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SpaceX Tests the Starship?s Hexagonal Heatshield. Starhopper Tests Could Come as Early as This Week

   20 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The milestones just keep coming for SpaceX. After the recent successful test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule, another of SpaceX’s ventures is about to meet its own milestone. The SpaceX Starhopper could have its first test flight as soon as this week. SpaceX hasn’t exactly come right out and announced that they will test …
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Astronomy Cast Bonus Episode: Dust with Dr. Paul Sutter

   19 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Download MP3 Recorded during the Astrotour to Costa Rica, Fraser talks to Dr. Paul Matt Sutter about the nature of dust and BICEP 2’s claim of discovering primordial gravitational waves. We usually record Astronomy Cast every Friday at 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST / 20:00 PM UTC. You can watch us live on …
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 522: Judging Age & Origins, part 1 ? Earth Rocks

   19 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

People always want to know how old everything is. And more specifically, they want to know how we know how old everything is. Well, here at Astronomy Cast, it’s our job to tell you now only what we know, but how we know what we know. And today we’ll begin a series on how we …
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Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life

   18 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A new study conducted by an international team of scientists examines what the term "habitable zone" means and how next-generation telescopes will test our assumptions.
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The Iridium Flare Era is About to End

   18 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Fast-forward to 2019, and the age of the predictable Iridium flare may be coming to an end. Already, scrolling through Heavens-Above reveals very few Iridium flares for the coming months, and these familiar nighttime flashes may become a thing of the past come 2020.
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SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better

   17 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The SLS rocket found its future launch manifest severely curtailed in a new budget request. This leaves the long overdue rocket with uncertain long term prospects.
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This Star has been Kicked Out of the Milky Way. It Knows What It Did.

   17 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Every once in a while, the Milky Way ejects a star. The evicted star is typically ejected from the chaotic area at the center of the galaxy, where our Super Massive Black Hole (SMBH) lives. But at least one of them was ejected from the comparatively calm galactic disk, a discovery that has astronomers rethinking …
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Progress for the Skylon. Europe agrees to continue working on the air-breathing SABRE engine

   16 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The ESA and Reaction Engines recently took another step towards the realization of the hypersonic SABRE engine.
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Do You See the ?Cosmic Bat? in NGC 1788

   16 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

2,000 light years away, in the Orion constellation, lurks an eerie looking creature, made of glowing gas lit up by young stars: the Cosmic Bat. Its real name is NGC 1788. It’s a reflection nebula, meaning the light of nearby stars is strong enough to light it up, but not strong enough to ionize the …
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New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System

   15 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Worlds like ‘The Goblin,’ ‘FarOut,’ and ‘FarFarOut‘ are stretching the limits of what our Solar System actually is. But finding new things in the inner Solar System is rare. ?It?s not every …
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