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Adobe details how NASA edits space photos

Adobe details how NASA edits space photos

Those incredible space photos we see from NASA don't look that way fresh off the camera -- they're commonly composite photos composed of multiple images that were taken with different parameters and then heavily edited and adjusted during post-processing. That's not to say they've been altered in such a way that makes them fake, only more appealing to the eye.

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Black Hole doubts summoned by 11-year study

Black Hole doubts summoned by 11-year study

After an 11-year-long search for the gravitational waves that Einstein predicted as part of his general theory of relativity has found no evidence of the background waves, scientists are now questioning our understanding or galaxies and black holes. The search was carried out using the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CISIRO) Parkes telescope.

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Blood Moon: NASA shares HD photos from CO, WA, NYC

Blood Moon: NASA shares HD photos from CO, WA, NYC

Last night's perigee full moon (supermoon) was seen above the United States along with a total lunar eclipse. A "blood moon" is created when a supermoon happens at the same time as a total lunar eclipse, making the moon's face look as if it's painted in a deep red. The combination of these two events is relatively rare, happening every few decades - the last event occurred in 1982, while the next will happen in 2033. NASA captured a collection of high quality photos from the location of one of their associated photographers Joel Kowsky, Bill Ingalls, and Aubrey Gemignani for you to see today.

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Hubble snags a wooly galaxy in latest breathtaking photo

Hubble snags a wooly galaxy in latest breathtaking photo

One of the best things about the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit high above the Earth right now is that it takes fantastically beautiful images of the universe around us. The latest image NASA has offered up from the Hubble is of a spiral galaxy NGC 3521. At first glance you might think that the fuzzy appearance of the photo is due to something with the telescope’s imaging capability.

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SETI on Snowden’s alien remark: encryption isn’t an issue

SETI on Snowden’s alien remark: encryption isn’t an issue

During a recent podcast interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden made an off-the-cuff remark about aliens and encryption and why the latter might hinder efforts to find such beings. The gist of it was: aliens are probably using encryption, and as such we’re likely to miss any messages they send due to that encryption. SETI Institute has come back with a response, and has largely dismissed the concern.

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Breathtaking images of Messier 31 show a beautiful galaxy

Breathtaking images of Messier 31 show a beautiful galaxy

Looking up at the night sky in some places on Earth it's hard to see just how beautiful the universe can be. In some places, light pollution means you can only see the brightest of the stars. Thankfully no matter where we live, we can enjoy breathtaking images shot of deep space objects such as these photos of Messier 31, also known as Andromeda.

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New Pluto photos are strangest yet: “Snakeskin” topography

New Pluto photos are strangest yet: “Snakeskin” topography

A set of photos released by NASA today shows off a piece of landscape that looks like snakeskin, hundreds of miles long. "[This new landscape] looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology," said William McKinnon, New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team deputy lead from Washington University in St. Louis. "Maybe it's some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto's faint sunlight... This'll really take time to figure out."

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Here’s how to watch Sunday’s Supermoon Eclipse

Here’s how to watch Sunday’s Supermoon Eclipse

Some celestial phenomena happen regularly, but infrequently, and you may only get a few chances to see them during your lifetime. A supermoon lunar eclipse is one such event, a time when the moon is both at its closest to the Earth and when it passes into our planet’s shadow, causing a lunar eclipse. The last time this event happened was back in 1982, and if you happened to have missed it (or weren’t born yet), September 27 will be your next shot at witnessing the supermoon event.

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Scientists may have figured out Saturn’s giant hexagon

Scientists may have figured out Saturn’s giant hexagon

Saturn has a lot of strange things going on that scientists have been studying for decades now. One of the biggest mysteries that the giant ringed planet has harbored for years is the strange hexagon cloud formation over the planet’s north pole. Scientists first discovered the odd cloud formation in 1988 studying images returned by NASA Voyager flybys in 1980 and 1981.

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NASA co-developing astroid-shooting space shotgun

NASA co-developing astroid-shooting space shotgun

The idea of guns that can operate in space may sound like a ludicrous sci-fi fantasy, but once NASA gets involved, it all becomes legitimate experimental research. It has been revealed that the space agency is working with Brooklyn's Honeybee Robotics to develop a shotgun that will work in orbit, and be able to fire at asteroids. Now, before the excitement starts ramping up, the gun won't be for destroying the space rocks, or even hitting them hard enough to alter their trajectory.

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NASA countdown to human Mars tests begins: 8-years left [UPDATE]

NASA countdown to human Mars tests begins: 8-years left [UPDATE]

This week NASA has revealed that their crewed mission to Mars spacecraft testing timeline has been set. After an uncrewed Orion capsule (Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1)) was tested successfully in December of 2014, two more test flights have begun setup: Exploration Missions 1 and 2 (EM-1 and EM-2). As NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said of the first of several test missions, "[Orion is] a huge step for NASA and a really critical part of our work to pioneer deep space on our Journey to Mars." With NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, EM-1 will take off first without a human crew, and EM-2 will be launched with a human crew inside the next 8 years, by the year 2023.

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