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Study claims Milky Way dark matter half what scientists thought

A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought.<p>Australian …

NASA prepares its science fleet for Mars comet encounter

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front-row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime …

Radio telescopes unravel mystery of nova gamma rays

Highly detailed radio-telescope images have pinpointed the locations where a stellar explosion called a nova emitted gamma rays, the most energetic …

Swirling cloud at Titan’s pole is cold and toxic

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have discovered that a giant toxic cloud is hovering over the south pole of Saturn's largest …

Turning the Moon into a cosmic ray detector

Scientists are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays -- the most …

20-Year-Old Supernova Mystery Finally Solved

A star-explosion mystery that puzzled astronomers for more than two decades has finally been solved.<p>Researchers using data gathered by NASA's Hubble …

India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully inserted into orbit around Red Planet

India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully entered into an orbit around the planet Mars this morning (Sept. 24, 2014) by firing its 440 Newton …

SpaceX Launch: Dragon Spacecraft Is Carrying Mousetronauts, Flies And More To The Space Station

After a weather delay, SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station Sunday. The spaceship …

An anomaly in satellites' flybys confounds scientists

When space probes, such as Rosetta and Cassini, fly over certain planets and moons, in order to gain momentum and travel long distances, their speed …

Top 10 cool things about stars

Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected, intriguing facts about the stars of our universe – including our sun – that you probably didn’t know!<p><b>1. Every</b> …

Supermassive black hole in a galaxy only 300 light-years wide

It’s an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.<p>Our Milky Way galaxy is …

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster - Sky & Telescope

<b>Measurements of thousands of galaxies’ motions toward and away from us reveal that the Milky Way sits on the edge of the gigantic Laniakea</b> …

Cosmology

Keeping upright: How much gravity is enough?

Keeping upright in a low-gravity environment is not easy, and NASA documents abound with examples of astronauts falling on the lunar surface. Now, a …

Closest-ever comet orbiter streams data from bi-lobed “rubber ducky”

As the spacecraft Rosetta approaches an oddly-shaped “rubber ducky” for the closest comet observations ever made, the spacecraft’s instruments are …

Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the Sun

Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team of physicists, including Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati, and …

NASA's Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

Rocky planets begin life as dusty material circling around young stars. The material clumps together to form asteroids that ram into each other. …

Earthshine, the Moon's Darker Side - Sky & Telescope

<b>With a subtle beauty all its own, the earthshine we see glowing in the lunar night invites us to consider Earth's many connections to the Moon.</b><p>A …

Astronomy

Astronomy: Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

A worldwide network of radio telescopes measured the distance to the famous star cluster the Pleiades to an accuracy within 1 percent. The result …

Astrophysicists report radioactive cobalt in supernova explosion

Astrophysicists have detected the formation of radioactive cobalt during a supernova explosion, lending credence to a corresponding theory of …

NASA's New Mega-Rocket for Deep Space Will Be Launch Ready by 2018

NASA new mega-rocket, a towering booster designed for deep space missions, will be ready for its first test flight no later than November 2018, space …

Spectacular supernova's mysteries revealed

Astronomers are delving into the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year. The …

Voyager map details Neptune's strange moon Triton

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager's …

What is Nothing?

Is there any place in the Universe where there’s truly nothing? Consider the gaps between stars and galaxies? Or the gaps between atoms? What are the …

Particles

Space Shapes: Watch This Origami Solar Array Prototype Unfurl

From paper cranes to solar sails, looks like the Japanese art of origami is making its way into the space world. As you can see in the video above, …

Origami

Traces of One of Universe's First Stars Detected

An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's …

Marine Plankton Found On Surface Of International Space Station

Scientists examining samples taken from the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) have made a rather unexpected discovery- traces of …

Space Exploration

Roof-Crashing Meteorite Linked to Giant Impact that Made the Moon

A meteorite that crashed into a California house in 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new …

Mars Orbiters Duck for Cover from Comet Siding Spring

<b>Mission planners have devised an unusual strategy for protecting orbiting spacecraft when Comet Siding Spring passes very near the Red Planet in</b> …

Astronomy

Solar energy that doesn't block the view

Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see …