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The Moon?s Ancient Volcanoes Could Have Created Ice Sheets Dozens of Meters Thick

   29 May 20:00:14  |  Universe Today

Everyone loves looking at the Moon, especially through a telescope. To see those dark and light patches scattered across its surface brings about a sense of awe and wonder to anyone who looks up at the night sky. While our Moon might be geologically dead today, it was much more active billions of years ago …
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Voyager 1 Doesn?t Know Where it is, Generating Random-Looking Telemetry Data

   28 May 20:00:06  |  Universe Today

Old computer systems have a lot of wacky ways to fail. Computers that are constantly blasted by radiation have even more wacky ways to fail. Combine those two attributes, and eventually, you?re bound to have something happen. It certainly seems to have with Voyager 1. The space probe, which has been in active service for …
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Gaia is an Even More Powerful Planet Hunter Than we Thought

   28 May 20:00:06  |  Universe Today

Utilizing tools for purposes they weren?t initially intended for is a strength of the astronomical community. Scrounging through data collected for one purpose and looking for hints of another seems to be a favorite pastime of many a professional astronomer. That tradition is alive and well, with a team reanalyzing the first few data sets …
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A new Quantum Technique Could Enable Telescopes the Size of Planet Earth

   27 May 20:00:16  |  Universe Today

A new technique that incorporates quantum techniques to interferometry could trigger another revolution in astronomy!
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The Dream of Faster-than-Light (FTL) Travel: Dr. Harold ?Sonny? White and Limitless Space

   27 May 20:00:16  |  Universe Today

Dr. Harold "Sonny" White and the Limited Space Institute continue to pursue the dream of the Alcubierre Warp Drive, which would allow humans to go interplanetary AND interstellar!
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Wind-Ruffled Waves, Foam and Wave Shadows, Above Natural Blue Seawater.? This is how we?ll Spot Exoplanets With Oceans

   26 May 20:00:11  |  Universe Today

Our planet’s oceans generate tell-tale light signatures when sunlight reflects off them. Exoplanets with significant ocean coverage may do the same. Can we use the Earth’s reflectance signatures to identify other Earth-like worlds with large oceans? We should be able to, eventually. A new study examined light signatures reflecting off of Earth’s oceans and explored …
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The Building Blocks for Supermassive Black Holes are Found in Dwarf Galaxies

   26 May 20:00:11  |  Universe Today

We all know that a humongous black hole exists at the center of our galaxy. It’s called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short) and it has the mass of 4 million suns. We’ve got to see a radio image of it a few weeks back, showing its accretion disk. So, we know it’s there. Astronomers …
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Update on the Potential May 31st tau Herculid Meteor Storm

   25 May 20:00:13  |  Universe Today

If skies are clear, be sure to watch for a potential meteor outburst early next Tuesday morning.
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Solar Orbiter?s Pictures of the Sun are Every Bit as Dramatic as You Were Hoping

   25 May 20:00:13  |  Universe Today

On March 26th, the ESA’s Solar Orbiter made its closest approach to the Sun so far. It ventured inside Mercury’s orbit and was about one-third the distance from Earth to the Sun. It was hot but worth it. The Solar Orbiter’s primary mission is to understand the connection between the Sun and its heliosphere, and …
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Starliner Launches Successfully, but Two of its Thrusters Failed

   24 May 20:00:22  |  Universe Today

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner successfully launched and rendezvoused with the ISS, a crucial step towards performing commercial crew and payload services!
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