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Astronomers Discover an Ancient Solar System That's Very Similar to Our Own

Kepler-444 could help pinpoint when planets started to form

14 hours ago from TIME

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This Exoplanet's Ring System Puts Saturn to Shame

A newly discovered planet makes Saturn's famed ring collection look downright tiny by comparison. Astronomers from the Leiden Observatory in Netherlands discovered a planet encircled by a ring ...

Tue 27 Jan 15 from Discover Magazine

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VLT image: The mouth of the beast

Like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature, the cometary globule CG4 glows menacingly in this new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope. Although it appears to be big and bright ...

13 hours ago from

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Some potentially habitable planets began as gaseous, Neptune-like worlds

Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets—tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity—might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, ...

3 hours ago from

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Scientists study surface composition of asteroid 2004 BL86 during close flyby of Earth

Planetary Science Institute researchers Vishnu Reddy and Driss Takir studied the surface composition of near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 during its close flyby of Earth earlier this week.

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NASA engineer advances new daytime star tracker

Scientists who use high-altitude scientific balloons have high hopes for their instruments in the future. Although the floating behemoths that carry their instruments far into the stratosphere ...

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Stellar astronomers answer question posed by citizen scientists: 'What are yellowballs?'

Some four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the tell-tale bubble patterns of star formation noticed something else.

Tue 27 Jan 15 from

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Disney's Indiana Jones reboot could star Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt is on a roll. He was the perfect choice to voice Emmett in The Lego Movie, then he helped save the galaxy as Star-Lord. And after he does battle with dinosaurs […]

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A new instrument to study the extreme universe—the X-Ray polarimeter X-Calibur

What are the high-energy processes in the Universe that occur in the immediate vicinity of a black hole? To study a question like this one cannot simply utilize a high-resolution telescope. ...

8 hours ago from

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Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer is Out

Will this reboot finally make the grade?  Film Fantastic Four Interstellar Josh Trank X-Men Marvel

17 hours ago from TG Daily

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