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Mars, Earth, And Sun All Set To Form Cosmic Alignment Called An ‘Opposition’

Mars, Earth, And Sun All Set To Form Cosmic Alignment Called An ‘Opposition’

By Val Powell April 7, 2014

A rare astronomical event that takes place about every 26 months is set to happen on Tuesday, April 8th. Dubbed an “Opposition of Mars”, this spacial phenomenon involves the alignment of Mars with the Earth every 778 days. On this …

No “Planet X” Found in WISE Data No “Planet X” Found in WISE Data

For decades before Pluto, Eris, and other distant objects in our solar system were discovered, astronomers had posited that there must be another planet beyond Neptune that would make observed orbital calculations for Neptune and Uranus add up. This planet …

Distant Black Hole Spin Measured by Astronomers Distant Black Hole Spin Measured by Astronomers

Astronomers this week revealed that the spin of a very distant black hole has been directly measured. The new measurement is part of a new report published this week in the journal Nature and should help cosmologists further investigate the …

Huge Weather Explosions Observed on Venus Huge Weather Explosions Observed on Venus

Researchers this week announced that they have uncovered a striking phenomenon on the planet Venus. Using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft, scientists have observed giant weather explosions coming from the top of Venus’ atmosphere. The explosions are …

New Research Reveals Supernova Secrets New Research Reveals Supernova Secrets

Supernovae seem easy enough to understand. Stars age, using up all of their fusion fuel and burst in a fiery display that helps to create the wide variety of elements seen throughout the universe. The trouble is, astronomers don’t yet …

Asteroid 2014: A 2 Million Mile Near-Miss Asteroid 2014: A 2 Million Mile Near-Miss

A couple million miles may not sound like much of a “close call” with an asteroid. But compare it to the vast and empty light years upon light years surrounding this oxygenated rock ball we ride around on in infinite …

Yet Another Early-Universe Galaxy Has Been Spotted Yet Another Early-Universe Galaxy Has Been Spotted

Astronomers this week revealed that yet another galaxy from the very early universe has been spotted. The galaxy, dubbed Abell2744_Y1, is estimated to have existed just 650 million years after the big bang, which took place 13.8 billion years ago. …

“Wobbly” Planet Spotted in Binary Star System “Wobbly” Planet Spotted in Binary Star System

NASA this week revealed that the Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a planet with a very erratic orbit. The planet, named Kepler-413b, orbits around a pair of stars and performs what astronomers are describing as a wobble as its spins. …

NASA Crowdsources WISE Data Mining NASA Crowdsources WISE Data Mining

NASA this week announced a new website, DiskDetective.org. The website allows visitors to help NASA researchers cull through data to help uncover young systems that could one day spawn planets. “Through Disk Detective, volunteers will help the astronomical community discover …

Water Vapor Discovered on Dwarf Planet Ceres Water Vapor Discovered on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Astronomers today announced that water vapor has been detected around Ceres. Ceres is the largest object in our solar system’s asteroid belt and has been classified as a dwarf planet, like Pluto. The discovery is the first time water vapor …

New Planets Found Among Star Cluster New Planets Found Among Star Cluster

Astronomers this week have announced the discovery of three planets found within the Messier 67 star cluster. The finding is significant because planets have rarely found orbiting stars that are part of star clusters. The new research shows that planets …

Astronomers Spot Stars Soaring Out of the Galaxy Astronomers Spot Stars Soaring Out of the Galaxy

Astronomers this week revealed that they have discovered a new type of star traveling fast enough to leave the Milky Way galaxy. The stars, dubbed “hypervelocity stars,” are different than other stars found traveling at such speeds as they did …

Massive Planet-Like Object Baffles Astronomers Massive Planet-Like Object Baffles Astronomers
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Astronomers this week announced the discovery of an odd object orbiting a star located around 440 light years from our solar system. The object’s size and position is now giving scientists trouble in determining what exactly it is. The object, …

Hubble Spots Cloudy Atmospheres on Two Exoplanets Hubble Spots Cloudy Atmospheres on Two Exoplanets

On the eve of a new year, astronomers have just revealed that two nearby exoplanets are covered in an atmosphere thick with clouds. Two new papers, both to be published in the journal Nature, examine the planets GJ 436b and …

China Moon Landing: Jade Rabbit Touches Down China Moon Landing: Jade Rabbit Touches Down
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China made history on Saturday by successfully landing its first unmanned spacecraft on the moon. The Chang’e-3  reached the moon at about 9.12 p.m Saturday and delivered “Yutu”, nicknamed “Jade Rabbit”. Yutu is a solar powered, six-wheeled robotic rover, equipped with …

Argon Hydride Detected in Crab Nebula Argon Hydride Detected in Crab Nebula

Researchers this week revealed that a rare molecule has been spotted in the Crab Nebula. The molecule, Argon Hydride, was found in data collected by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory, which ran out of coolant and ended …

Water Vapor Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Water Vapor Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

New research published this week in the journal Science Express has revealed that there is water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter‘s moon Europa. The vapor was detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope over the moon’s south pole. Though the …