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Venus Express rises again (w/video)

After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet's surface, ESA?s Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2014

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Astronomers find 7 dwarf galaxies with new telescope

Meet the seven new dwarf galaxies. Yale University astronomers, using a new type of telescope made by stitching together telephoto lenses, recently discovered seven celestial surprises while probing a nearby spiral galaxy. The previously unseen galaxies may yield important insights into dark matter and galaxy evolution, while possibly signaling the discovery of a new class of objects in space.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2014

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Sun-like stars reveal their ages

A new technique for measuring the age of a star using its spin - gyrochronology - is coming into its own. Today astronomers are presenting the gyrochronological ages of 22 sun-like stars. Before this, only two sun-like stars had measured spins and ages.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2014

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Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations to create the first high-resolution 3-D model of the expanding cloud produced by this outburst.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2014

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Laboratory models suggest that stretching forces shaped Jupiter moon's surface

Processes that shaped the ridges and troughs on the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Ganymede are likely similar to tectonic processes seen on Earth, according to a team of researchers led by Southwest Research Institute. To arrive at this conclusion, the team subjected physical models made of clay to stretching forces that simulate tectonic action.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2014

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