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A moon made of cheese

Jupiter's moon Io is like a huge ball of fondue in space: friction-induced heating from intense gravitational forces keep its...

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Welcome to the family

Looks like we've found another dwarf planet in our solar system: 2012 VP113. I think we need to give it a more welcoming name...

Today, astronomers announced the discovery of 2012 VP113, a world that, assuming its reflectivity is moderate, is 280 miles (450...…

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Inflation explained

Jon Kaufman + Jorge Cham give a wonderful comic-format overview of cosmic inflation.

Like any good theory, inflation needed to make a prediction that could be tested directly.

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Degree-scale B-mode CMB polarization detected

Today, John Kovac and Clem Pryke announced tremendously exciting results on behalf of the BICEP2 collaboration. The BICEP2 experiment,...

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Big announcement by the CfA on Monday

Has one of my colleagues at the CfA (and his team of collaborators) detected gravitational waves? We'll have to wait until Monday...

Gravitational waves are the last untested prediction of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. They are minuscule ripples in the...…

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Hungry hungry galactic center

A sizeable cloud of gas and dust is headed straight toward the center of our galaxy: directly into the mouth of the supemassive black...

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Running Chicken

Fantastic detail in this Astronomy Photo of the Day of the Running Chicken Nebula by Fred Vanderhaven. After staring at this for a few...

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