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Cosmic quiver: Saturn's vibrations create spirals in rings

Astronomers know that gravity from Saturn's various moons tug at the planet's rings and make spirals in them. But the catalyst for certain spiral patterns has been difficult to pin down. Now, two Cornell astronomers have determined the source: Saturn itself.

Posted: Jun 11th, 2013

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Black hole naps amidst stellar chaos

Nearly a decade ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory caught signs of what appeared to be a black hole snacking on gas at the middle of the nearby Sculptor galaxy. Now, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which sees higher-energy X-ray light, has taken a peek and found the black hole asleep.

Posted: Jun 11th, 2013

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A journey to the active Sun

Four years after its first mission, the Sunrise team is preparing the balloon-borne solar observatory for a second flight.

Posted: Jun 7th, 2013

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The floodwaters of Mars

Dramatic flood events carved this impressive channel system on Mars covering 1.55 million square kilometres, shown here in a stunning new mosaic from ESA's Mars Express.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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Astronomers gear up to discover Earth-like planets

As part of an international team of exoplanets hunters, astronomers at the University of Arizona are developing a technique to detect faint dust clouds around other stars, many of which might hide Earth-like planets.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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'Dust trap' around distant star may solve planet formation mystery

Based on a treasure trove of recent discoveries, astronomers now know that planets are remarkably plentiful in our galaxy and may be common throughout the Universe. Though planets appear to form readily, the actual process of planet formation remains a mystery and astronomers are searching for the missing pieces to this cosmic puzzle.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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Lightest exoplanet imaged so far?

Nine years after ESO's Very Large Telescope captured the first image of an exoplanet, the planetary companion to the brown dwarf 2M1207, the same team has caught on camera what is probably the lightest of these objects so far.

Posted: Jun 3rd, 2013

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NASA to launch equipment for 3D manufacturing in space

In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station.

Posted: May 31st, 2013

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