Science & Astronomy

What Are Those Bright Spots on Ceres? Go Vote!
The strange bright white spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this best view yet from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which captured this view on May 16, 2015.
May 22nd, 2015
The mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission website.
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Stunning 'Snakes' of Medusa Nebula Hint at Sun's Fate (Video, Photos)
New View of Medusa Nebula
May 21st, 2015
The Medusa Nebula's most detailed close-up ever shows a dying star's fate, similar to what will befall our sun in a few million years. The colorful display of gas some 1,500 light-years from Earth is happening because a star in the center of the nebula is
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Exoplanet Puzzle: How Is This Giant Alien Planet Too Big for Its Star?
HATS-6 Exoplanet
May 20th, 2015
A giant alien planet is seemingly too big for its cool dwarf star, raising questions about how it could possibly have formed. Further investigation of this odd exoplanet could help scientists understand how planets form, researchers said.
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Strange 'Nasty' Star May Be Spawned by Cosmic Cannibalism
Gas Surrounding Wolf-Rayet Star
May 22nd, 2015
Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have revealed a disk of gas nearly 3 trillion miles wide surrounding Nasty 1, suggesting that the star's strange appearance and behavior may stem from an ongoing act of cosmic cannibalism.
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Rare Supernova Burst Shines Light on Its Mysterious Origins
Type Ia Supernova Explosion
May 21st, 2015
Type Ia supernovas have long been used to measure the expansion of the universe. New research suggests that at least some of these explosions occur in systems with a white dwarf and a full-fledged companion star.
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Hubble Telescope Opened Its Space Eyes 25 Years Ago Today (Photo)
Hubble Space Telescope's First Image
May 20th, 2015
Hubble launched on April 24, 1990 and was deployed a day later. The telescope opened its eyes for the first time after a nearly monthlong checkout process, capturing an image of several stars with its Wide Field/Planetary Camera on May 20, 1990.
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Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found
Most Luminous Galaxy in the Universe
May 22nd, 2015
A newfound galaxy 12.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most luminous one known in the universe, blazing more brightly than 300 trillion suns. The engine behind the galaxy's brilliance may be a supermassive black hole, researchers said.
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Wild Weather of Distant Stars May Affect Chances for Alien Life
Extrasolar planets
May 20th, 2015
Alien planets likely experience "space weather," just like Earth's solar system. A team of scientists is trying to determine if such weather could make other planets inhospitable to life.
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