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From SPACE.com: "How to Find 'Strange Life' on Alien Planets"

SPACE.com

August 28, 2015
Nola Taylor Redd


This artist’s rendition of the super-Earth GJ 1214b shows it in orbit around a dim red dwarf star. If the atmosphere is thick in hydrogen, scientists may be able to spot signs of alien life. 1,168 more words

Basic Research

From SPACE.com- " Incredible Technology: How to See a Black Hole" Very Old, But Very Worth Your Time

SPACE.com

July 08, 2013
Clara Moskowitz


Theoretical calculations predict that the Milky Way’s central black hole, called Sagittarius A*, will look like this when imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope. 746 more words

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From SPACE.com: "Lagrange Points: Parking Places in Space"

SPACE.com

August 19, 2015
Elizabeth Howell


Diagram of the Lagrange points associated with the sun-Earth system

A Lagrange point is a location in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and the sun or Earth and the moon, equal the centrifugal force felt by a much smaller third body. 882 more words

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10 Things You Didn't Know About the Moon

As the full moon approaches, its growing brightness tends to capture our attention.

The full moon occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun, so that its face is fully illuminated by the sun’s light. 2,115 more words

From SPACE.com: Giant Galaxies May Be Better Cradles for Habitable Planets

SPACE.com

August 21, 2015
Charles Q. Choi


This map shows the full extent of the Milky Way galaxy – a spiral galaxy of at least two hundred billion stars. 698 more words

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From SPACE.com: "NASA Extracting Tanks from Retired Shuttle Endeavour for Use on Space Station"

SPACE.com

August 17, 2015
Robert Z. Pearlman


Photo showing the potable and waste water storage tanks on the lower deck of the space shuttle. The California Science Center is letting NASA remove the tanks from inside the shuttle Endeavour for use aboard the International Space Station. 833 more words

Applied Research & Technology

From SPACE.com: "Why Magnetars Should Freak You Out"

SPACE.com

August 14, 2015
Paul Sutter


Artist’s impression of the magnetar in star cluster Westerlund 1. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

I’ll be honest: Magnetars freak me out. 1,346 more words

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