Science & Astronomy

Milky Way's Monster Black Hole Ignores Its 'Snack,' and Debate Swirls
Infrared Image of G2
November 20th, 2014
A mysterious object orbiting our black hole has not yet revealed its identity as a gas cloud or a star, and two groups with a history of competition are each hoping to solve the puzzle.
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Unlocking the Secrets of an Alien World's Magnetic Field
'Hot Jupiter' Exoplanet
November 20th, 2014
The strength of an alien world's magnetic field may have been deduced for the first time, by analyzing fast winds slamming against it from the planet's star. The research could help gauge the strength of other exoplanets' magnetic fields as well.
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Asteroid Impact Threat: Experts Report on Early-Warning Strategies
Artist’s View of the Super Bolide
November 20th, 2014
The danger of an asteroid smacking into Earth is a clear and present hazard, underscored by the huge fireball and shattering explosion that occurred over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013.
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Mystery Object in Space: A Rogue Black Hole or Strange Supernova?
Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 177
November 19th, 2014
A mysterious object previously thought to be an exploding star could actually be two black holes fused together in a galactic collision and ejected into space.
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Philae Lander Sniffed Out Organics in Comet's Atmosphere
First Comet 67P Panoramic Image by Philae Lander
November 19th, 2014
The first probe ever to land on the surface of a comet performed some serious science before going into hibernation. Europe's Philae probe found organic molecules in the comet's atmosphere and discovered that the icy body's surface is as hard as ice.
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Curiosity Rover Recons Rocky Base of Mars Mountain (Photos)
'Pink Cliffs' Resist Erosion on Mars
November 20th, 2014
Curiosity continues to investigate an outcrop at the foot of Mount Sharp dubbed Pahrump Hills, which the robot reached in September after a 14-month trek.
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'The Art of Space' (US 2014): Book Excerpt
space books, book EV, space art, ron miller
November 19th, 2014
Space art spans centuries, beginning with the very first imaginings of what details might lie at the ends of ever more powerful telescopes.
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Rosetta Mission's Historic Comet Landing: Full Coverage
The strange, alien landscape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is seen in detail in this photo from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured in late October 2014 ahead of the Nov. 12 landing of Rosetta's Philae lander.
November 19th, 2014
Read news, see photos and watch videos about the Rosetta mission's landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko scheduled for Nov. 12.
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