Science & Astronomy

How Far, the Stars? Quasars Solve 'Seven Sisters' Star Cluster Mystery
Image of Pleiades Star Cluster
August 28th, 2014
A new measurement, which used quasars as bright and consistent relative-distance markers, charted the famous "Seven Sisters" star cluster at 136.2 parsecs, or 444 light-years, away from Earth.
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White Dwarfs May Hold Nuclear Trigger for Explosive Supernovas
The supernova SN 2014J is seen (inset) in this Hubble Space Telescope photo captured on Jan. 31, 2014. The supernova, which was discovered on Jan. 21, is in the M82 galaxy about 11.5 million light-years from Earth. Scientists are using the supernova to le
August 27th, 2014
Supernovas may spark from catastrophic nuclear explosions on dead white dwarfs. The scenario has long been theorized by scientists, but now direct evidence has been found.
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Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star
Artist’s Concept of Large Impact Around Star NGC 2547-ID8
August 28th, 2014
The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.
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LISTEN LIVE NOW: NASA Space Launch System Mega-Rocket Update
Space Launch System Artist's Rendering
August 27th, 2014
NASA officials will hold a teleconference to discuss progress on the Space Launch System rocket designed to take humans deeper into space than ever before. The news conference is expected to begin at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) today (Aug. 27).
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Is the Universe a 2D Hologram? Experiment Aims to Find Out
Scientist Works on Fermilab's Holometer Experiment
August 28th, 2014
The Holometer project, which is based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, is now operating at full power, probing the very nature of space-time itself.
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Power of the Sun: Elusive Solar Neutrinos Detected, a Cosmic First
Borexino experiment
August 27th, 2014
Particles released from the core of the sun confirm existing models of the fusion process that drives the star.
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