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Supernova discovery reveals how the biggest, brightest stars die

The most massive and luminous stars were long suspected to explode when they die, and astronomers now have the most direct evidence yet that these cosmic behemoths go out with a bang.<p>These findings shed light on the star explosions that provide the universe with the ingredients for planets and …

Huge Alien Object Spotted on Moon via NASA Imaging? (+Photos)

Google Moon shows what appears to be a massive alien spacecraft on the moon. It is L-shaped with what appears to be seven lights dotting its edge. …

Astronomy

A Breathtaking Lunar Panorama, Taken From China’s Moon Lander

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 01.21.14.<p>Time of Publication: 1:32 pm. 1:32 pm<p>It’s been more than 40 years since anyone’s …

Amazing

It’s Startling How Much Nebulae Look Like Eyes—Makes You Wonder… (+Photos)

Astronomy

2013 sustained long-term climate warming trend, says NASA report

NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh-warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global …

Mushrooms Are Helping Purify Dirty Waters

Shroom-cleaning<p>Let this idea grow on you: using mushrooms to clean up dirty, polluted urban streams. That's what environmentalists are trying in Oregon. Volunteers for Ocean Blue Project, an ecological restoration nonprofit, are placing mushroom spawn in burlap sacks with a mixture of coffee …

No, People Don't Have To Watch The Sunrise On TV In China

"Look at the screen. It must be morning."<p>Rise and glow! In addition to the dull lightening of smog that now denotes morning in the polluted city of Beijing, the glow of an electronic rising sun on television has been added to simulate the real thing... or so news reports from the Daily Mail and …

Penn State Students Seek Crowdfunding To Land A Hopping Rover On The Moon

The Lunar Lion is designed to land and then take off again across the surface of the moon.<p>Just before winter break, students at Pennsylvania State University sat in a control room behind a two-foot-thick concrete wall. On the other side of the wall was a cryogenic rocket. As the rocket fired away, …

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What is an astronomical unit?

Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar …

Astronomy

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Astrophysics