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Super Earth Planet Found Around One of the Closest Stars to us. But it?s Probably a Terrible Place to Live

   7 hours ago   |  Universe Today

The Red Dots and CARMENES projects recently announced the discovery of a super-Earth around Barnard's Star, making it the second-closest exoplanet to Earth.
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New Comet V1 Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto Takes Observers by Surprise

   7 hours ago   |  Universe Today

You just never know when it comes to comets. Here it is, mid-November, and we'd thought we had finished up writing about bright comets for 2018. That was, until this past weekend, when a flurry of messages flashed across the Yahoo! Comets mailing list hinting that a new, possibly bright comet had been discovered. Come Monday morning November 12th, long period Comet C/2018 V1 Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto was formally added to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet list.
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Huge Asteroid Impact Crater Found Just Under the Ice in Greenland

   17 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

An international team of scientists have discovered what lay hidden under Arctic ice for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. Using data primarily from NASA’s Operation IceBridge, they discovered one of the 25 largest impact craters anywhere on Earth. And its discovery may re-ignite an old climate debate. This impact crater is buried …
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Lunar Outpost Shows off their New Rover that will Crawl the Moon, Searching for Resources

   17 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Space technology company Lunar Outpost has unveiled their new Lunar Prospector rover that will explore the surface of the Moon to search for and map resources. The Lunar Prospector is designed to drill for and analyze sub-surface samples. The first of the smallish robots was recently demonstrated on simulated Lunar regolith at the Colorado School …
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So Cool! Japanese Space Research Center will be Suspended Over a Moonlike Crater

   16 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The architectural design behind Japan’s new space research center is mind-boggling. The futuristic building will incorporate elements of spacecraft design, which emphasize light weight and high functionality. The whole thing will be suspended over a man-made, Moon-like crater. The building will be a robotics research center that’s part of the Avatar X space research campus …
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Going 1 Million Miles per Hour With Advanced Propulsion

   16 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Advanced propulsion breakthroughs are near. Spacecraft have been stuck at slow chemical rocket speeds for years and weak ion drive for decades. However, speeds over one million miles per hour before 2050 are possible. There are surprising new innovations with technically feasible projects. NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is funding two high potential concepts. …
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ARCHIMEDES: Digging into the ice on Europa with lasers

   15 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

To explore Europa for signs of life, NASA in investing in a number of technologies, which includes a laser-mining concept known as ARCHIMEDES
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Gaia Spots an Enormous Ghost Galaxy Right Next Door that?s Being Dismantled by the Milky Way

   15 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Astronomers combing through data from the ESA’s Gaia spacecraft have discovered what they’re calling a ghost galaxy. The galaxy, named Antlia 2 (Ant 2) is an extremely low-density dwarf galaxy that was formed in the early days of the universe. And it is being stripped of its mass by the tidal forces of the Milky …
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Direct Observations of a Planet Orbiting a Star 63 Light-Years Away

   14 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Using the Very Large Telescope, a team of ESO astronomers directly observed Beta Pictoris b over the course of four years and created a time-lapse video of its orbit.
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Weekly Space Hangout: Nov 14, 2018: Paul Sutter?s ?Your Place in The Universe

   14 Nov 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Paul M. Sutter, astrophysicist and science educator – and now AUTHOR – is no stranger to the regular viewers of the WSH – but in case …
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