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How We Managed What Einstein Thought Was Impossible – And Used His Theory To Weigh A Star

How We Managed What Einstein Thought Was Impossible – And Used His Theory To Weigh A Star

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UA/J.Irwin et al; Optical: NASA/STScI Gravity of a white dwarf star warps space and bends the light of a distant star behind it. NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI Guest Author Martin Dominik, University of St Andrews If you are looking at a glass lens you will not see the lens itself, but rather

The First Results From The Juno Mission Are In – And They Already Challenge Our Understanding Of Jupiter

Image Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles Guest Author Leigh Fletcher, University of Leicester Ten months after its nerve-wracking arrival at Jupiter, NASA’s Juno mission has started to deliver – forcing scientists to reevaluate what they thought they knew about the giant planet. The first findings from Juno, published in Science, indicate that many aspects of Jupiter have

NASA Releases Ceres Images

Organic Molecules Found On Giant Asteroid Ceres – Why That’s A Such A Huge Deal

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Guest Author Monica Grady, The Open University Sometimes, I think scientists are just that little bit too modest. A new paper in Science has a humdinger of a title: “Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres”. It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue and may not even seem that important. But what

Scientists Discover An Extremely Rare Type Of Galaxy

Scientists Discover An Extremely Rare Type Of Galaxy

Image credit: Researchers at University of Minnesota Duluth and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered a rare ring like galaxy that has never been seen before. Named PGC 1000714, it is located about 359 million light-years and appears to belong to a class of rarely observed, Hoag-type galaxies. Typical galaxies of this class contain an

Astronomers Find Odd Shaped Structures Lurking In The Galaxy's Interstellar Medium

New Plan To Send Messages To Aliens Underway

Image Credit: CSIRO/Alex Cherney   A group of scientists are planning to send messages into space first targeting Proxima b – the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System. The group, Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) is starting a discussion about what the messages should say, with the intention to begin sending in 2018. Scientists say it’s time to try

SETI Search Has Begun At Bizarre Dimming Star

Scientists Believe They Finally Have An Explanation For The Mysterious ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star

Image Credit: Kevin Gill via Flickr   The solution to the ‘alien megastructure’ star now has a new explanation which, of course, does not involve a Romulan or Klingon power gathering structure. To refresh your mind about what all this ‘alien megastructure’ business is, back in October 2015, scientists discovered a strange pattern of light surrounding a distant star called

Astronomers Now Have Best Explanation For "Alien Megastructure" Star Dimming

Astronomers Discover Yet Another Oddly Dimming Nearby Star

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech   Last October star KIC 8462852 (Tabby’s star) was discovered having characteristics unlike any other star previously known. The dips in its brightness were so big, so irregular and odd some proposed a Dyson sphere or some other similar alien megastructure. Recently, astronomers have found another mysteriously dimming young star known as RIK-210, which lies roughly 472 light-years