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Kepler finds new exoplanet as it starts new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope shows that it still has life in it as its extended mission begins to bear fruit. This week, the space agency announced that the spacecraft detected a new exoplanet, ...

21 hours ago from Gizmag

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Europa's geysers disappear in a cloud of mystery

Plumes of water from Jupiter's moon Europa have not reappeared since their discovery – and evidence now suggests they may not have existed to begin with

21 hours ago from Newscientist

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Origin of 'theta aurora'—long-standing space mystery—revealed

A University of Southampton researcher has helped solve a long standing space mystery - the origin of the 'theta aurora'.

Thu 18 Dec 14 from

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Jabba the Hutt snowflakes: Dreaming of a 'Star Wars' Christmas

Deck the halls with "Star Wars" snowflakes of Jabba the Hutt, Greedo, Han Solo, Captain Rex, wampas, X-Wings and Space Slugs.

14 hours ago from CNET

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Chandra weighs most massive galaxy cluster in distant universe

( —Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have made the first determination of the mass and other properties of a very young, distant galaxy cluster.

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SDO captures images of two mid-level flares

The sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful ...

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'Interstellar': A Sci-Fi Film with Plenty of 'Ifs'

In 'Interstellar,' science had a front seat.

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How to think about… Alien contact

First, try not to think about what alien life might be like. Then wonder whether we have any chance of finding it (full text available to subscribers)

Thu 18 Dec 14 from Newscientist

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Blue fairy lights brighten up a stellar city

STARSTUFF PHOTO OF THE WEEK: This amazing image of brilliant blue and contrasting red giant stars are the young, open star cluster Messier 47, which is located approximately 1600 light years ...

Thu 18 Dec 14 from ABC Science

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NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft rides interstellar tsunami wave

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is currently riding the wave of an interstellar tsunami, as it continues its historic march out of our solar system. The tsunami emanated from our Sun, and was the ...

Wed 17 Dec 14 from Gizmag

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