Science & Astronomy

Going Nova: Star Explosions Unleash Gamma-Ray Blasts
Star V407 Cyg Explodes
July 31st, 2014
Gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, may erupt from star explosions known as novas surprisingly often, but the way these gamma rays remains a mystery, scientists say
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WATCH LIVE @ 11:03 pm ET: Air Force to Launch New GPS Satellite
This ULA Atlas 5 rocket launched a new GPS satellite to space on May 16, 2014.
August 1st, 2014
The United States Air Force is set to launch a new GPS satellite atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Florida tonight (Aug. 1) at 11:23 p.m. EDT (0323 Aug. 2 GMT). Watch the live launch webcast from ULA starting at 11:03 p.m. EDT.
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Weird Supernova May Blow Away Star Explosion Theories
Supernova SN 2014J in Three Different Exposures
July 31st, 2014
Light from a radioactive metal forged inside a supernova blast could prompt a rethink of how some star explosions occur. See the latest discovery from the supernova SN 2014J.
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NASA Unveiling Instruments for 2020 Mars Rover Thursday: How to Watch Live
A sketch of the design for NASA's 2020 Mars rover, which will be based heavily on the agency's Curiosity rover. Agency officials will announce the 2020 rover's science instruments on July 31, 2014.
July 30th, 2014
Space agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
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Weird Orbits of Alien Planets May Be Due to Twin Stars
Artist's Impression of the Discs around the Young Stars HK Tauri A and B
July 30th, 2014
Some of the oddly skewed orbits of many alien worlds may be due to the twin stars they are often found circling, a new study suggests.
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Record-Breaking Cosmic 'Magnifying Glass' Found by Hubble Telescope
The two galaxies seen by Hubble
July 31st, 2014
In a surprising find, astronomers discovered a faraway galaxy that doubles as a cosmic "magnifying glass." At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, NASA announced.
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NASA's Next Mars Rover to Collect Martian Samples, Carry Lasers
Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, discusses the science instruments that will ride on the agency's next huge rover on the Mars 2020 mission during a press conference on July 31, 2014 at NASA headquarters in Washington.
July 31st, 2014
NASA's next big Mars rover launching in 2020 will be packed to the brim with high-tech instruments, including twin lasers, a water-hunting radar and a new drill to collect samples of Mars. See the seven science instruments on NASA's Mars rover 2020.
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