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Tangled threads weave through cosmic oddity

New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the intricate structure of the galaxy NGC 4696 in greater detail than ever before. The elliptical galaxy is a beautiful cosmic oddity with a bright core wrapped in system of dark, swirling, thread-like filaments.

Dec 1st, 2016

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Stellar simulators

Astrophysicists will use a supercomputer to explore the driving forces behind mass loss in massive stars.

Nov 22nd, 2016

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Mystery solved behind birth of Saturn's rings

A team of researchers has presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations. The results of the simulations are also applicable to rings of other giant planets and explain the compositional differences between the rings of Saturn and Uranus.

Nov 15th, 2016

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Atomic beltway could solve problems of cosmic gravity

A new theoretical paper suggests that intentionally creating a 'traffic jam' out of a ring of several thousand ultracold atoms could enable precise measurements of motion. If implemented with the right experimental setup, the atoms could provide a measurement of gravity, possibly even at distances as short as 10 micrometers.

Nov 14th, 2016

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Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars

The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists.

Nov 11th, 2016

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Supermoon? Meh. It may be closer, but it won't be super duper

NASA,, Sky and Telescope magazine, observatories everywhere - just about any entity with a stake in the night sky - have been busy telling us how great the full moon will be Nov. 14 because the satellite will be closer to Earth than it's been for almost 70 years. But to the casual observer, the moon will look little different from any other full moon.

Nov 10th, 2016

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