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4 hrs ago | National Geographic

Astronomers Solve Mystery of Superbright Supernova

A supernova that exploded in 2010 and that appeared to burn much brighter than a normal star explosion is explained by the presence of a giant cosmic magnifying lens, scientists announced Thursday.

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Related Topix: Science, Explosion, Cambridge, MA

8 hrs ago | The Planetary Society

Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx mission has the unique challenge of visiting asteroid Bennu , characterizing it at global and local scales, then selecting the best site on the asteroid surface to acquire a sample for return to Earth.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Space, Science, Opinion

12 hrs ago | Witney Gazette

Richard Glazer, left, and technical director Dr Alex Renshaw by the MeerKAT

It will collect radio signals from the furthest reaches of the universe - possibly even the first stars and galaxies formed.

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Related Topix: Oxfordshire County, England, United Kingdom, Science

16 hrs ago | Sydney Morning Herald

The Logies need a makeover

Feelings of dread, cringing embarrassment, and a strong desire to read a book or urgently take up astronomy? For some it can only mean it's time for The Logies.

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Related Topix: Science

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Space Ref

Professional and Amateur Astronomers Join Forces

Long before the term "citizen science" was coined, the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women who study the sky in their spare time.

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Related Topix: Science, Science / Technology, Space

Space.com

Amateur Astronomers Capture Magnificent Mix of Celestial Delights in Amazing Photo

The Cone Nebula , the Christmas Tree star cluster and the Fox Fur Nebula are located roughly 2700 light years in the constellation Monoceros.

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Related Topix: Science, Fremont, MI, Cameras, Science / Technology

WPXI

Nuclear-level asteroids might be more common than we realize

"Between 2000 and 2013, 16 massive explosions over the earth, many over the oceans.

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Related Topix: Science, Dinosaur, Paleontology

Mashable

Astronomers Map Milky Way in Remarkable Detail

It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers.

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Related Topix: Science, Socorro, NM

Scientific American

What Shakespeare Knew about Science [Excerpt]

In the last few years, a handful of scholars have begun to look more closely at Shakespeare's interest in the scientific discoveries of his time - asking what he knew, when he knew it, and how that knowledge might be reflected in his work.

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Related Topix: Science

The Star Press

'Intro to astronomy' enrollment sky high

About 1,800 Ball State University students take introductory astronomy courses each year, which is higher than the number taking such classes at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame combined.

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Related Topix: Science, Ball State University, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Theater, Arts

Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Looking to the heavens from the clear skies of Rocky

Mike Connolly and photographer Richard Hahn with the Observatory 12 inch telescope at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory .

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Related Topix: Estes Park, CO, Science

Tue Apr 22, 2014

Santa Barbara Independent

SBCC Retiring Astronomy Professor to Be Honored with Community Lecture

After more than 48 years of introducing the wonders of the night skies and heavenly bodies to thousands of students and local residents, Santa Barbara City College Earth and Planetary Science Professor Fred Marschak is getting ready to pack up his telescopes, retire and move with his wife Nancy back to their home state of Pennsylvania.

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Related Topix: Science, Santa Barbara, CA

Space Ref

"Upside-down planet" New Method to Study Binary Star Systems

What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University of Washington student astronomer.

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Related Topix: Science, University of Washington

ECNmag

Mysteries of a nearby planetary system's dynamics now are solved

Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition on 22 April 2014.

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Related Topix: Penn State University Park

News24

Alien signal likely interference, says top astronomer

Samsung has released the latest version of its Galaxy S and News24 had a first look at the pricey smartphone.

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Related Topix: Science, World News, South Africa, Ohio State University, Computers

Free Republic

Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The El Gordo Massive Galaxy Cluster

Explanation: It is bigger than a bread box. In fact, it is much bigger than all bread boxes put together.

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Related Topix: Science

St. Petersburg Times

Astronomy column: a look at what's happening in May

Start to look for Mercury low in the west-northwest at dusk about mid May. Our innermost planet reaches the greatest angular distance from the sun on May 25. Jupiter is easily the brightest planet or star in the evening sky at nightfall.

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Related Topix: Science, St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa, FL

Mon Apr 21, 2014

Bangkok Post

Sunday really is

The sun will be directly above Bangkok on Sunday, possibly making it the hottest day of the year.

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The New Zealand Herald

Astronauts on new mission to warn of asteroid 'cosmic roulette'

As members of an elite band of cosmic explorers, they are among the few to have gone beyond the final frontier and looked down on the Earth from space.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Space, World News, Russia, Non-Profit, Science

WMKY-FM Morehead

Supernova creates havoc

Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions, which occur on average twice a century in the Milky Way, can produce enormous amounts of energy and be as bright as a galaxy itself.

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Related Topix: Space, Morehead State University, Physics, Louisville, KY, George Washington University

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