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Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 2608, Surrounded by Many Many Other Galaxies

   17 Jun 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

Meet NGC 2608, a barred spiral galaxy about 93 million light years away, in the constellation Cancer. Also called Arp 12, it’s about 62,000 light years across, smaller than the Milky Way by a fair margin. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image with its Wide-Field Camera 3 (WFC3). Depending on your age, you may …
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Pulsars Confirm One of Einstein?s Best Ideas, That Freefall Really Feels Like You?re Experiencing a Lack of Gravity

   17 Jun 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

A team of European researchers observed a pulsar with two orbiting white dwarfs to confirm Einstein's "most fortunate thought."
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Space Dust Delivered Water to Vesta, Could it Have Done the Same for Earth

   16 Jun 00:00:13  |  Universe Today

One of the most enduring questions about Earth regards the origins of its water. Where did it come from? One widely-held theory gives comets the honor of bringing water to Earth. Another one says that Earth’s water came when a protoplanet crashed into early Earth, not only delivering a vast quantity of water, but creating …
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Hilarious Supercut of Astronauts Falling on the Moon

   16 Jun 00:00:13  |  Universe Today

The Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon, yes. But they also hopped, bounded, and shuffled. And sometimes they fell, spectacularly. That caused a lot of consternation back on the Earth, especially for the engineers who designed the Apollo spacesuits. James McBarron was an aerospace technologist who worked on spacesuits for every NASA program, from Mercury …
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Early Life Was Pumping Out Oxygen, But the Earth?s Mantle Was Absorbing it

   15 Jun 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

About 2.4 billion years ago, everything changed for Earth. That was the time of the Great Oxidation Event (GOE), when photosynthetic bacteria flooded the atmosphere with oxygen, banishing early, non-oxygen using lifeforms to the fringes of the Earth. The GOE laid the groundwork for the Earth we see today, dominated by complex, oxygen-breathing lifeforms. But …
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New Horizons is so Far From Earth That the Positions of the Stars Look a Little Different From its Perspective

   15 Jun 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

From its current position in the Kuiper Belt, the New Horizons spacecraft recently conducted a parallax experiment that is not only groundbreaking, but historic!
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Ideas for Sustainable Cities and Urban Farming? on Mars

   14 Jun 00:00:23  |  Universe Today

The annual Mars City Design Challenge is looking for new and innovative ideas for how humans could live sustainably on Mars.
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This is a Binary Star in the Process of Formation

   14 Jun 00:00:23  |  Universe Today

About 460 light years away lies the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. It’s a molecular cloud?an active star-forming region?and it’s one of the closest ones. R. Ophiuchi is a dark nebula, a region so thick with dust that the visible light from stars is almost completely obscured. But scientists working with ALMA have pin-pointed a pair …
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How SpaceX is Changing Starship to be Able to Land on the Moon

   13 Jun 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

Elon Musk recently revealed more details about the HLS Starship, which could be taking astronauts back to the Moon.
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A 2nd Planet has been Confirmed for Proxima Centauri

   13 Jun 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

Our closest stellar neighbour is Proxima Centauri, a small red dwarf star about 4.2 light years away from us. It’s the third member of the Alpha Centauri group, and even though it’s so close, it can’t be seen with the naked eye. In 2016 astronomers discovered a planet orbiting Proxima Centuari, named Proxima Centauri b. …
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