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The Oldest and Coldest White Dwarf Ever Found has Bizarre Dust Rings Around it

   24 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A citizen scientist recently discovered a white dwarf star that has multiple dust rings, a finding which could force a rethink of how planetary systems evolve.
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Meet WFIRST, The Space Telescope with the Power of 100 Hubbles

   23 Feb 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

WFIRST ain’t your grandma’s space telescope. Despite having the same size mirror as the surprisingly reliable Hubble Space Telescope, clocking in at 2.4 meters across, this puppy will pack a punch with a gigantic 300 megapixel camera, enabling it to snap a single image with an area a hundred times greater than the Hubble. With …
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Say Hello to Hippocamp! The New Moon Discovered at Neptune, Which Could Have Broken off from the Larger Moon Proteus

   23 Feb 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

Moons have the coolest names, don’t they? Proteus, Titan, and Callisto. Phobos, Deimos, and Encephalitis. But not Io. That’s a stupid name for a moon. There’s only two ways to pronounce it and we still get it wrong. Anyway, now we have another cool one: Hippocamp! Okay, maybe the new name isn’t that cool. It …
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Antarctica is About to Unleash an Iceberg Twice the Size of New York City

   22 Feb 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

An ice shelf in Antarctica is about to give birth to a baby. This baby is a giant, spawned by growing cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf. It’s not clear what this’ll mean to the scientific infrastructure in the area, and to the human presence, which were both established in the 1950s. The Brunt Ice …
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Japan?s Hayabusa2 is About to Shoot Up the Surface of Ryugu with Tiny Impactors so they can Collect a Sample

   22 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission is about to get down to business. After arriving at asteroid Ryugu at the end of June 2018, and dispatching its tiny rovers to the surface, the spacecraft is about to approach the surface of the asteroid and get some samples. Back in October, Hayabusa 2 performed some touchdown rehearsals. It left …
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Did You Know the Earth?s Atmosphere Extends Beyond the Orbit of the Moon

   21 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Strictly speaking, there aren’t strict boundaries between Earth and space. Our atmosphere doesn’t just end at a certain altitude; it peters out gradually. A new study from Russia’s Space Research Institute (SRI) shows that our atmosphere extends out to 630,000 km into space. The lead author of this study is Igor Baliukin. a researcher at …
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Gateway Foundation Shows off Their Plans for an Enormous Rotating Space Station

   21 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The Gateway Foundation is looking to build a rotating space station in orbit. And thanks to Elon Musk and his plans for the BFR, it might just be affordable!
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This is a Dust Devil? on Mars

   20 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

We live in a time when our spacecraft orbiting Mars at an altitude of about 300 km. can snap photos of a dust devil and transmit them back to us so we can share them on the internet. Not only that, but we have rovers wandering around on the surface taking pictures of the dust …
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Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 20, 2019 ? Dr. Emily Holt talks Archaeology and Ancient Astronomy

   20 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Emily Holt is an Environmental Archaeologist and Anthropologist who is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio. Emily’s research focuses on human-environment dynamics …
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 518: When the Universe tried to Declare War

   19 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

We always say the Universe is trying to kill us. But there was this one time, when the Universe used our own fear of nuclear attack against us, nearly setting off a global nuclear war. Nice try Universe, we?re on to you now. We usually record Astronomy Cast every Friday at 3:00 pm EST / …
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