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03/16/2019 07:12 PM
Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life?

A new study conducted by an international team of scientists examines what the term "habitable zone" means and how next-generation telescopes will test our assumptions.

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03/15/2019 07:57 PM
SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better

The SLS rocket found its future launch manifest severely curtailed in a new budget request. This leaves the long overdue rocket with uncertain long term prospects.

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03/15/2019 03:03 PM
Progress for the Skylon. Europe agrees to continue working on the air-breathing SABRE engine

The ESA and Reaction Engines recently took another step towards the realization of the hypersonic SABRE engine.

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03/15/2019 02:12 PM
Do You See the “Cosmic Bat” in NGC 1788?

2,000 light years away, in the Orion constellation, lurks an eerie looking creature, made of glowing gas lit up by young stars: the Cosmic Bat. Its real name is NGC 1788. It’s a reflection nebula, meaning the light of nearby stars is strong enough to light it up, but not strong enough to ionize the …

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03/15/2019 12:48 PM
This Star has been Kicked Out of the Milky Way. It Knows What It Did.

Every once in a while, the Milky Way ejects a star. The evicted star is typically ejected from the chaotic area at the center of the galaxy, where our Super Massive Black Hole (SMBH) lives. But at least one of them was ejected from the comparatively calm galactic disk, a discovery that has astronomers rethinking …

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03/15/2019 09:40 AM
The Iridium Flare Era is About to End

Fast-forward to 2019, and the age of the predictable Iridium flare may be coming to an end. Already, scrolling through Heavens-Above reveals very few Iridium flares for the coming months, and these familiar nighttime flashes may become a thing of the past come 2020.

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03/14/2019 03:07 PM
New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System

Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Worlds like ‘The Goblin,’ ‘FarOut,’ and ‘FarFarOut‘ are stretching the limits of what our Solar System actually is. But finding new things in the inner Solar System is rare. “It’s not every …

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03/14/2019 10:47 AM
This is the Final Photograph from Opportunity

Sad. But beautiful. NASA has shared Opportunity’s final photograph from the surface of Mars. The rover’s final resting place is in Endeavour Crater, and barring any statistically unlikely event, it will sit there for centuries, millennia, or even longer. And instead of a tombstone, we have this final image. The image is a panorama, captured …

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03/13/2019 03:30 PM
Weekly Space Hangout: Mar 13, 2019 – Dr. Luisa Rebull, Spitzer, and Star Formation

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Luisa Rebull is an astronomer studying the properties of young stars, specifically evolution of rotation rates, disks, accretion rates, and Li abundances. She is an Associate …

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03/13/2019 03:01 PM
This is What It’ll Look Like When the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Collide Billions of Years from Now

What happens when two galaxies collide? The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision course, and in about 4.5 billion years, they will meet. Now astronomers using the Hubble have provided some visual insight into what that collision might look like. When two galaxies collide, it’s highly unlikely that any stars will …

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