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New Telescope Instrument Will Watch the Sky with 5,000 Eyes

   31 Oct 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

Dark Energy is the mysterious force driving the expansion of the Universe. We don’t know what dark energy is, even though it makes up about 68% of the Universe. And the expansion is accelerating, which only adds to the mystery. A new instrument called the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will study dark energy. It’s …
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Astronomers See the Wreckage from a Collision Between Exoplanets

   29 Oct 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

The history of our Solar System is punctuated with collisions. Collisions helped create the terrestrial planets and end the reign of the dinosaurs. And a massive collision between Earth and an ancient body named Theia likely created the Moon. Now astronomers have found of evidence of a collision between two exoplanets in a distant solar …
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InSight?s Heat Probe Has Bounced Back Out Of Its Hole

   29 Oct 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

This is sad news. After finding what seemed like a solution to the Mole’s difficulties on Mars, engineers are stymied again. The Mole, or Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) has bounced half-way out of its hole. It’s like Groundhog Day on Mars. If the Mole bounces out of its hole, it means six …
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James Webb Tests its Sun-Shield. So Far, So Good.

   28 Oct 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

Rigorous testing is at the heart of any successful space mission. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be a million miles away when it deploys its mission-critical sun-shield, and if it doesn’t function as planned, that’s it. Game over. The Webb is the most advanced space telescope ever built. It’s an infrared telescope, and …
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Did an Ancient Supernova Force Humans to Walk Upright

   28 Oct 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

A new study hints at a possible fascinating twist in human evolution. Did a chain of cosmic events triggered by a nearby ancient supernova force humans to walk upright? The study, out earlier this year, points to an unlikely source for modern human bipedal locomotion: the effect on our environment of a nearby supernova or …
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Skylon?s SABRE Engine Passes a Big Test

   27 Oct 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

Reaction Engines Ltd. recently passed a major milestone with the development of their SABRE engine, which could lead to spaceplanes that don't rely on rocket boosters.
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Breakthrough Listen and NASA Team Up to Look for Signs of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence!

   27 Oct 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

This week, the non-profit research organization Breakthrough Listen announced that it was entering into a partnership with scientists from the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. This new collaboration will direct the resources of the former with data and expertise of the latter to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) like never before! The …
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New Horizons Team Pieces Together the Best Images They Have of Pluto?s Far Side

   26 Oct 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. For decades, not much detail was known about the erstwhile planet. We assumed it was a frozen, dormant world. Once the Hubble was operational, we started to become more acquainted with Pluto. We discovered that Pluto has moons, although their planet-moon arrangement is unusual. Then in …
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Elon Musk Tweets with Starlink. Services Could be Available Next Year.

   26 Oct 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

Starlink could be offering services by this time next year, and Musk just tested it by sending out the inaugural tweet (spoiler alert, it worked!)
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Weekly Space Hangout: October 23, 2019 ? Aileen Yingst: Space Geologist

   25 Oct 00:00:13  |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dave Dickinson (www.astroguyz.com / @astroguyz) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Veranika Klimovich ( @VeronikaSpace) Dr. R. Aileen Yingst is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, a research institution headquartered in Tucson, AZ. She is Principal Investigator for the Heimdall camera system being built for a …
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