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Very Rare Black Hole Might Be Missing Link In Evolution

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Very Rare Black Hole May Be ‘Missing Link’ In Evolution. Using observational data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network, the research team identified what astronomers call an “intermediate-mass black hole” (IMBH). Black ...

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Supernova Reveals Origins of Cosmic Dust

Rising from a sea of dust and gas like a giant sea horse, the Horsehead Nebula, located in the constellation of Orion, is a cold, dark cloud of gas and dust. The bright area at the top left-hand edge is a young star still embedded in its nursery of gas and dust. Radiation from this hot star is eroding its gaseous birthplace. A massive star located outside Hubble's view is sculpting the top of the Horsehead itself in a similar way.

Rising from a sea of dust and gas like a giant seahorse, the Horsehead nebula is one of the most photographed objects in the sky. NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took a close-up look at this heavenly icon, revealing the cloud's intricate structure. This detailed view of the horse's head is being released to celebrate the orbiting observatory's eleventh anniversary. Produced by the Hubble Heritage Project, this picture is a testament to the Horsehead's popularity. Internet voters selected this object for the orbiting telescope to view.

The Horsehead, also known as Barnard 33, is a cold, dark cloud of gas and dust, silhouetted against the bright nebula, IC 434. The bright area at the top left edge is a young star still embedded in its nursery of gas and dust. But radiation from this hot star is eroding the stellar nursery. The top of the nebula also is being sculpted by radiation from a massive star located out of Hubble's field of view.

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Cosmic dust is crucial to the birth of stars and rocky planets, and provides the elemental ingredients for life. But its origin is obscure. Many astrophysicists think that dust is forged during the explosive supernova deaths of massive, short-lived stars, ...

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8 New Goldilocks Planets That Could Have Alien Life Found

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Scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) recently reported that they identified eight new exoplanets orbiting their host stars in the so-called “Goldilocks” zone. Researchers also said that many of these objects have an increased chance to be Earth-like, ...

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Study: 2 Planets Larger Than Earth, Beyond Pluto Orbit Sun

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A new study has unveiled that there are at least two more planets orbiting the sun, larger than the size of Earth, far beyond Pluto’s orbit. The research is published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The ...

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Out Of This World Exoplanet Posters Stir Public’s Curiosity

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Washington: NASA has released three exoplanet posters in order to stir the public’s curiosity about exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope. The three posters – created by Joby Harris and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ...

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Scientists Recreate What Might Be Life’s Very First Spark

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  Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth. The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding ...

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Can Human DNA Survive Outside Our Planet And Repopulate In Space?

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An experiment to test the durability of DNA by seeing whether it could survive re-entry through the Earth’s atmosphere in a rocket has shown that it can indeed survive even the harshest of conditions. Undertaken by the University of Zurich ...

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Solar System’s Formation Clues Uncovered By Primeval Meteorite Magnetic Fields.

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Probably the most precise laboratory measurements made of magnetic fields held in grains inside a primeval meteorite are providing significant clues to the way the early solar system developed. The recent study states that, “Shock waves moving with the cloud ...

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NASA: Once in 8 Million Years, Mars Gets Hit By Meteor Storm

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  NASA on Friday said comet Siding Spring, which whizzed past Mars on October 19th, caused an intense meteor shower and added a new layer of ions, or charged particles, to the ionosphere. The effect of the comet on the ...

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