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Want To Name A Planet?


Here is your chance to name a planet. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) — the authority responsible for assigning official names to heavenly bodies–is entering its historic “final stage” of The NameExoWorlds contest. As of August 12, the public voting ...

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Black Hole Too Big For Its Galaxy

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A monster black hole has just been discovered. According to a study published in the journal Science, astronomers have located a massive black hole that appears to have affected the growth of the galaxy. Now known as CID-947, the super ...

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Habitable Super-Earth Gliese 581 Probably Does Exist

This artist’s conception shows the extrasolar planet Gliese 581d. Image credit: Tyrogthekreeper / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Astronomers Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé from the Queen Mary University of London and Dr Mikko Tuomi from the University of Hertfordshire have dismissed claims made last year that one of the exoplanets orbiting a nearby star called Gliese 581 was a ...

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Largest Black Hole Ever Discovered 13 Billion Light-Years From Earth

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Scientists have discovered the largest black hole ever seen, about 13 billion light-years away from Earth, a new study says. The gigantic black hole is located in the center of the brightest quasar in the early Universe, named SDSS J0100+2802, ...

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Comet Lovejoy Expected to Dazzle Night Sky For 2 Weeks in January

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Comet Lovejoy is preparing to showcase its best and brightest two weeks for viewing. From about January 7th through the 24th, the comet is predicted to be glowing at 4th magnitude – bright enough that skywatchers with clear, dark skies ...

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First Thermonuclear Fireball Exploding Images Allow Scientists to Track Event

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Astronomers have captured the first time lapse images of a thermonuclear fireball exploding out of a nova star, allowing for tracking of the event as it unfolds. An international team of researchers worked in conjunction to map the nova eruption, ...

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Showers Of Meteors Will Fill The Sky! Don’t Miss Out!

Exocomets and various planet-formation processes around Beta Pictoris, a very young A-type main-sequence star (NASA artist's conception).

Breathtaking sightings around  nearby stars offers a glimpse of our own solar system billions of years ago. The evening of October 20th to the early morning of October 21st, 2014, get outside, somewhere with no light pollution, and look for ...

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NASA Announces Plans to Mine Water on the Moon

NASA Announces Plans to Mine Water on the Moon - photo from Wikipedia

NASA has announced its plan to mine water on the moon as scientists are in the development stages of conceptualizing missions to retrieve water from space. Scientists at NASA are in the process of developing missions that target exploiting water ...

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Moon Will Pass 3 Celestial Bodies


According to various online sources such as Daniel B. Caton, physics and astronomy professor and director of observatories at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, Sunday, August 3 will be very special for those who like to see the moon ...

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Saturn’s Moon Titan Has Salty Sea


According to new findings just published in this week’s edition of the journal Icarus, NASA’s Cassini Mission has brought to light new evidence of an actual ocean inside Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. Furthermore, the ocean in question might even be ...

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