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A laser from a space ant

An international team of astronomers have discovered an unusual laser emission that suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at the heart of the spectacular Ant Nebula.

Posted: May 16th, 2018

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Hubble detects helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b. This is the first time this element has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. The discovery demonstrates the ability to use infrared spectra to study exoplanet extended atmospheres.

Posted: May 2nd, 2018

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Self-assembling telescope eyes discovery of new exoplanets

A modular space telescope, nearly 100 feet across, composed of individual units launched as ancillary payloads on space missions over a period of months and years, units that will navigate autonomously to a pre-determined point in space and self-assemble.

Posted: May 1st, 2018

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Molecular evolution: How the building blocks of life may form in space

In a laboratory experiment that mimics astrophysical conditions, with cryogenic temperatures in an ultrahigh vacuum, scientists used an electron gun to irradiate thin sheets of ice covered in basic molecules of methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide. These simple molecules are ingredients for the building blocks of life.

Posted: Apr 25th, 2018

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