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Rifle-wielding attacker wounds GOP leader, killed by police

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a charity baseball game Wednesday, …

Republicans

If We Don't Act Soon, Space Junk Might Trap Us On Earth

The tiny pieces of junk orbiting the Earth could have a major impact on space exploration.<p>Not everything we send into space comes back down. In fact, there are millions of pieces of junk, ranging from tiny flecks of paint to entire satellites currently taking up space around the Earth's atmosphere. …

Scientists Weigh a White Dwarf Star, Prove Einstein Right

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicted that the gravity of stars could brighten and bend the light coming from other stars like a …

Physics

rings – Cassini Legacy: 1997-2017

N00282638.jpg was taken on 2017-06-06 13:28 (PDT) and received on Earth 2017-06-07 17:41 (PDT). The camera was pointing toward Saturn-rings, and the …

Astronomy

Scientists Assert That Earth May Exist in a Massive Cosmic Void

Riddled With Holes<p>If you picture what the universe looks like, you can imagine it as Swiss cheese. The sizes of holes, or voids, in the matter of the …

Spectacular New Crab Nebula Images Close In On Its Final Secrets

Thousands of light years away, the death throes of a massive star culminated in a catastrophic supernova explosion. In the year 1054, that light finally made it to Earth, outshining all the stars and planets in the sky and becoming visible during the day. Some 700 years later, after the invention …

A Christian College Organization Is Waging War on Equality

Earlier this month, <i>Time</i> magazine reported that InterVarsity USA, an influential Christian organization with chapters on 667 college campuses, was …

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it?

Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery, in the late 1990s, that the universe is expanding at …

Awesome Binocular Astronomy with the Help of Mobile Apps

Not everyone owns a telescope, but there are plenty of astronomical sights to see using a regular pair of binoculars — and mobile astronomy apps can …

Astronomy

This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 21 – 29 - Sky & Telescope

A planet-laden panorama.<p><b>Friday, October 21</b><p>• Saturn and Antares form a compact right triangle with bright Venus, low in the southwest at dusk as shown …

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99 percent invisible

With a small side project, astronomers discover a new type of galaxy. In 2011, astronomers Pieter van Dokkum and Roberto “Bob” Abraham found …

Particle Physics

The possible ninth planet could explain a tilt in the Sun

Calculations suggest a Solar System oddity could be due Planet 9.<p>Ideas about a possible ninth planet have been kicking around since shortly after we …

Solar System

Orionid meteor shower is peaking: here's how to watch

Halley's comet only appears in the inner solar system every 76 years but when it does, it leaves its mark.<p>The Orionid meteor shower, where Earth …

Two Incredibly Bright X-Ray Flares Might Be Proof of Exotic Black Holes

They may provide evidence for a new form of black hole.<p>It's often hard to intuitively reconcile cosmic time scales with every other cosmic scale. We say that astronomical objects mere single-digit light years from Earth are "close," while astronomical events that happen on single-minute time scales …

We built the largest map of "holes" in the universe to prove Einstein was right about gravity

Since its discovery in 2008, astronomers have been puzzled by a cosmic mystery so vexing that it has even led some to question whether the general theory of relativity—Einstein’s masterpiece theory of gravity—is wrong on cosmic scales. The trouble is that light travelling through the universe does …

Dark Matter

Powerful New Camera Will Observe How First Stars Formed

The fastest, largest observations of the Universe, ever<p>With an upgraded beast of a telescope, astronomers plan to take a wide-angle view through the interstellar gas of the Universe.<p>Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Arizona State University are developing the most sensitive …

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This is a NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy cluster Abell 370. Shown in blue on the image is a map of the dark matter found within the cluster. This cluster was part of a study of 72 galaxy cluster collisions which determined that dark matter interacts with other dark matter even …

Scientists map the Milky Way Galaxy in exceptional detail

There have been detailed maps of the Milky Way before, but none quite so ornate as this. Researchers in the HI4PI sky survey have created a fine-grained map of our home galaxy using its most common material: neutral atomic hydrogen. Such studies have taken place before, as you might guess. However, …

Ale, a Japanese space start-up, is create fake meteor showers - CNN Style

Written by Kate Springer, CNN<p>Contributors Animations by Jason Kwok, CNN<p>Ephemeral and poetic, shooting stars are among the world's most beautiful natural wonders.<p>But come 2018, these fleeting fireballs will no longer be left to chance.<p>Japanese space start-up ALE is developing the technology to …

Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

When scientists recently announced that they had discovered a new planet orbiting our closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centuri, they also released an artist's conception of the planet.<p>The picture of a craggy canyon, illuminated by a reddish-orange sunset, looked like an image that could have been …

Whenever you lie, your brain adjusts to make telling bigger whoppers easier, study finds

Telling small lies causes changes in the brain that lead people down a “slippery slope” towards increasingly large acts of dishonesty, according to a …

23 iconic and incredible photos of Earth from space

The Evidence For Water On Mars Is Overwhelming

Before we ever landed on Mars, there was evidence of water on its surface.<p>Seasonal icecaps, transient clouds and frozen lakes are all abundant.<p>From orbiters, we could see what looked like a large number of dried-up riverbeds.<p>Many of these contained oxbow bends, while others contained flowing …

Is The Universe’s Expansion Accelerating? Probably Not, Researchers Say In New Study

The universe is expanding. And as it does so, it is also accelerating, such that every second, the speed at which space-time is expanding is faster …

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say

Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens.<p>A new analysis of strange modulations in a …

8th-magnitude Nova in Sagittarius

<b>A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars.</b><i>Update:</i> As of October 31st, …

Astronomy