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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

Aug. 19, 2015 — Open star clusters like the one seen here are not just perfect subjects for pretty pictures. Most stars form within clusters and these clusters can be used by astronomers as laboratories to study how ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — New work provides surprising new details about the trigger that may have started the earliest phases of planet formation in our solar ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — The moon's thin atmosphere contains neon, a gas commonly used in electric signs on Earth because of its intense ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey, using one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, have discovered eight more faint celestial objects hovering near our Milky Way ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — A spectacular galaxy collision has been discovered lurking behind the Milky Way. The closest such system ever found, the galaxy is only 30 million light years away. It has been dubbed ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Several exploding stars have been found outside the cozy confines of galaxies, where most stars reside. These wayward supernovae are also weird because they exploded billions of years before their ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — One of the best ways to learn how our solar system evolved is to look to younger star systems in the early stages of development. Now, a team of astronomers has discovered a Jupiter-like planet ... read more

New Tools for Predicting Arrival, Impact of Solar Storms

Aug. 11, 2015 — When the sun hurls a billion tons of high-energy particles and magnetic fields into space at speeds of more than a million miles per hour and the 'space weather' conditions are right, the ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Data from the NASA New Horizons Mission hint that Pluto may still be geologically active, a theory that could explain how Pluto's escaping atmosphere remains flush with ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Astronomers studying more than 200,000 galaxies have measured the energy generated within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before. This represents the most comprehensive assessment ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Astronomers have found a new planet orbiting in the 'habitable zone' of two stars, the 10th 'circumbinary' located by NASA's Kepler Mission. The planet, named Kepler-453b, is ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — Mars turned cold and dry long ago, but researchers have discovered evidence of an ancient lake that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface water ever to exist on the Red ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — The evening of Wednesday 12 August into the morning of Thursday 13 August sees the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. This year, a new moon makes prospects for watching this natural ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Astronomers have uncovered a unique process for how the universe's largest elliptical galaxies continue making stars long after their peak years of star birth. Hubble Space Telescope's ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Astronomers have produced the best constraint ever of the gravitational constant measured outside of our Solar ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of test images shows the ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — Astronomers have discovered a giant swirling disk of gas 10 billion light-years away -- a galaxy-in-the-making that is actively being fed cool primordial gas tracing back to the Big Bang. The finding ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — A new, large-scale computer simulation has shown for the first time that large disk galaxies, much like our own Milky Way, may have existed in the early days of the universe. The simulation shows ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilising drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of the period after the Big Bang explain how it, hydrogen and helium were synthesised in ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — In a breakthrough study, an international team of scientists has solved an age-old scientific riddle by discovering that planetary rings, such as those orbiting Saturn, have a universally similar ... read more

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