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Current Astronomy articles


They re big, they re bright, they re beautiful—and they shouldn t even exist, at least to our current astronomical knowledge: gargantuan spiral galaxies that make our giant Milky Way seem downright modest. Spirals are supposed to be small fry compared to the greatest giant ellipticals, which are football-shaped swarms of stars thought to be the universe’s biggest and brightest…


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Other galaxies Planets

Other galaxies Planets


Galactic cannibalism brings an exoplanet of extragalactic origin within astronomers reach An exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our Milky Way from another galaxy has been detected by a European team of astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The Jupiter-like planet is particularly unusual, as it is orbiting a star nearing…


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Space current events

Space current events


Adam Ragusea of The Pub Podcast (Photo by Laura Fong courtesy of Mercer University) If you re a public broadcasting nerd, join us for a live taping of, the weekly podcast from Current, public media s trade publication. Hosted by Mercer University journalism professor and public radio expat Adam Ragusea , The Pub is an unabashedly geeky and irreverent mix of commentary and…


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Earth Space Science current events

Earth Space Science current events


The Marston Exploration Theater is located on the ASU Tempe campus, in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. The theater employs Definiti SkySkan Planetarium technology utilizing 4K projection systems that render Earth and Space Science themes in 3-D stereographic vision. Show details The Marston Exploration Theater will feature shows of topical interest…


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Most current events

Most current events


Michael Holding kicks over the stumps at Dunedin In an act of frustration and anger at the umpire s decision of not out to a caught behind appeal, Michael Holding fumed, then walked up to the striker s end and kicked two stumps clean out of the ground. The image captured the two stumps flying out of the ground and Holding s full kick follow-through with a look of frustrating…


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Astronomical Theories

Astronomical Theories


This article was written by Jay M. Pasachoff, Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, and originally appeared in mental _floss magazine. Galileo may have been threatened with the rack during the Inquisition almost 400 years ago, but—relatively speaking—that was hardly terrifying. Whether the Earth went around the Sun (as Copernicus, Galileo and Newton thought) or vice versa…


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Scientific current events 2013

Scientific current events 2013


Story highlights NASA says there really could have been life on Mars Voyager 1 is the first human-made object to leave the solar system Scientists discover a new adorable mammal called the olinguito Asteroids pass by, and a meteor explodes over Russia It has been a thrilling year of discovery in many areas of science, but also a sobering time - federal funding cuts threaten…


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Major discoveries

Major discoveries


Venus Express discovered a surprisingly cold region high in the planet s atmosphere, where conditions may be frigid enough for carbon dioxide to freeze out as ice or snow. Although the planet s surface is like a red hot furnace, conditions are very different at an altitude of 125 km, where Venus Express revealed a very frigid layer with a temperature of around -175°C. The unexpected…


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Current research in Astronomy

Current research in Astronomy


Nova Search Discover flaring novae in nearby galaxies! There is currently a debate about the rate of novae (white dwarf stars in binary systems that undergo violent periodic surface outbursts) in different types of stellar populations — principally older stars in elliptical galaxies and the central bulges of spirals compared to younger stars in irregular galaxies and the disks…


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Recent Major events

Recent Major events


HARI SREENIVASAN: Two major disasters in two different parts of the country have sent tens of thousands of people fleeing from their homes, and caused millions of dollars in damage. Are these just freak events, or are they in some way related to climate change? William Brangham brings us the latest. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: It’s called the Blue Cut Fire, and it’s wreaking havoc in…


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Current Space events

Current Space events


Current Events in Earth Science Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two (SS2) flew over the Mojave Desert in California on September 5, 2013. It brought Virgin Galactic’s goal of flying tourists into space that much closer. The space craft had achieved its highest altitude and greatest speed on this flight. The flight demonstrated that the SS2 demonstrated its ability to take tourists…


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Current events in November

Current events in November


Here are the key events in world news for the month of November 2015. China and Taiwan Leaders Will Meet After Sixty-Six Years (Nov. 4): A meeting is announced between the presidents of Taiwan and China. They will meet this weekend for the first time since 1949, when the Chinese revolution ended. A meeting between these two Cold War rivals would have been unthinkable ten years…


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Galileo books

Galileo books


Why do we read? “A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another, ” Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful meditation on why we read and write. For Kafka, reading was “the axe for the frozen sea within us”; for James Baldwin, a way to change our destiny. “Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy…


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Most Habitable Planets

Most Habitable Planets


In the race to find a planet besides Earth that can host life, scientists have made an incredible discovery. Astronomers recently confirmed the first ever planet similar in size to Earth at distance from its own star that would allow liquid water to pool on the surface. Every once in a while scientists come across a planet that orbits within the Goldilocks zone – the range…


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New Science current events

New Science current events


Here s a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of August 2016. Scientists Create Artificial Neuron On August 3, 2016, IBM Scientists in Zurich, Switzerland publish a paper in Nature Nanotechnology revealing the creation of a technological neuron out of germanium antimony telluride to replicate biological neurons. What does this mean? It could be the…


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Galileo work

Galileo work


Young Galileo This was the climate into which Galileo Galilei emerged to pioneer a new world system. Born at Pisa, Italy, on 16 February 1564, his father, Vincenzo Galilei, was a renowned composer who instigated his own revolution in the arts by disputing the current theories on the structure of music. Galileo s questioning attitude towards authority is presumed to be inherited…


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What Planets are habitable?

What Planets are habitable?


A picture of Earth and artist s interpretations of several exoplanets that could be like our own. From left: artist s impressions of Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-452b, Kepler-62f and Kepler-186f. A picture of Earth is at far right. Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech Discovering the first true alien Earth is a long-held dream of astronomers — and recent exoplanet discoveries…


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Funny current events

Funny current events


The psychological connection between humor and tragedy Mankind has endured no greater tragedy than the Holocaust, but that hasn’t stopped comedians from joking about it over the years, nor audiences from laughing. Take a classic 2004 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm , the comedy series by Larry David, that centers on a Holocaust survivor named Solly. One night Solly comes to…


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Current articles

Current articles


Nearly 30 years after founding the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, Peter Gleick talks about California’s current drought, how it compares to past crises and how the state needs to change water-use mentality. Embers from a wildfire smolder along Lytle Creek Road near Keenbrook, Calif., on Aug. 17, 2016. Five years of drought have turned the state’s wildlands into…


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Recent universe discoveries

Recent universe discoveries


We live in a golden age of astronomy. Modern instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope and its kin have redefined modern astronomical knowledge, confirming old suspicions about the universe while revealing startling new discoveries. Here are 5 modern revelations that have reshaped our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. 5. The Number of Estimated Stars is…


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Habitable Zone Planets

Habitable Zone Planets


In a breakthrough discovery, clear evidence of at least one planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun, has been found by the international Pale Red Dot collaboration. The exoplanet – dubbed Proxima b – has a minimum mass of about 1.3 times that of the Earth and is therefore most likely a terrestrial planet with a rocky surface, and has a short orbit of around…


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