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Van Allen Probes show how to accelerate electrons

One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts. Recent data from the Van Allen Probes - two nearly identical spacecraft that launched in 2012 - address this question.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2014

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NASA seeks proposals for Europa mission science instruments

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. Selected instruments could address fundamental questions about the icy moon and the search for life beyond Earth.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2014

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Out of an hours-long explosion, a stand-in for the first stars

Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars. If this interpretation is correct, the outburst validates ideas about a recently identified class of gamma-ray burst and serves as a stand-in for what future observatories may see as the last acts of the first stars.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2014

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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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