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Earth-like planet discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri

Astronomers have found evidence of an Earth-mass planet, with a temperature suitable for the existence of liquid surface water, orbiting in the habitable zone of the star closest to Earth, Proxima Centauri, according to new research published Thursday in the…

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Newly discovered star unlocks the secret of massive star formation

Astronomers recently hit the jackpot when they discovered a massive star still in the process of forming. Measuring about 30 times the size of our Sun and still growing, the star could help scientists learn about how some of the…

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NASA finds fossilized riverbeds on Mars

Although the planet is now cold and barren of water, the discovery of an extensive fossilized system of riverbeds suggests that Mars had once possessed a warm, wet climate, according to new research published in the Geological Society of America…

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NASA lost a probe in space for two years– and they just reconnected

After a 22-month long search, NASA was able to re-establish contact with STEREO-B Sunday evening, locking onto the spacecraft’s signal using its Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking tool and receiving its transmissions for the first time since October 1, 2014.…

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Get ready: America will see its first Total Solar Eclipse since 1979 in 2017

Mark your calendars, astronomy enthusiasts: in less than one year, the majority of people living in the US will be treated to the best solar eclipse of their lifetimes, as the event will be visible in all of North America,…

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Venus-like exoplanet has oxygen, but no life

Even if a Venus-like exoplanet discovered last year has an oxygen-based atmosphere, this doesn't mean the planet can support biological life, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) cautioned in a new study. In fact, according to Seeker and the Science…

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Scientists get first look at nova before, during, and after explosion

Astronomers have successfully observed and captured images of a tiny white dwarf star with a low and unstable mass-transfer rate both before and after it exploded as a classical nova for the first time, according to research published earlier this…

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Study finds Earth-like planet within our reach

We've identified thousands of planets outside our solar system, including a couple hundred that appear to be capable of supporting life. Almost all of them are hundreds or thousands of light years away – too far for humans to get…

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Study finds how much of your tan comes from outside the galaxy

Suntans and summertime go together like peanut butter and jelly, as the more time people spend outdoors swimming, playing sports, lying on the beach or cutting the grass, the greater amount of time they spend being exposed to rays originating…

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Chasms on Titan are filled with liquid methane, study finds

Data gathered by NASA’s Cassini probe revealed the dark chasms on Saturn’s moon Titan are filled with liquid methane, according to a new report in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The new study focused on channels branching out from the large…