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NASA discovers Earth-like planet in Habitable Zone

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Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has found an Earth-sized planet within the habitable zone of the star it orbits, the space agency announced Thursday. The planet, which NASA calls Kepler-186f, is located in the constellation Cygnus, about 500 light-years... 

Blood Moon Tetrad Cycle Begins

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For the first time in more than two years, Americans will have a chance to see a total lunar eclipse, an event made even more exciting by the fact that a very rare “blood moon” will also be viewable in the sky. The lunar eclipse will begin early Tuesday morning at 12:53 a.m. EDT, when the Earth will start to move in between the sun and the moon. Once the... 

Russia regrets NASA halting cooperation, experts warn of impact on ISS work

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Russia has expressed its regrets over NASA’s decision to halt cooperation with its Russian counterpart. However, experts agree that the measure will affect NASA and mutual international work, but will not significantly harm Russia. “Well, this is a US decision,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday, commenting on NASA’s decision... 

Vatican Astronomers Ramp Up Their Search For “Brother Extraterrestrial”

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Why in the world is the Vatican searching for extraterrestrial life? Does the Catholic hierarchy know something about alien life that the rest of us do not? Why is the largest religious organization on the planet spending so much time and energy looking for “brother extraterrestrial”? Earlier this month, the Vatican Observatory cosponsored a major conference... 

American astronomer discovers Earth-like planet orbiting Red Dwarf

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A new, Earth-like, inhabitable planet has been discovered outside our solar system by American astronomer Thomas Barclay. The planet is almost the same size as Earth – just one-tenth bigger – and is orbiting a Red Dwarf star. The planet orbits around an M1 Red Dwarf, or small and relatively cool, star, where liquid (including water) can exist. Such planets... 

Hubble records Asteroid break-up into 10 pieces

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This series of Hubble Space Telescope images reveals the breakup of an asteroid over a period of several months starting in late 2013. The largest fragments are up to 180 meters (200 yards) in radius. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many... 

NASA reveals hovering prototype planetary lander Morpheus

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NASA’s latest test vehicle may not survive in its current form going forward, but its ability to hover like a helicopter and land on tough terrain could prove integral to future missions to Mars and other interplanetary locations. Dubbed “Morpheus,” the new rocket prototype was successfully tested last week at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing... 

Supermassive Milky Way black hole to consume gas cloud

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Artists impression of gas cloud G2 falling onto Sag A* As gas cloud G2 speeds towards Sagittarius A*, a supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s center, astronomers are getting ready to have some of their questions answered. At least the devouring, expected in March-April, promises to be a spectacular view. As Sagittarius A* is located almost 26,000 light years... 

NASA’s spacecraft videos eruption on Jupiter’s Io

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A NASA spacecraft sees a volcanic explosion on Jupiter’s third-largest moon. Incredible footage of an eruption on Io, Jupiter’s third moon, considered the most volcanic place in the solar system, has been released by the US space agency. The video, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, pictures a drama that unfolded more than 6.2 million km away from Earth... 

US Air Force reveals ‘neighborhood watch’ satellite program

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The United States plans to send into orbit a pair of satellites to monitor spacecraft from other countries, as well as to track space debris, the head of Air Force Space Command said. The US Air Force lifted the veil of secrecy on its previously classified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP), which will operate in conjunction with ground-based... 

1 in 4 Americans don’t know Earth circles Sun

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The nation that put the first man on the Moon is failing to make the grade today when it comes to basic knowledge of the solar system and other fundamental scientific insight. That’s according to a new survey which concludes that while most Americans have a world of information at their fingertips, and show tremendous enthusiasm for new technology, they also... 

NASA images show possible flowing water on Mars

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This image, released on Feb. 10, 2014, combines a photograph of seasonal dark flows on a Martian slope with a grid of colors based on data collected by a mineral-mapping spectrometer observing the same area. Scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say new clues have emerged about the presence of flowing water on the surface... 

Australia’s SkyMapper telescope discovered oldest known star

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Star discovered to be the oldest ever found, by Dr. Stefan Keller with the SkyMapper telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia. Australian astronomers are positive they’ve discovered the most ancient star to date. Being practically three times older than our Sun, the old-timer star could serve as a prototype... 

Billion-pixel Gaia telescope takes its first picture

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First light: The young star cluster NGC1818 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, taken as part of calibration and testing before the science phase of the Gaia telescope mission begins. Europe’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus as it begins its mission to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way begins. Launched in December, the... 

NASA’s curiosity Mars rover to risk climbing sand dune

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A new photo from the Mars Curiosity rover shows it on the edge of a sand dune and US engineers have decided to risk driving Curiosity over the dune so it can continue to an area of fresh bedrock known as KMS-9 to do some drilling. In order to get to the area engineers have called KMS-9, Curiosity will have to enter a small valley known as the Dingo Gap and... 
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