astronomy

Astronomers discover the sun’s much older twin

Astronomers discover the sun’s much older twin

Astronomers have recently discovered a new star that is described as the oldest twin to our sun ever discovered. The newly discovered star offers a glimpse at what our Sun will look like four billion years in the future. The newly discovered star is called HIP 102152.

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Strange radio wave bursts in space caused by star phenomena, say researchers

Strange radio wave bursts in space caused by star phenomena, say researchers

For several years, scientists and researchers have been witnessing mysterious bursts of radio waves originating from billions and billions of light-years away. So mysterious, in fact, that astronomers simply thought they weren't real and it was just a glich in their equipment, or maybe just EMI. However, researchers now think that something cataclysmic is causing these strange bursts.

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Supermoon sightings: more than 365 days until she comes back

Supermoon sightings: more than 365 days until she comes back

The past two days have been full of what's called "Supermoon" sightings due to the fact that the Earth has been as close to our moon as it's going to be all year long. While the past two days have brought on a flood of "oh my goodness that's the biggest moon I've ever seen" photographs, today we must face the facts: it wont just be another 365 days before we see this happen again.

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Newly-discovered galaxy forms stars at record pace

Newly-discovered galaxy forms stars at record pace

Scientists, researchers, and astronomers alike are all working around the clock to try and discover new bits and pieces on the history of the universe, and it appears they stumbled onto something quite interesting just recently. Astronomers have spotted what appears to be the most productive star-forming galaxy ever found, dubbed HFLS 3.

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Researchers uncover how spiral galaxy arms form

Researchers uncover how spiral galaxy arms form

Spiral galaxies are beautiful astronomical realities that have long been the cause of speculation, with no definitive conclusion having been made over what causes them. Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have helped solve this conundrum, stating that they've proved the spiral arms are persistent, long-lived, and self-perpetuating.

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Scientists discover rare quasar triplet 9 billion light years away

Scientists discover rare quasar triplet 9 billion light years away

A team of international researchers, lead by Emanuele Farina from the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, have discovered a rare, quasar triplet about 9 billion light years away from Earth. The quasar triplet has been named QQQ J1519+0627 and is only the second triplet to ever be found. The researchers believe that the galaxies that these quasars are a part of may be merging together in order to form one, enormous galaxy.

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NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA has discovered that there was a 3rd radiation belt hanging around Earth. The discovery was made by two Van Allen space probes that were made specifically to analyze Earth's radiation belts. The Van Allen probes were named after James Van Allen, who was the the first to discover the radiation belts 55 years ago in 1958. The probes are designed identically and provide scientists with a deeper insight on how radiation belts are formed.

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Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

It's been nearly two weeks since a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring around 1000 people, and damaging windows across as many as 4,000 buildings. After much analysis and research, Scientists in Colombia were able to figure out the meteor's path through the Earth's atmosphere, and use that to trace its orbit around the sun. Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, used trignometry to track the meteor's height, speed, and position as it made its way to Earth.

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Strange alien slime appears after meteor strike

Strange alien slime appears after meteor strike

Here's your daily dose of crazy. A strange, gooey substance has been appearing all over the Somerset nature reserve that's about a thousand miles away from Russia. The mysterious substances have been showing up ever since the meteor event in Russia a few days ago. Both the tourists of the reserve, as well as the workers there, have described the slimes resembling "something living".

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Fireball makes its way across the sky in Northern California

Fireball makes its way across the sky in Northern California

It looks like Russia isn't the only place getting some astronomical action. Within the same day that a meteor exploded over Russia and injured around 1200 people, folks over in Northern California spotted a 'meteor' zipping across the sky. The spectacle was caught on video by a couple of people driving in the San Francisco area. Not too long after the video was posted, many others took to social media to announce their sighting of the 'meteor' as well.


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NASA to launch Wallops Mission rocket this evening, live streaming now

NASA to launch Wallops Mission rocket this evening, live streaming now

Space enthusiasts on the east coast, keep an eye to the sky. NASA will be launching their Wallops Mission rocket sometime between now and 6:50pm EST. The Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket will release two lithium vapor trails colored red that will be visible to some in the Mid-Atlantic area. The mission is taking place from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility located in Virginia.

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NASA to send inflatable pod to the International Space Station

NASA to send inflatable pod to the International Space Station

NASA has penned a $17.8 million deal with Bigelow Aerospace that will bring a (relatively speaking) inexpensive inflatable pod to the International Space Station. The space pod is fabric-based, and could make its way into space by 2015. While its initial test run will be for observation and data, one day the pod could be used, among other things, as a quiet place for astronauts to hang out.

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