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Black Hole Discovered Which Emits Brilliant Light

When a recently-discovered black hole was discovered which emits brilliant light, scientists were baffled, and scrambled to explain how a black hole could shine with such brilliance. According to a new study, the black-hole system called ULX-1 in the nearby Pinwheel Galaxy is twice as bright as astronomers had believed one could ever be. via […]

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Comet ISON Fizzles as it Rounds the Sun | NASA

Comet ISON went around the sun on Nov. 28, 2013. Several solar observatories watched the comet throughout this closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. While the fate of the comet is not yet established, it is likely that it did not survive the trip. via Comet ISON Fizzles as it Rounds the Sun […]

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Second Solar System Like Ours Discovered

A team of European astronomers has discovered a second solar system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found. It includes seven exoplanets orbiting a star with the small rocky planets close to their host star and the gas giant planets further away. The system was hidden within the wealth of data from […]

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NASA’s lunar probe gets to work studying moon’s atmosphere – Computerworld

LADEE is scheduled to spend 100 days collecting data on the moon’s atmosphere, giving scientists information they hope will help them better understand the planet Mercury, asteroids and the moons orbiting other planets. Studying the moon’s atmosphere is LADEE’s primary mission, but it already has completed another task. About a month after launch, the spacecraft […]

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New spacecraft to investigate moon mystery | www.ktvu.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries. Crews reported seeing an odd glow on the lunar horizon just before sunrise. The phenomenon, which prompted a notebook sketch by Apollo […]

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NASA Working on Earth to Moon Laser Communication [Video]

NASA aims to revolutionize the method by which they communicate throughout space, through implementation of a laser transmission system. Theoretically, the new comms system will permit considerable bandwidth, facilitating the return of 3-Dimensional, high definition signals back to Earth. NASA’s preliminary tests are set to center around two-way communications lasers between the Earth and the […]

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A one-way ticket too tempting to ignore: 165,000 apply for mission to colonise Mars – despite no chance of them ever returning to Earth – Science – News – The Independent

A one-way ticket to another planet where there is no air, no water or food – and certainly no return home – may not sound like a lot of fun, but to 165,000 people the opportunity to live permanently on Mars has been too tempting to ignore. via A one-way ticket too tempting to ignore: […]

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