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2010-08-03 06:45:00

Sky viewers might get to enjoy some spectacular Northern Lights, or aurorae, in the early morning hours of August 4th.

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2010-07-22 09:20:00

A hundred million years ago, a triple-star system was traveling through the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy when it made a life-changing misstep.

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2010-07-13 06:40:00

The question of what causes a Type Ia supernova is one of the great unsolved mysteries in astronomy.

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2010-05-25 08:50:00

For over 10 years, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has repeatedly observed the Andromeda Galaxy for a combined total of nearly one million seconds.

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2010-03-03 12:25:00

Astronomers have discovered a relic from the early universe - a star that may have been among the second generation of stars to form after the Big Bang.

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2010-02-03 11:55:00

Astronomers have found the first clear evidence of a binary quasar within a pair of actively merging galaxies.

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2010-01-27 12:44:30

For the first time, astronomers have found a supernova explosion with properties similar to a gamma-ray burst, but without seeing any gamma rays from it.

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2009-12-17 15:15:00

With NASA's Kepler mission showing the potential to detect Earth-sized objects, habitable moons may soon become science fact.

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2009-12-16 12:30:00

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth.

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2009-12-15 09:55:00

About 550 light-years from Earth, a star like our Sun is writhing in its death throes.


Word of the Day
pudic
  • Easily ashamed, having a strong sense of shame; modest; chaste.
  • Of or pertaining to the external organs of generation.
The word 'pudic' comes from French pudique, from Latin pudīcus, from pudet ("it shames"). (Wiktionary)
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