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Rocket Lab is Going to try to Re-use its First Stage Booster, Catching it in Mid-air With a Helicopter

   15 Aug 01:00:02  |  Universe Today

CEO Peter Beck of Rocket Lab recently announced that his company will begin retrieving the first stage of its Electron rocket with a helicopter.
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Milky Way?s Black Hole Just Flared, Growing 75 Times as Bright for a Few Hours

   14 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

Even though the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a monster, it’s still rather quiet. Called Sagittarius A*, it’s about 4.6 million times more massive than our Sun. Usually, it’s a brooding behemoth. But scientists observing Sgr. A* with the Keck Telescope just watched as its brightness bloomed to over 75 …
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Carnival of Space #624

   14 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

It’s that time again! This week?s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #624. And if you?re interested in looking back, here?s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you?ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. …
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Hardy Tardigrades on Board Israel?s Beresheet Lander Probably Survived the Crash

   13 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

When SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander crashed into the Moon, it was a bitter-sweet moment for Israel’s space exploration aspirations. The privately-built spacecraft was punching above its weight class by proceeding on its journey to the Moon. Unfortunately, it crashed, ending the dream. But Beresheet carried some unusual passengers, as part of an unusual, yet visionary, sub-mission: …
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Astronomers Uncover Dozens of Previously Unknown Ancient and Massive Galaxies

   13 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

An international team of astronomers led by the University of Tokyo used ALMA to view 39 previously-undiscovered ancient galaxies.
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Dead Planets Around White Dwarfs Could Emit Radio Waves We Can Detect, Sending Out Signals for Billions of Years

   12 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

A new study by a pair of astronomers has shown that planets orbiting white dwarfs will still be emitting radio waves for up to a billion years.
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A Monster Black Hole has been Found with 40 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun

   11 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

If contemplating the vast size of astronomical objects makes you feel rather puny and insignificant, then this new discovery will make you feel positively infinitesimal. It’s almost impossible to imagine an object this large: a super massive black hole that’s 40 billion times more massive than our Sun. But there it is, sitting in the …
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NASA Tests Water Powered Spacecraft in Orbit

   11 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

Picture two tissue box-sized spacecraft orbiting Earth. Then picture them communicating, and using a water-powered thruster to approach each other. If you can do that, then you’re up to speed on one of the activities of NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP.) It’s all part of NASA’s effort to develop small spacecraft to serve their …
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A Bunch of New Names for Pluto?s Surface Features Were Just Approved

   10 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

Pluto is getting some new names. In the past, prior to the New Horizons mission, there wasn’t much to name. But now that that spacecraft has flew past Pluto and observed it up close, there’s some features that need naming. Now the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has approved a new set of names for 14 …
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Traces of One of the Oldest Stars in the Universe Found Inside Another Star

   10 Aug 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

Despite all we know about the formation and evolution of the Universe, the very early days are still kind of mysterious. With our knowledge of physics we can shed some light on the nature of the earliest stars, even though they’re almost certainly long gone. Now a new discovery is confirming what scientists think they …
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