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3 hrs ago | International Business Times

'Seven Sisters' Star Controversy Solved: Closer Than Astronomers Assumed

Measurements made by Hipparcos, a cosmic-mapping satellite that helped their discovery and may solve the controversy that summons our understanding of how evolution and formation of stars took place.

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8 hrs ago | SouthCoastToday.com

UMass Dartmouth professor writes astronomy book

UMass Dartmouth Physics Professor Alan Hirshfeld's latest book "Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe" provides historical perspective and insight into the revolutionary technology and pioneering scientists whose work ushered astronomy into the modern age.

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Related Topix: Science, UMass Dartmouth, Inventions, Science / Technology

10 hrs ago | 301 Moved Permanently

'Isaac's Eye' explores life, history, and science at Glencoe's Writers' Theatre

Mozart and Salieri. Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. Angelina and Jennifer. History is littered with infamous rivalries.

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14 hrs ago | Earth & Sky

NROA astronomers pin down distance to Pleiades stars

National Radio Astronomy Observatory astronomers used a tried-and-true method - stellar parallax - to resolve a controversy over the Pleiades' distance.

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Related Topix: Science, Green Bank, WV

18 hrs ago | VentureBeat

A real astronomer weighs in on finding habitable planets in Civilization: Beyond Earth

Stephen Kane is in the business of finding planets that we could live on, after humanity goes to the stars.

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22 hrs ago | Science Daily

Orion rocks! Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation

Astronomers have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles -- planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically found around protostars.

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Related Topix: Science, Science / Technology, Space, NASA, Green Bank, WV

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Science Daily

Early growth of giant galaxy, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang, revealed

The birth of massive galaxies, according to galaxy formation theories, begins with the buildup of a dense, compact core that is ablaze with the glow of millions of newly formed stars.

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Related Topix: Science, Science / Technology, Space, New Haven, CT

WNYC-AM New York

The Universe Is Still Dark After All These Years

So that we don't get lulled into a false sense of confidence, today I provide a short list of open questions about the cosmos, focusing only on its composition.

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Astronomy

Eta Carinae: our neighboring superstars

Eta Carinae is an intriguing double star system that contains one of the biggest and brightest stars in the Milky Way.

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ECNmag

CWRU astronomers win time on Hubble to study galaxy formation

Case Western Reserve University astronomer Chris Mihos leads a team of Ohio researchers recently awarded nearly 20 hours of observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope to study the outskirts of the nearby spiral galaxy M101.

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Related Topix: Science, Case Western Reserve University, Youngstown State University

SciDev.Net

Chile 'not benefitting enough from big astronomy'

By the mid-2020s Chile will be home to about 70 per cent of the world's telescopes, with investments in excess of US$4 billion in its four largest telescopes.

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Related Topix: South America, Chile, World News, Science

ECNmag

What lit up the universe?

New research from UCL shows we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos, helping scientists understand how galaxies were built.

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Related Topix: Science, Physics

KCCI-TV Des Moines

Solar system surrounded by a big gas bubble

And, oh, what a bubble it is: About 300 light years long , and its walls are made of hot gas.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Explosion, Science

CNN

Solar system is inside bubble?

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have pieced together this picture that shows a small section of space in the southern-hemisphere constellation Fornax.

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

Tue Aug 26, 2014

Science Daily

Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe

Astronomers have obtained the best view yet of a collision between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age.

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Related Topix: Science, Science / Technology, NASA

CBS Local

Astronomers: 'First Evidence' Of Water Clouds Discovered Outside Solar System

Astronomers say they've discovered water ice clouds on a "brown dwarf" just 7.3 light-years from Earth - the first candidate outside our own solar system to have direct evidence of water clouds.

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

Government Executive

Is There a Better Way to Measure Earthquakes?

Two hundred years ago, Missouri was rocked by an earthquake so severe it made the Mississippi River flow backward and set off church bells in Boston more than 1,000 miles away.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Earthquake, Geology, Science

CNET News.com

Cosmic effort provides best view yet of distant colliding galaxies

Behold the best look yet at a massive intergalactic train wreck in progress. It's also a glimpse at what the universe looked like when it was only half its current age.

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Universe Today

Australian Astronomy Envy: This Video Is Like A Telescope Brochure

Performing observations in Australia is on many astronomers' bucket lists, and this video timelapse shows you precisely why.

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Related Topix: Science, Science / Technology, NASA

Examiner.com

New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune orbit on trek to Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is nearing the end of its long journey, passing Neptune's orbital path on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Space, Boulder, CO, Science

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