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From U Arizona: "Astronomers Probe Young Star and its Planets"

University of Arizona

April 20, 2015
Daniel Stolte

The LBTI (green structure in the center of the frame) between the two 8.4m mirrors of the LBT. 1,153 more words

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From U Hawaii: " A very large cold spot that has been a mystery for over a decade can now be explained"

University of Hawaii

In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. 876 more words

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From COSMOS: "The search for planets beyond Pluto"


20 Apr 2015
Richard A. Lovett

Some scientists are convinced more planets exist in our Solar System

New horizons nears Pluto, Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute… 848 more words

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From ESA: "Intense X-rays sculpt Thor’s neon-hued helmet"

European Space Agency

No Writer Credit

This brightly coloured scene shows a giant cloud of glowing gas and dust known as NGC 2359. This is also dubbed the Thor’s Helmet nebula, due to the arching arms of gas stemming from the central bulge and curving towards the top left and right of the frame, creating a shape reminiscent of the Norse god’s winged helmet. 430 more words

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From Don Lincoln at FNAL: "Complex Dark Matter"

Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

Don Lincoln

After a century of study, scientists have come to the realization that the ordinary matter made of atoms is a minority in the universe. 177 more words

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From SOFIA: "NASA’s SOFIA Finds Missing Link Between Supernovae and Planet Formation"

SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy)

March 19, 2015
Last Updated: April 18, 2015
Editor: Sarah Ramsey

Felicia Chou
Headquarters, Washington

Nicholas Veronico
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From SwRI: "SwRI-led team studies meteorites from asteroids to date Moon-forming impact"

Southwest Research Institute

April 16, 2015
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A NASA-funded research team led by Dr. Bill Bottke of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) independently estimated the Moon’s age as slightly less than 4.5 billion years by analyzing impact-heated shock signatures found in stony meteorites originating from the Main Asteroid Belt. 1,034 more words

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