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Astrophyicists draw most comprehensive map of the universe

Astrophysicists have created a 3D map of the universe that spans nearly two billion light years and is the most complete picture of our cosmic …

100 weird objects sent into space

"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."<p>That was the message from Paul McCartney when, in 2008, Nasa beamed into space the Beatles song Across the Universe via its Deep Space Network.<p>The Beatles song is travelling across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second to reach North …

Track Down the Sun’s Newfound Sister

Changing Planet<p>This artwork shows a star like our sun with an orbiting planet in the foreground. Illustration courtesy Gabriel Perez Diaz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (MultiMedia Service)<p><b>Alone no more, a long-lost sibling to the sun appears to have been found 110 light-years from us.</b> …

Will Russia Colonize The Moon?

Plan would put robotic explorers in the vanguard of a revitalized Russian push into the solar system.<p>Russia should prioritize creating a moon base with full-time residents by mid-century, according to a plan created by Moscow State University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the firm Roscosmos.<p>…

Space Exploration

In Light Echoes, a Glimpse of the Cosmic Past

On Earth, echoes are produced when sound waves bounce around like pinballs. In space, echoes are produced when light does the bouncing.<p>Just as sounds can echo, so, too, can cosmic light. But instead of ricocheting off damp cavern walls, light traveling through the universe bounces off soft, dusty …

Nearest Bright ‘Hypervelocity Star’ Found

<b>Nearest Bright ‘Hypervelocity Star’ Found</b><b><br>Speeding at 1 Million MPH, It Probes Black Hole and Dark Matter</b><b><br>May 7, 2014 – A University of Utah-led team discovered a “hypervelocity star” that is the closest, second-brightest and among the largest of 20 found so far. Speeding at more than 1 million mph, the star may provide clues about the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way and the halo of mysterious “dark matter” surrounding the galaxy, astronomers say.</b><p><b>“The hypervelocity star</b> …

Simulation models universe in time and space

NASA discovers star clusters like Orion may have formed from the outside in

Astronomers have long thought that star clusters form when clouds of gas and dust condense, constructing themselves from the center out. But as recent findings suggest, this might not be the case. Researchers combing through data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and using infrared telescopes …

Mars One Pares Down Its List of Red Planet Settlers to 705

Mars One has trimmed its list of prospects for one-way trips to Mars by a third, going from a pool of 1,058 candidates to 705.<p>More than 350 hopefuls were eliminated due to medical or personal reasons, the Dutch-based venture said Monday in a news release.<p>Candidates had been required to turn in a …

Mars