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World’s largest telescope construction begins in Hawaii

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The construction project of the world’s biggest telescope has officially begun at the summit of a mountain on the US island of Hawaii. Several countries including Japan, China, Canada and India are slated to collaborate with the United Stated in the project. The thirty Meter Telescope is going to be a reflecting one and will be built atop a 4,000 meter mountain,... 

Mystery ‘meteor’ over Australian sky shocks everyone

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A bright object that dazzled in the sky over Australia left people confused. Social media was abuzz with the pictures of the mystery fireball, with users claiming it was either a plane crashing into the ocean or a ‘meteor.’ A round object with a burning tail was spotted in the sky over Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia at about 9:45pm local time... 

80% of light in space is missing, scientists say

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Scientists now believe that a tremendous amount of light that would otherwise be illuminating our universe is mysteriously absent. How much light exactly? According to new research conducted by a team of international scientists and funded in part by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation, around 80 percent of the universe’s light... 

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

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China is planning to land a rover on Mars by 2020 and bring back samples from the Red Planet a decade later, according to a top scientist with the country’s Lunar Exploration Program. The Mars probe will be launching an orbiter and a landing rover, Ouyang Ziyuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the chief scientists of China’s Lunar Exploration... 

NASA tests new technology for Mars landing

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This handout photo provided June 3, 2014 by NASA/JPL/Caltech shows the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. The US space agency has conducted a launch test on a saucer-shaped flying object to see whether it can land the vehicle properly in circumstances... 

Earth thunderstorms as seen from ISS

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Lightning storms over Malaysia NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas. The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from... 

World’s largest solar telescope captures HD images of sunspots

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The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) in California, site of the largest solar telescope on the planet, has issued a mesmerizing video and photos in previously unseen detail of surprisingly active plasma in the sun’s fine structures. BBSO’s New Solar Telescope (NST) possesses an unprecedented level of high resolution and enables the sharpest-ever photos... 

Big Bang theory goes up in smoke

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American astrophysicists, who previously stated that they had evidence to prove the existence of primary gravitational waves generated by the Big Bang, now say that they are not certain of their discovery. If their European counterparts prove them wrong, the question of the emergence of gravitational waves at the moment of the Big Bang will be postponed indefinitely.... 

Elon Musk plans to take people to Mars within 10 years

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​Entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk has some travel suggestions that are out of this world. The SpaceX CEO known as the brains behind the Tesla electric car says he wants to take humans to Mars during the next decade. Speaking to CNBC this week, the South African-born billionaire said that his main goal at this moment is to perfect technology that would... 

World’s largest radiotelescope completed in Chile

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Radiotelescope antennas of the ALMA ( Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) project, in the Chajnantor plateau, Atacama desert, some 1500 kilometers north of Santiago, on October 1, 2011. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s largest radiotelescope, located in the mountains of northern Chile, has received its finishing touches. The... 

Astronomers get new alien hunting tool

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The search for alien life may have received an important boost from scientists who have designed a new tool that can more effectively detect methane on other planets. Since living things produce the vast majority of the methane found on Earth, detecting the chemical compound on other planets would be the clearest, possibly easiest way to pinpoint worlds hospitable... 

‘Warp drive’: Faster-than-light NASA spacecraft

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A NASA scientist and a renowned graphic artist have teamed up to produce designs for a vessel that may someday allow human beings to travel the universe and beyond in a first-of-its-kind warp drive spacecraft faster than light. Impressive illustrations of the work-in-progress NASA’s New Design for a Warp Drive Ship” made their way to the web this week while... 

Saturn’s moon Titan ‘smells’ aromatic’ says NASA

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Titan, Saturn’s largest moon appears before the planet as it undergoes seasonal changes in this natural color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in this handout released by NASA August 29, 2012. The US space agency has come up with a recipe that captures key flavors of Saturn’s moon Titan out of a need to understand a previously unidentified chemical... 

The Sun that Never Sets as seen from ISS

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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has uploaded a mesmerizing six second Vine clip showing a time-lapse of the never-setting sun as it can be seen from the International Space Station. “1st Vine from space! Single Earth orbit. Sun never sets flying parallel w/terminator line #ISS #Exp40,” Wiseman wrote as he posted the video. The brief snapshot compresses a 92-minute... 

Scientists discover planet 17 times Earth’s weight

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This June 2, 2014 handout provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, shows the newly discovered ‘mega-Earth’ Kepler-10c dominating the foreground in this artist’s conception. Discovery of a huge rocky planet 17 times as heavy as the Earth has prompted scientists to, judging from its age, rethink the origins of the universe. Kepler-10c,... 
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