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NASA shuts down Kepler, ending nine years of planet-hunting

After nine years, NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler mission came to a final end Thursday as the space agency sent the radio commands ordering the onboard computer to shut down the unmanned ...

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Evidence of aliens? What to make of research and reporting on 'Oumuamua, our visitor from space

As an astrophysicist, probably the most common question I get asked is: "Are we alone in the universe and do aliens exist?"

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The dance of the small galaxies that surround the Milky Way

An international team led by researchers from the IAC used data from the ESA satellite Gaia to measure the motion of 39 dwarf galaxies. This data gives information on the dynamics of these galaxies, ...

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The 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend! Here's What to Expect

Come early Sunday morning (Nov. 18), the famous Leonid meteor shower will reach its peak, with lesser numbers expected on the preceding and following mornings.

3 hours ago from Livescience

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Brightest-known galaxy is cannibalizing its three neighbors

If the extremely faint, nearby "ghost" galaxy Antlia 2 had an exact opposite, it would be W2246-0526. This galaxy sits 12.4 billion light-years from Earth – almost the entire radius ...

19 hours ago from Gizmag

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These Two New 'Rogue Planets' Wander the Cosmos Without Stars

Astronomers think they’ve just discovered two more rogue planets wandering the Milky Way alone. And according to the new study, which is set for publication in the journal Astronomy & ...

5 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Parker Solar Probe singed but safe after historic close encounter with the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has reported back alive and well after passing closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. At 4:46 pm EST on November 7, 2018, mission control at the Johns ...

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Gizmag

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"Disney+" service a year away from streaming shows

The Walt Disney Company will launch a "Disney+" streaming service in the United States late next year, boosting it with live-action shows spun from hit "Star Wars" and Marvel hero films.

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Newfound, Tiny Sun is Among the Oldest Stars in the Universe

One of the oldest stars in the universe is quietly hiding out in the Milky Way some 2,000 light-years from Earth. According to a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal, the tiny, ...

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Discover Magazine

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Gravitational waves from a merged hyper-massive neutron star

For the first time astronomers have detected gravitational waves from a merged, hyper-massive neutron star. The scientists, Maurice van Putten of Sejong University in South Korea, and Massimo ...

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