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Do Ancient Coins Record the Supernova of 1054

   23 Jun 20:00:28  |  Universe Today

SN 1054 was one of the most spectacular astronomical events of all time. The supernova explosion eventually formed what is today known as the M1 – the Crab Nebula. But in 1054 AD, the year it occurred, it was an ultrabright star in the sky and one of only eight recorded supernovae in the history …
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South Korea is now a Space-Faring Nation With the Orbital Launch of Their Homegrown Nuri Rocket

   23 Jun 20:00:27  |  Universe Today

South Korea just became the 11th member of the space club, and the seventh nation to launch a commercial payload!
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This Tiny Dot is one of the Biggest, Most Active Galaxy Superclusters Ever Seen. It Was Already a Monster Shortly After the Big Bang

   22 Jun 20:00:08  |  Universe Today

A newly discovered supercluster of galaxies is so distant that astronomers say its light has been traveling for over twelve billion years to reach telescopes on Earth. But this cluster, named SPT2349 ?56 is gigantic, and so old that it is actually classified as a proto-cluster of galaxies, meaning it might be one of the …
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Chinese Astronomers Detect an Interesting (Probably not Alien) Signal With the FAST Radio Observatory

   22 Jun 20:00:07  |  Universe Today

Unfortunately, China's 500-Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) did NOT detect possible alien signals, only radio interference from Earth.
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Could We Use Mars as a Base for Asteroid Mining

   21 Jun 20:00:14  |  Universe Today

The earliest mention of asteroid mining might be in a story from 1898 titled “Edison’s Conquest of Mars,” by Garrett Serviss. In that story, Martians attack Earth, killing tens of thousands and destroying New York City. Earth retaliates and sends an armada to Mars. While travelling, the armada comes across an asteroid that the Martians …
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A Totally new View of the Large Magellanic Cloud (and more!) From Retired Telescopes

   21 Jun 20:00:13  |  Universe Today

ESA and NASA dusted off some old data from four retired space telescopes and combined forces to reveal new images of the four galaxies that our closest to our own Milky Way galaxy. One thing is common among the four new images: they are full of dust! The retired observatories involved include ESA?s Herschel Space …
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Japan?s Upcoming Mission Will Use a Vacuum to Get its Sample From Phobos

   15 Jun 20:00:13  |  Universe Today

JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, is carving out a niche for itself in sample-return missions. Their Hayabusa mission was the first mission to sample an asteroid when it brought dust from the asteroid Itokawa to Earth in 2010. Then its successor, Hayabusa 2, brought back a sample from asteroid Ryugu in 2020. Now JAXA …
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China?s Lunar Lander Finds Water Under its Feet

   15 Jun 20:00:12  |  Universe Today

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ESA Gives Green Light on its Comet Interceptor Mission

   14 Jun 20:00:07  |  Universe Today

Comets, with their long, beautiful, bright tails of ice, are some of the most spectacular sightings in the night sky. This was most apparent when Comet NEOWISE passed by Earth in the summer of 2020, dazzling viewers from all over the planet while being mainly visible in the northern hemisphere. Even though the sky might …
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A Geologic map of the Entire Moon has Been Released at 1:2,500,000-Scale

   14 Jun 20:00:07  |  Universe Today

Chinese scientists have created the most detailed map of the Moon yet. It took them 10 years and involved hundreds of researchers. The new map will be a boon to lunar exploration and for anyone who just wants to study our natural satellite in more detail. Up until now the USGS map of the Moon …
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