possibility of Europa harboring alien life. These…

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NASA: ‘New study shows Mercury is shrinking’

A new NASA-funded study appearing in the October edition of the journal Nature Geoscience has found previously undiscovered cliff-like landforms on Mercury – a discovery which appears to indicate that the planet, like Earth, is currently a tectonically active world.…

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Team models liquid ocean under Pluto’s surface

When NASA’s New Horizons probe zoomed past Pluto, it did more than just give us a close-up look at the dwarf planet. It also sparked a debate about a liquid ocean lurking under the planet's icy surface crust. Now, a…

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Big win for NASA: Congress mandates a mission to Mars

The US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has passed a bipartisan bill that authorizes spending for a manned mission to Mars, but there’s a caveat: NASA must launch said mission within the next 25 years, the first time such…

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China officially fires up world’s largest radio telescope

The largest radio telescope in the world, a $180 million dollar project that was started back in 2011, was completed and began operations this weekend at a location in southwestern Guizhou Province, China, the Xinhua News Agency and other media…

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SpaceX discovers the cause of their rocket’s explosion

A “large breach” in the upper stage helium pressurization system caused a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster to explode earlier this month, destroying both the rocket and its $200 million satellite payload,  the California-based aerospace firm has announced. According to USA Today…

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The universe is expanding faster than we thought, study finds

The universe is expanding quicker than we expected from observations of the cosmos soon after the Big Bang, according to new data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope. If the Gaia data has been interpreted properly, scientists would…

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Hubble telescope finds exoplanet orbiting binary star system

For the first time, researchers have confirmed the existence of a three-body system, using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope to locate a planet orbiting two stars in a system located 8,000 light-years away towards the center of the galaxy, officials…