astronomy

How Bright is Your City?

artificial light is responsible for a sizable portion of all nighttime electricity consumption. Identifying areas where light could be more efficiently used will make it possible to save energy...

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Nuclear Isotopes Show Where The Life Is

How star dust - the remnants of exploded stars - plays a role in the formation of life-supporting planets...

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Newly-Observed Planet-Forming Binary System

Observations on a planet-forming system which is only a few million years old and lies about 450 light-years from Earth...

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Oxygen Before Life Existed. How?

Oxygen can be formed in one step by using a high energy vacuum ultraviolet laser to excite carbon dioxide...

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Moony Miranda around Uranus

Miranda appears to have experienced an episode of intense resurfacing that resulted in the formation of at least three remarkable and unique surface features...

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The Lightning Storms of the Moon

Periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters....

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Telescope Alert : Venus and Jupiter

the closest planet pairing of 2014 -- and not just any planets, but the two brightest ones: Venus and Jupiter...

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NASA Finds Interstellar Stardust

If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust....

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Searching for Dirty Aliens

Advanced civilizations. Would they leave any detectable signs?...

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The Sky’s X-ray Glow Explained

The soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system...

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New Light on Dinosaur Extinction

A long-standing debate about the source of the asteroid that impacted the Earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs has been put to rest...

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The Taste of Moonshine

NASA scientists have created a new recipe that captures key flavors of the brownish-orange atmosphere around Saturn's largest moon, Titan...

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Jupiter’s Shrinking Red Spot

Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth — is shrinking. ...

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Extra Terrestrials or just a Dirty Lens?

the search for life on planets outside our own is possible if done the right way....

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Water Everywhere. Even on Other Planets

Water has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system with a new technique that could help researchers to learn how many planets with water, like Earth, exist ...

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Desert Diamonds Point to Crashed Comet

Comets contain the very secrets to unlocking the formation of our solar system and this discovery gives us an unprecedented opportunity to study comet material first hand...

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Bizarre Nebulae Alignment

The alignment we're seeing for these bipolar nebulae indicates something bizarre about star systems within the central bulge...

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Natural Particle Accelerator Found

Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space...

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Star factories found in old galaxies

Using entire galaxies as gigantic gravitational lenses, UA astronomers have obtained new measurements of some of the oldest galaxies in the universe and... Star Factories !...

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Mariko Mori : Royal Academy

What would happen if I sat in the same gallery space at the Royal Academy, gazing and pondering this work for a whole hour? Here’s how it went:...

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Diamond Planet Discovered

The study estimates that at least a third of the planet's mass — the equivalent of about three Earth masses — could be diamond....

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NASA Deep Space Image

Astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind’s deepest-ever view of the universe....

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Rare Grooves: The Dropa Discs

‘The stone disks you have mentioned do not exist; but, being extraneous objects in this museum, they were relocated.’ The discovery of a mass grave containing dwarfish skeletons with abnormally...

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Is space like a chessboard?

Physicists at UCLA set out to design a better transistor and ended up discovering a new way to think about the structure of space. Space is usually considered infinitely divisible — given any...

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