Science & Astronomy

  • Searching for Time Travelers, Scientists Look to Social Media

    Searching for Time Travelers, Scientists Look to Social Media

    January 10, 2014 | Article

    Time travelers, if they exist amongst us, have yet to betray their period-hopping ways online, according to a fun, new study that tried to search out visitors from another time, based on their digital footprints.
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  • Hand of God | Space Wallpaper

    Hand of God | Space Wallpaper

    January 09, 2014 | Wallpaper

    The stunning space wallpaper depicts a pulsar wind nebula, produced by the dense remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova. What's left behind is a pulsar, called PSR B1509-58 (B1509 for short).
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  • Mars Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photos)

    Mars Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photos)

    January 09, 2014 | Article

    The 1-ton Curiosity rover and its tracks are visible in a new image, which was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2013 and just released today (Jan. 9).
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  • 'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo)

    'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo)

    January 09, 2014 | Article

    Religion and astronomy don't often overlap, but a new NASA X-ray image has captured a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God." The hand was produced when a star blew up and ejected an enormous cloud of material.
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  • Spiral Galaxy With '2 Hearts' Spied By Hubble | Video

    Spiral Galaxy With '2 Hearts' Spied By Hubble | Video

    January 09, 2014 | Video

    Some 15 million light years away, lies the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 83) and its 'double' nucleus. It is believed that it may contain a single supermassive black hole that has a lopsided disc of star orbiting it, creating the appearance.
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  • Black Hole Blasts Bright X-Rays |  6-Year Time-Lapse Video

    Black Hole Blasts Bright X-Rays | 6-Year Time-Lapse Video

    January 08, 2014 | Video

    The supermassive singularity at the center of our galaxy (Sgr A*) flares in X-ray radiation every 5 - 10 days. Astronomers swing NASA’s Swift XRT spacecraft to spy on the 4 million solar mass black hole every few days.
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  • Scale of Universe Measured with 1-Percent Accuracy

    Scale of Universe Measured with 1-Percent Accuracy

    January 08, 2014 | Article

    An ultraprecise new galaxy map is shedding light on the properties of dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be responsible for the universe's accelerating expansion.
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  • First Look | Space Wallpaper

    First Look | Space Wallpaper

    January 08, 2014 | Wallpaper

    This amazing space wallpaper is Gemini Planet Imager’s first light image of Beta Pictoris b—a planet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. The star, Beta Pictoris, is blocked in this image by a mask so its light doesn’t interfere with the light of the planet.
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  • Smallest, Faintest Galaxies of the Ancient Universe Spotted

    Smallest, Faintest Galaxies of the Ancient Universe Spotted

    January 08, 2014 | Article

    Two independent studies used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture galaxies from the early universe. One spotted galaxies 100 times fainter than previous detections, while the other captured galaxies up to 20 times brighter than similar galaxies.
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  • Sun Unleashes 1st Major Solar Flare of 2014 (Video)

    Sun Unleashes 1st Major Solar Flare of 2014 (Video)

    January 08, 2014 | Article

    A massive solar flare erupted from the sun on Tuesday (Jan. 7), rising up from what appears to be one of the largest sunspot groups seen on the star's surface in a decade, NASA officials say.
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