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Astronomers conduct first remote reconnaissance of another solar system (w/video)

Researchers have conducted a remote reconnaissance of a distant solar system with a new telescope imaging system that sifts through the blinding light of stars. Using a suite of high-tech instrumentation and software called Project 1640, the scientists collected the first chemical fingerprints, or spectra, of this system's four red exoplanets, which orbit a star 128 light years away from Earth.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2013

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NASA supports Extreme Universe Space Observatory

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded $4.4 million to a collaboration of scientists at five US universities and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to help build a telescope for deployment on the International Space Station in 2017.

Posted: Mar 8th, 2013

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Distance to nearest galaxy measured

A team of astronomers have managed to improve the measurement of the distance to our nearest neighbor galaxy and, in the process, refine an astronomical calculation that helps measure the expansion of the universe.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2013

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New evidence that comets could have seeded life on Earth

I's among the most ancient of questions: What are the origins of life on Earth? A new experiment simulating conditions in deep space reveals that the complex building blocks of life could have been created on icy interplanetary dust and then carried to Earth, jump-starting life.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2013

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Gravitational telescope creates space invader mirage

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most powerful available to astronomers, but sometimes it too needs a helping hand. This comes in the form of Einstein's general theory of relativity, which makes galaxy clusters act as natural lenses, amplifying the light coming from very distant galaxies.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2013

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