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Want to Mine Ice on the Moon? Scientists Create a Map for Where to Start

   03 Jun 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

The first lunar maps consisted of simply the best images of the Moon from Earth-based telescopes, which were converted to provide necessary information for the Apollo astronauts. But whenever the next lunar explorers arrive, they?ll have incredibly detailed topographic maps of the Moon?s surface, thanks to the high-resolution cameras and instruments on board satellites like …
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New Simulations Show How Black Holes Grow, Through Mergers and Accretion

   03 Jun 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

One of the most pressing questions in astronomy concerns black holes. We know that massive stars that explode as supernovae can leave stellar mass black holes as remnants. And astrophysicists understand that process. But what about the supermassive black holes (SMBHs) like Sagittarius A-star (Sgr A*,) at the heart of the Milky Way? SMBHs can …
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Rare ?Ring Galaxy? Seen in the Early Universe

   02 Jun 00:00:14  |  Universe Today

Astronomers have discovered a collisional ring galaxy that existed when the Universe was just 3 billion years old, a find which could have implications for our theories on galactic evolution.
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Huge Stars Can Destroy Nearby Planetary Disks

   02 Jun 00:00:14  |  Universe Today

Westerlund 2 is a star cluster about 20,000 light years away. It’s young?only about one or two million years old?and its core contains some of the brightest and hottest stars we know of. Also some of the most massive ones. There’s something unusual going on around the massive hot stars at the heart of Westerlund …
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A New Kind of Supernova Explosion has been Discovered: Fast Blue Optical Transients

   01 Jun 00:00:21  |  Universe Today

For the child inside all of us space-enthusiasts, there might be nothing better than discovering a new type of explosion. (Except maybe bigger rockets.) And it looks like that’s what’s happened. Three objects discovered separately?one in 2016 and two in 2018?add up to a new type of supernova that astronomers are calling Fast Blue Optical …
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Mars Doesn?t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here?s a Map

   01 Jun 00:00:21  |  Universe Today

Even though Earthling scientists are studying Mars intently, it’s still a mysterious place. One of the striking things about Mars is all of the evidence, clearly visible on its surface, that it harbored liquid water. Now, all that water is gone, and in fact, liquid water couldn’t survive on the surface of the Red Planet. …
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Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday

   31 May 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

This Saturday, NASA and SpaceX will make their second attempt to send astronauts to the ISS from US soil for the first time since 2011!
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NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew Dragon Launch!

   31 May 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

NASA and SpaceX made history today with the launch of second demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon (Demo-2), which signalled the restoration of the US' domestic launch capability!
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SN4, We Hardly Knew You. Another Starship Prototype Lost!

   30 May 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

SpaceX suffered yet another setback when their SN4 prototype exploded into a fireball during a static fire test of its single Raptor engine.
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Maybe the Elusive Planet 9 Doesn?t Exist After All

   30 May 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Oh Planet Nine, when will you stop toying with us? Whether you call it Planet Nine, Planet X, the Perturber, Jehoshaphat, “Phattie,” or any of the other proposed names?either serious or flippant?this scientific back and forth over its existence is getting exhausting. Is this what it was like when they were arguing whether Earth is …
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