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Gorgeous video takes you on a trip above Mars

Gorgeous video takes you on a trip above Mars At the moment, NASA and other space agencies are operating satellites in orbit around Mars.A beautiful new video making use of a high-resolution camera orbiting Mars aboard a NASA spacecraft shows you just that.

Astronomers switch on globe-spanning Event Horizon Telescope

Astronomers switch on globe-spanning Event Horizon Telescope Astronomers around the world have banded together and flipped the switch on a project called the Event Horizon Telescope.Astronomers will use the Event Horizon Telescope to look at two different supermassive black holes.

Scientists find Earth-like planet with an atmosphere just 39 light-years away

Scientists find Earth-like planet with an atmosphere just 39 light-years away That’s where astronomers have discovered an exoplanet called GJ 1132b, which appears to have an atmosphere.The new analysis of GJ 1132b was led by John Southworth, an astrophysicist at Keele University in the UK.

These images show the spectacular results of a star being born

These images show the spectacular results of a star being born A powerful telescope has captured the rainbow-colored remains of an ancient star birth.This story began around 100,000 years ago, when two adolescent protostars (very young stars) grew increasingly angsty about being stuck in their stellar nursery.

Ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians saw constellations in common

Ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians saw constellations in common The International Astronomical Union recognises 88 constellations, ranging from the giant water-serpent Hydra to tiny Crux (the Southern Cross).In the sky, Orion is defending himself from the charging bull Taurus, represented by the V-shaped Hyades star cluster.

Astronomers spot a massive explosion from the collision of two stars

Astronomers spot a massive explosion from the collision of two stars The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex is a group of nebulae and stellar nurseries positioned some 1,500 light years away from Earth.It says the collision took place 500 years ago, but it takes light from OMC-1 1,500 years to reach us.

Jupiter has a 'Great Cold Spot' to go with its red spot

Jupiter has a 'Great Cold Spot' to go with its red spot Astronomers say the Great Red Spot of Jupiter might have a subtle counterpart currently being called the Great Cold Spot.Seeing the Great Red Spot was a simple matter of building a sufficiently powerful telescope.

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet May Have the Right Conditions for Life

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet May Have the Right Conditions for Life With every new exoplanet discovery, we seem to get that much closer to finding evidence of extraterrestrial life.A new exoplanet identified in orbit of a nearby star could be the best place to look yet.

A huge wave of gas in a far-off galaxy cluster has a surprising origin

A huge wave of gas in a far-off galaxy cluster has a surprising origin The answer has to do with a cosmic near collision that occurred billions of years ago.The findings are detailed in a new study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Scientists Are Closer to Understanding the 'Alien Megastructure Star'

Scientists Are Closer to Understanding the 'Alien Megastructure Star' Stars don’t come much weirder than KIC 8462852, known colloquially as Tabby’s star.You may be more familiar with it as the “alien megastructure star.

Astronomers Pin Down the Orbit of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1h

Astronomers Pin Down the Orbit of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1h Scientists have also confirmed many of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system have what’s known as “orbital resonance.However, all the planets around TRAPPIST-1 orbit very close — a year there is only a few Earth days.

Google Wants Your Help Documenting This Summer's Total Solar Eclipse

Google Wants Your Help Documenting This Summer's Total Solar Eclipse All across the US, citizen scientists will be snapping photos to create a film documenting the eclipse’s path.A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun is completely covered by the moon.

Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets

Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets That’s what NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been doing these past eight years.These exoplanets were detected by Kepler using what’s known as the transit method.

First-of-its-kind study reveals harassment faced by women of color in space science

First-of-its-kind study reveals harassment faced by women of color in space science Of particular note in the research — published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets — is the higher incidence of harassment among women of color.6 percent of the science and engineering workforce in 2013, according to National Science Foundation data, with Hispanic women accounting for 6.

Ridiculous solar eclipse lodging costs will make you want to watch it online

Ridiculous solar eclipse lodging costs will make you want to watch it online Craigslist and Airbnb listings are out of control for the solar eclipse, stuffed with overpriced student apartments and backyard spaces.20 ahead of the big day in places on the eclipse path, a company spokesperson said.

Astronomers Identify First Potential Exomoon 4,000 Light-Years Away

Astronomers Identify First Potential Exomoon 4,000 Light-Years Away After all, most planets in our solar system have at least one moon.The exoplanet in question is known as Kepler 1625b and orbits a star about 4,000 light-years away.

China Built the World's Largest Telescope, But Has No One to Run It

China Built the World's Largest Telescope, But Has No One to Run It The problem is that having a giant radio telescope and having someone available to run the giant radio telescope aren’t the same thing.One reason the Chinese government may be having trouble filling the position is how remote the telescope is.

The Giant-Impact Hypothesis for the Moon's Formation Is in Doubt

The Giant-Impact Hypothesis for the Moon's Formation Is in Doubt Over time, conventional thinking goes, the Earth cooled again and became rocky, while the huge lump of ejected rock formed the moon.A second, smaller moon may have briefly formed, before its orbit destabilized and it impacted on the far side of our own moon.

This is the best simulation you'll find of the upcoming total solar eclipse

This is the best simulation you'll find of the upcoming total solar eclipse The Weather Channel (TWC) employs some of the top geeks in the world, and when it comes to obsessing about events in the sky, they can be hard to beat.CNN may have its holograms and election news building projectors, but TWC has added augmented and mixed reality segments to explain things, too.

How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse

How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse The US will be treated to a very rare total eclipse on August 21st, and people are still scrambling to make sure they’ll be able to experience this event.That’s still an incredible sight, but only a narrow swath of the country will get the total eclipse — see below for a map of the path of totality.