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  • Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star: 'surprised' astronomers

    October 31, 2017 1:41 PM 32

    A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet -- about the size of Jupiter -- cannot be formed around a star so small. Theory had predicted that small stars

  • Climate change 'stealthy killer' of bamboo lemurs: Study

    October 31, 2017 10:13 AM 31

    Climate changes may be forcing bamboo lemurs - one of the most endangered primate species on Earth - to change their dietary habits, causing them to slowly starve, an international study warns. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, analysed the anatomic, behavioural and paleontological data of lemurs along with climate data. Lemurs almost

  • The shadow of Amalthea

    October 29, 2017 1:37 PM 29

    One of Jupiter’s lesser known moons casts a shadow on the gas giant. Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the gas giant planet in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The elongated shape of the shadow is a result of both the location of the moon with relation to Jupiter in this image as well as the irregular shape of the moon itself

  • The Arctic sea ice may be declining faster than expected

    October 25, 2017 1:44 PM 24

    The Arctic Ocean could be ice-free much sooner than some scientific predictions, which forecast sea ice will first disappear completely during summer months between 2040 and 2050. — AFP picCALGARY, Oct 25 — Arctic sea ice may be thinning faster than predicted because salty snow on the surface of the ice skews the accuracy of satellite measurements, a new study

  • Commander of 1st flight of space shuttle Challenger dies

    October 24, 2017 12:55 PM 32

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85. Weitz died at his retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Monday, said Laura Cutchens of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. No cause of death was given. A NASA biography

  • Hillsdale College professor part of groundbreaking astrophysics discovery

    October 22, 2017 12:06 PM 22

    HILLSDALE, MI - A Hillsdale College assistant professor in physics is part of a recent groundbreaking and historic discovery in astrophysics. Ryan Lang is one of only three professors from Michigan institutions participating in an international collaboration with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration

  • Huge cave found on moon, could house astronauts: Japan scientists

    October 19, 2017 9:27 AM 14

    The idea is to first join a NASA-led mission in 2025 to build a space station in the moon's orbit, as part of a longer-term effort by NASA to reach Mars. The US also announced the country is committed to send astronauts to the moon. "We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundations

  • Google Maps now lets you explore more than a dozen planets and moons

    October 17, 2017 4:51 PM 14

    By zooming out of Earth and into other moons like Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon which is thought to have water underneath its crust, you can re-create the journeys of Cassini and other spacecrafts. Pluto, Venus, and several moons were also added to Google Maps. Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson put together maps of Europa, Ganymede, Rhea, and Mimas

  • Astronomers see source of gravitational waves for 1st time

    October 16, 2017 2:01 PM 87

    Wave created by 2 merging neutron stars in galaxy 130 million light years from Earth A never-before-seen explosion from the merger of two dense astral bodies known as neutron stars has been viewed with telescopes for the first time. "We did it again," National Science Foundation's director France Cordova said in a press conference on Monday. The explosion

  • Russian Cargo Ship Launches Fresh Food & More to Space Station

    October 14, 2017 11:21 AM 25

    The Russian Federal Space Agency's (Roscosmos) automated Progress 68 resupply ship lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket at 4:46 a.m. EDT (0846 GMT), beginning a weekend chase of the space station. The cargo ship is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting lab Monday (Oct. 16) at 7:09 a.m. EDT (1109 GMT). "Liftoff of the 68 Progress resupply craft bound on a two-day