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Hubble spots ‘Dark Vortex’ on Neptune

For the first time this century, NASA scientists can confirm that a dark vortex has been spotted in Neptune's atmosphere, as the new feature is clearly visible in images obtained last month by the Hubble Space Telescope, US space agency…

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The universe is ‘crowded’ with black holes, study finds

A new study has found there are areas of the universe that are littered with black holes, and these massive objects are merging all the time. Published in the journal Nature, the new study projected numerous black hole collisions that…

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Scientists make first observation of Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

For the first time, astronomers using a new instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have conducted observations of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, officials from the facility announced early Thursday…

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NASA discovers unexpected new mineral on Mars

The surprising discovery of a mineral volcanic mineral on Mars forces scientists to rethink the volcanic history of the Red Planet, researchers from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and their colleagues report in a new study. Writing in the latest edition…

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Scientists watch ‘dormant’ black hole consume a star

For the first time, astronomers have conducted detailed observations of a tidal disruption event involving a once-dormant supermassive black hole – a breakthrough which could soon make it possible to reliably measure the spin of these gravitationally-dense regions of spacetime.…

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First ‘wind nebula’ spotted around rare magnetar

Astronomers have identified a vast cloud of high-energy particles known as a “wind nebula” around an unusual ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, according to a new report in The Astrophysical Journal. The first discovery of such a phenomenon provides a…

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Electric field stripped Venus of its ocean, study finds

In what is being hailed as an “amazing” and “shocking” discovery, researchers at NASA and University College London (UCL) have discovered an “electric wind” around Venus that may have played an essential role in stripping the oceans from the planet’s…

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Blue Origin launches and lands future space tourism capsule

The New Shepard rocket and space capsule, belonging to billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, were successfully launched and returned to Earth on Father's Day. This was Blue Origin's fourth successful test of a reusable rocket, an achievement that Bezos puts down in no small…

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Newly discovered young planet gives insight into planet formation

Planet creation is an intricate and tumultuous sequence that remains largely unknown. The recent discovery of a very young planet, reported in the journal Nature, could provide tantalizing new clues as to how planets are established. Astronomers have identified more…

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NASA finds ‘Quasi-moon’ orbiting around Earth

It looks like our Moon may have a companion, as NASA has revealed a tiny asteroid buzzing in an orbit around Earth, like a small pilot fish swimming near a Great White shark. Dubbed 2016 HO3, the asteroid orbits the Sun…