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Long Time No ISEE-3

A group of enthusiasts have made the first contact in 16 years with a satellite launched in 1978. Truly Awesome.

With NASA funds perpetually low, using resources to make contact through the space agency was an impossibility. But last week, NASA...…

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Jupiter's Shrinking Spot

It looks like Jupiter has been using Proactiv...

It's been around for centuries, but Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking, and doing so at an accelerating rate.

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Space Junk

A nice article over at Ars about about a growing problem: space debris.

We’ve already reached the point where the growth of debris in low Earth orbit (LEO) has become self-sustaining. Human access to space...…

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Finding Aliens in Under 20 Years

Seth Shostak (SETI institute) and Dan Werthimer (UC Berkeley) have just been grilled by congress about detecting alien life, and why we...

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50th Anniversary of the CMB Discovery.

An interesting NPR article marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Arno Penzias and...

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Before the Big Bang

A great excerpt by Paul Davies, talking about common misconceptions about the Big Bang. From "Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere...

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13.7 Billion Years in 46 Seconds

NASA have just released a marvelous video of a simulation showing 13.7 billion years of galaxy formation in under a minute. Worth a watch!

See 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution in under a minute.

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Crouching Black, Hidden Wormhole

Sagitarrius A* is a super interesting object in the center of our galaxy, and we have solid evidence that it weighs a lot: it is...

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A square hole in the Sun

First we find the Sun has a sister, then we find the Sun has a square hole in it. Intriguing.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recently spotted something peculiar on the Sun: a square hole.

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Separated at birth

Move over ancestry.com: UTexas reports it has found the Sun's sister, 110 light year away.

This week, a team headed by the University of Texas reports it has found a star that “almost certainly” formed from the same cloud of gas...…

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Watch the birth of the Universe

A wonderful result from the CfA + collabs: a simulation of the Universe from birth to now. Also, watch the video.

The team dedicated five years to developing the Illustris program. The actual calculations took 3 months of "run time," using a total of...…

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Magnetic milky map

A great (and pretty) result from the Planck team: a map of the Milky Way's magnetic field.

The map presented here was obtained using detectors on Planck that acted as the astronomical equivalent of polarised sunglasses. Swirls,...…

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A single pixel

A wonderful turn of phrase in a thoughtful article about the orthogonality of religion and science, and the overwhelming scale of the...

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Astro amateur hour

A fascinating read (with lots of pretty pictures) about an oft overlooked historical figure.

But the greatest advancement of that era came not from a professional astronomer like Draper, but from a businessman and engineer whose...…

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