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'Mega-Earth' Planet Discovered Orbiting Distant Sun-Like Star

Artist’s conception of Kepler-10c (foreground) and Kepler-10b. Image Credit: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/David Aguilar

Astronomers on Monday made a “big” announcement about exoplanets, and it is big—literally. Another new world has been discovered, which is quite routine now these days, but this one is different, and unexpected: a planet which is more than twice as large [...]

The Majestic Realm of a Forgotten World: The Alluring Mysteries of Uranus

A false-color photograph of Uranus, its rings, and 10 of its moons, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer in near-infrared wavelengths. As seen in this photo, there’s so much more to see on Uranus than meets the eye. This enigmatic world deserves a dedicated space mission to be [...]

Probing the Dawn of Time: Hubble Frontier Fields Releases First Views of Distant, Previously Unseen Galaxies

A long-exposure image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, as part of the Hubble Frontier Fields program. The long blue streaks surrounding the cluster in the image come from the light of much more distant galaxies, located as far as 13 billion light-years away behind the cluster. Image Credit: [...]

NASA'S GALEX Reveals the Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy

Photo Credit: NASA / JPL

PASADENA, Calif. — The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile, and Brazil has crowned it the largest known spiral, based on archival data from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission, which [...]

Clues To Life On Mars Beckon America’s Curiosity Rover

AmericaSpace and The Mars Society are starting their coverage of the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” with this article detailing the rover’s suite of scientific instruments. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Like a scientific commando lowered from  a rocket powered hovercraft into a dangerous landing zone 154 million mi. from Earth,  the [...]

Space Rock Will Draw Thousands To Jodrell Bank Observatory

The huge Mark 1 Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory looms over a tranquil cow pasture in northwest England. Picture Credit: Jodrell Bank Observatory

The 250 ft. diameter radio telescope at England’s Jodrell Bank Observatory is expected to draw 10,000 people in June to view the kind of space rock discoveries that have [...]

NASA Hosts Briefing On New Observations Of Interstellar Matter

IBEX

Artist's impression of IBEX exploring the edge of our solar system. Credit: NASA GSFC.

WASHINGTON — NASA will host a Science Update at 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, to discuss new analysis from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft of material from outside our solar system and the interstellar boundary region that [...]

NASA’s Hubble Breaks New Ground with Distant Supernova Discovery

Part of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (Space Telescope Science Institute and The Johns Hopkins University), and S. Rodney (The Johns Hopkins University)

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has looked deep into the distant universe and detected the feeble glow of a star that exploded [...]

Hubble Pinpoints Farthest Protoclust​er of Galaxies Ever Seen

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Trenti (University of Colorado, Boulder and Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, U.K.), L. Bradley (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore), and the BoRG team

WASHINGTON — Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development. It is the most distant [...]

NASA’S Chandra Finds Largest Cluster in Early Universe

NASA'S CHANDRA FINDS LARGEST GALAXY CLUSTER IN EARLY UNIVERSE

NASA'S Chandra X-ray observatory has found the largest galaxy cluster to date in the distant universe. Image Credit: NASA

Washington — An exceptional galaxy cluster, the largest seen in the distant universe, has been found using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile.

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