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Thanks to Gaia, We Now Know Exactly When We?ll be Colliding with Andromeda

   13 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Astronomers have known for some time that the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies will collide on some future date. The best guess for that rendezvous has been about 3.75 billion years from now. But now a new study based on Data Release 2 from the ESA’s Gaia mission is bringing some clarity to this …
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New Horizons took this shot of MU69 as it sped away from its encounter

   13 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The latest images to come from the New Horizons mission show that Ultima Thule (the first KBO to be studied up close) has an unusual shape.
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New SpaceX Raptor Engine Beats the Chamber Pressure of Russia?s RD-180 Engine, According to Elon Musk

   12 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Elon Musk posted the results of the Raptor engine's recent test-firing, and claims it broke an almost 20-year old record!
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This is Kepler?s Final Image

   12 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Even in retirement, the Kepler space telescope is still allowing for discoveries, which include it's "last light" images and recordings.
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How The Sun?s Scorching Corona Stays So Hot

   10 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

We’ve got a mystery on our hands. The surface of the sun has a temperature of about 6,000 Kelvin – hot enough to make it glow bright, hot white. But the surface of the sun is not its last later, just like the surface of the Earth is not its outermost layer. The sun has …
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A Star?s Outburst is Releasing Organic Molecules Trapped in the ice Around it

   09 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A new study by an international team of astronomers has discovered the presence of organic molecules in the disk of a young star.
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The Milky Way is Actually Warped

   09 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A new study by a team of Chinese scientists has shown that the galaxy actually has a warped, S-shape to it.
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InSight Just Put a Windshield Over its Seismometer

   08 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

NASA’s InSight lander arrived on Mars on November 26th, 2018. Since then, it’s been busying itself studying its landing spot, and taking its time to carefully place its instruments. It spent several weeks testing the seismometer and adjusting it, and now it’s placed the domed, protective shield over the instrument. The SEIS (Seismic Instrument for …
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Comet Y1 Iwamoto Tops Out in February

   08 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Every year produces a handful of binocular comets, and the first one for 2019 is coming right up, with a fine apparition for Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto.
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ESA is Planning a Mission to the Smallest Spacerock Ever Visited: the Moon of an Asteroid

   07 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

For some small minority of humans, Death By Asteroid is a desirable fate. The idea probably satisfies their wonky Doomsday thinking. But for the rest of us, going out the same way the dinosaurs did would just be embarrassing. Thankfully, the ESA’s Hera mission will visit the smallest spacerock ever, and will help us avoid …
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