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Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Today scientists have announced the confirmed existence of gravitational waves, providing proof for one of Albert Einstein's most elusive predictions. These gravitational waves open a door to new scientific discoveries innumerable, showing ripples in the fabric of space and time in a way previously thought impossible. Ironically - sort of - this year also marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's publication of his prediction of the existence of these gravitational waves, all the way back in 1915.

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Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

The future of high-speed internet in the US may be in growing fiber networks, but for people in remote locations, whether it be off the grid or in third-world countries, satellite internet is still the broadest solution. Unfortunately, internet delivered from satellites is slow, and that's something no one likes. Fortunately satellite company ViaSat has a plan to improve the situation, with a partner ship with Boeing that will see the launch of a new satellite class capable of an incredible 1 Terabit per second.

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NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

Mars is a desolate and lonely place that also happens to be quite beautiful. During the time, that NASA's massive Curiosity rover has been cruising the landscape of the Red Planet NASA has offered up some very cool images for us to check out. One of my favorite is the Curiosity Selfie at the top of this story. More recently, NASA has offered up a 360-degree video that Curiosity shot.

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Newly formed star creates a dazzling light show

Newly formed star creates a dazzling light show

Stars are wondrous and marvelous things, at least from a very safe distance of a few hundred light years away. Their birth, maturity, and death have always captured the interest of astronomers and scientists. Sometimes, however, they also capture the attention regular mortals like you and me, especially when they create a stunning light show. A newly formed star with a rather unexciting name of HD 97300 is doing exactly that, illuminating its neighboring nebula and creating a light display to remember.

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Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

It's not hard for us to think about what would happen to the Earth and life on our planet if a meteor impacted the surface. There have been several movies that showed what might happen in the event of an asteroid impact. A large enough asteroid could end all life on the planet leaving Earth devoid of life. A new study looks at what might happen to Earth if it were hit with a medium-size asteroid.

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North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea's newly launched satellite, the first since 2012, is now in a stable orbit after having previously been tumbling out of control. The satellite doesn't appear to be transmitting anything, according to officials and anonymous sources, but that doesn't mean much as North Korea is likely concentrating on getting controlled orbits under its belt first.

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NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

Early last year, NASA released some images styled after retro travel posters, each of the three presenting artistic representations of alien landscapes and the activities one might do in those places. They were a big hit with the public, with space enthusiasts and dreamers alike having them printed as posters. Thanks to Invisible Creatures, we've been graced with three new posters, each of which the studio had created for NASA as part of an internal project.

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Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Researchers have discovered a bunch of galaxies described as being 'behind' the Milky Way, at least from our own perspective in the universe, and they may be responsible for the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly. This collective of galaxies, of which there are hundreds, are located about 250 light years away from Earth, and many of them have been studied by researchers for the first time ever. According to the newly published study, 883 galaxies have been found.

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Dwarf planet Ceres was first observed 215 years ago

Dwarf planet Ceres was first observed 215 years ago

The dwarf planet Ceres was first discovered 215 years ago and over the generations our knowledge of the diminutive planet has has grown exponentially. Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi first viewed Ceres through a telescope and 215 years later, we have a spacecraft in orbit around the planet. NASA's Dawn mission arrived at Ceres in 2015.

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Fatal meteor impact in India may be first ever recorded

Fatal meteor impact in India may be first ever recorded

In what is being called a first in modern history, a man in India has died after being injured by a meteor that struck a college in India. The impact also wounded three other individuals, and left behind a crater about 4ft. deep, according to officials. The incident took place this past Saturday in Tamil Nadu at Bharathidasan Engineering College a little past noon; the impact, which happened in the school's cafeteria, is said to have produced an explosive sound heard as far away as three kilometers.

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James Webb Space Telescope mirror installation completed

James Webb Space Telescope mirror installation completed

Construction of a new space telescope has been underway for a long time now. The new telescope is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and its first primary mirror was installed back in November of 2015. On February 3, the 18th and final primary mirror segment was installed in the telescope.

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Blue Origin shares rocket point of view from historic landing

Blue Origin shares rocket point of view from historic landing

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has been busy setting records over the last few months when it comes to successfully landing re-usable rockets, only to launch and land them again. There's already been plenty of videos published of the private space agency's New Shepard rocket making its landings, but this week they shared one more, this time with a unique perspective: the landing shot from a camera on the rocket itself.

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