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ESA’s Gaia provides most detailed star catalog ever and it’s gorgeous

ESA’s Gaia provides most detailed star catalog ever and it’s gorgeous

The ESA has been running its Gaia mission for a while now and that mission has produced what is hailed as the "richest star catalog to date." The star catalog has precision measurements of about 1.7 billion stars and has given us new details that have never been seen before of our Milky Way galaxy. The images here are the result of 22 months of charting the sky.

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Uranus is full of gas that smells like rotten eggs

Uranus is full of gas that smells like rotten eggs

A colorless gas called hydrogen sulfide is flammable, corrosive, and smells like rotten eggs. The chemical compound may also primarily compose Uranus' upper clouds, according to a newly published study. Researchers found evidence of hydrogen sulfide in the planet's atmosphere, providing a clearer picture on how the celestial body formed.

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Super-Earth gravity may prevent aliens from exploring space

Super-Earth gravity may prevent aliens from exploring space

A newly published study has presented an interesting possibility: aliens living on a distant "Super Earth" may be trapped on it by gravity that prevents space travel. Any civilization potentially existing on one of these massive planets may be greatly restricted in other ways, too; they likely wouldn't be able to launch satellites or a space telescope, for example, due to the huge associated cost.

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Green moon hoax will leave many disappointed tonight

Green moon hoax will leave many disappointed tonight

Sorry folks, but there won't be a green moon tonight. The hoax appeared on social media in recent weeks claiming that a special planetary alignment, which supposedly happens every 420 years, would cause the moon to appear green on April 20, every marijuana enthusiast's favorite day. As with many things you see on social media, this isn't true and never will be.

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Hubble Celebrates 28th birthday with awesome images of Lagoon Nebula

Hubble Celebrates 28th birthday with awesome images of Lagoon Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth and taking some of the coolest images of space that we have seen for 28 years now. To celebrate its nearly three decades of service, Hubble was aimed at the stunningly beautiful Lagoon Nebula and some of the images have been shared with the masses. The Lagoon Nebula is described as a vast stellar nursery.

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TESS planet-hunting satellite launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

TESS planet-hunting satellite launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

There are millions if not billions of planets in the known universe but we know very little about them. Thwarted by distance and technology, the best we could do is set up and train our best and brightest eyes on the sky to catch a glimpse and a clue of their nature and composition. That is exactly what TESS, short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was made for. The world's first exoplanet satellite, TESS just successfully launched into the sky, riding a Falcon 9, and is on its way to settle into orbit to expand our knowledge and, just maybe, find a new home for us.

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NASA Orion crew capsule will have special 3D printed parts

NASA Orion crew capsule will have special 3D printed parts

NASA's Orion crew capsule will feature special 3D-printed parts, according to the space agency. The printing technology will be used for more than 100 components, each made out of a special new material capable of handling the extremes of deep space. Orion is part of NASA's mission to take humans farther into space than ever before.

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Alien diamonds hit Earth in meteorite

Alien diamonds hit Earth in meteorite

This is the Almahata Sitta ureilite achondritic meteorite, and it's full of diamonds. The arrival of this meteorite actually happened all the way back in 2008, but the study revealing its contents only arrived just this week. Said study showed that not only is this hunk of space debris full of diamonds, it's full of diamonds from a hereto unknown planet that may have been part of our own solar system in the distant past.

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NASA TESS spacecraft set for launch today

NASA TESS spacecraft set for launch today

Way back in 2013 NASA chose TESS as one of its future missions and it was originally pegged to launch last year. That launch will finally happen today with liftoff set for 6:32 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The prediction is 80% for favorable weather for liftoff.

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Planet X and this April’s apocalypse: Great sci-fi potential

Planet X and this April’s apocalypse: Great sci-fi potential

Today we're going to discuss why the theory of a Planet X apocalypse is both ridiculous and an awesome idea for a sci-fi movie. The most recent call for the end of life on our planet comes from one madman who's out to sell a lot of books. And his name is not L. Ron Hubbard. This prediction begins with Planet X, otherwise known as Nibiru, which no telescope nor any other instrument of science has ever been able to detect before.

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Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

This afternoon the folks at NASA revealed a radical new video touring the moon in 4K resolution. This video was made using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). It's a very, very large video, and you're gonna want to watch it on the most massively pixel-dense device you've got on-hand.

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Northrop Grumman at fault for Zuma spy satellite failure

Northrop Grumman at fault for Zuma spy satellite failure

Back in January, SpaceX successfully pushed the Northrop Grumman Zuma spy satellite into orbit. Shortly after Zuma entered orbit it was announced that it was thought that the satellite was a complete loss. SpaceX began immediately saying that it was not at fault for the failure of the satellite.

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